Australian Oaks 2017

Saturday April 8, 2017

Ladbrokes Tip: Favourites have a poor recent record in the Australian Oaks so try laying the top fancy.

The Australian Oaks is one of four exciting Group 1 races held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Day 2 of The Championships during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Run on the second or third Saturday of April the 2400m race is open to three-year-old fillies and is held at the same meeting as the autumn’s richest race, the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

The other Group 1 races on the card that day are the Sydney Cup and Queen Of The Turf Stakes – also known as The Coolmore Legacy Stakes. The Australian Oaks, or ATC Oaks, is a set weights event with all the fillies in the field carrying 56kg. Offering $1 million in total prize money the Australian Oaks winner takes out $600,000 for connections.

Winners of the Adrian Knox Stakes and Vinery Stud Stakes are exempt from Australian Oaks ballot and these two races are the key lead-ups to the Group 1 over the mile and a half.

Royal Descent (2013) was the last filly to complete the Adrian Knox Stakes – ATC Australian Oaks double joining the likes of Serenade Rose (2006), Rena’s Lady (2007) and Heavenly Glow (2008) who also took out both races in recent years.

The latest edition of the Australian Oaks took place on Saturday April 8, 2017, 2017.

2017 Australian Oaks Results

  • 1st: Bonneval
  • 2nd: Perfect Rhyme
  • 3rd: Lasqueti Spirit

Australian Oaks Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 8, 2017
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1885

Australian Oaks Odds & Betting

One of the popular fillies’ betting doubles of the autumn is the Adrian Knox Stakes – Australian Oaks double with the former the key lead-up race influencing markets for the Group 1 a week later. Australian Oaks betting favours fillies coming out of the Adrian Knox as well as the Vinery Stud Stakes held over 2000m at Sydney’s other premier track – Rosehill – two weeks earlier.

From 2006 – 2017 just three Australian Oaks favourites saluted for the punters including, most recently Bonneval ($4.20 in 2017).

Looking for fillies coming off good form with a good barrier in the Australian Oaks odds is also important as just two winners since 2002 jumped from a double digit gate when Daffodil overcame barrier 11 of 18 to win in 2009 and Sofia Rosa got the job done from 11 of 14 in 2016.

2017 Australian Oaks Betting

The Australian Oaks 2017 betting odds on the Group 1 autumn feature for three-year-old fillies will be listed below as soon as markets are released.

Australian Oaks Field

The largest Australian Oaks field in the past 30 years was 18 starters in 2009 when Daffodil scored an upset win as a 12/1 chance in betting. The race run with just eight starters in both 2007 and 2012 when Rena’s Lady and Streama won respectively.

Featuring the season’s best staying three-year-old fillies the Australian Oaks field is primarily made-up of horses coming out of the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) run the previous Saturday on Doncaster Mile Day.

The Adrian Knox Stakes has produced seven Australian Oaks winners in the past 20 years including Gust Of Wind (4th) in 2015. Australian Oaks nominations close on a Monday in early February before first acceptances are taken a month later.

The official Australian Oaks field of final acceptors and barrier draw is then out on the Tuesday before the race, while connections have until the same day to pay the $22,000 late entry fee.

Australian Oaks odds favoured a win by Streama in 2012.

Streama (2012) was the last favourite in Australian Oaks betting to salute for the punters in the autumn classic for fillies. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

2017 Australian Oaks Field

The Australian Oaks 2017 field and barrier draw is to be released on Tuesday April 4, 2017 and will be listed in full below.

The official 2017 Australian Oaks Final Field & Barriers are now out with fourteen hopefuls led by the likes of NZ Oaks winner Bonneval and runner-up Devise; the Vinery Stud Stakes runner-up Nurse Kitchen and third-placegetter Harlow Gold; and the spring’s Crown Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit drawn in barrier two.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 38241×0275 LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Jay Ford 2 56kg 103
2 4x3111x109 LA BELLA DIOSA (NZ) Mandy & Matt Brown Jason Collett 1 56kg 103
3 1x5P3111 BONNEVAL (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Hugh Bowman 6 56kg 103
4 1x01x702 NURSE KITCHEN (NZ) David Brideoake Blake Shinn 14 56kg 95
5 611562×343 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 12 56kg 94
6 61142332 DEVISE (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Damien Oliver 9 56kg 92
7 x2231x5525 LUBITON Bjorn Baker Damian Lane 8 56kg 78
8 2×571 WAKING MOMENT John P Thompson Craig Williams 7 56kg 75
9 36×93142 PERFECT RHYME Ron Leemon Tye Angland 11 56kg 73
10 15130 WHEAL LEISURE Archie Alexander James Doyle 10 56kg 70
11 78x411x626 CAMBAGE Scott Singleton Ms Jess Taylor 4 56kg 68
12 4315 HIGH IMPULSE James Cummings Tim Clark 5 56kg 64
13 41600×3604 LAMMA HILTON Anthony & Edward Cummings Tommy Berry 3 56kg 63
14 0673 ZAMBESIA Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 13 56kg
  • 2017 Australian Oaks Nominations closed on February 6, 2017 and drew 127 early entries
  • 2017 Australian Oaks First Acceptances closed March 7, 2017 and left 70 fillies

Australian Oaks Tips

Australian Oaks tips favour young fillies with proven form over at least 2000m showing the potential to run out a strong mile and a half. Tipping Australian Oaks runners on the short back-up out of the Adrian Knox Stakes is always popular and the Adrian Knox – ATC Oaks is common betting double.

Another key lead-up race to consider when doing the Australian Oaks tips is the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Slipper Day a fortnight before. Three Australian Oaks winners from 2010 – 2017 had their final lead-up in the Vinery Stud Stakes including Rising Romance (4th) in 2014.

2017 Australian Oaks Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes’ Australian Oaks 2017 betting tips will be detailed below the week of the race so you know what fillies to back and sack in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day Group 1 this autumn.

Australian Oaks Form Guide

The Australian Oaks form guide provides punters with all the key information including saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, lead-up races and barriers. The last Australian Oaks winner to run worse than fifth in her final lead-up run was Sunday Joy who improved on a 12th against the boys in the Australian Derby to win the fillies’ equivalent in 2003.

Since 1992 just four Australian Oaks winning fillies came off a run outside of Sydney with New Zealand raider Daffodil (2009), that year’s Schweppes Oaks runner-up in Adelaide Absolutely (2011), another Kiwi Sofai Rosa (2016) who ran second in the NZ Oaks back home and most recently Bonneval (2017) who did the NZ Oaks – ATC Oaks double.

Gai Waterhouse has trained three Australian Oaks winners since 2000 including Once Were Wild (2010). The most successful Australian Oaks barrier draw producing six winners since 1983 is gate five followed by the inside alley with five winners out of barrier one in that time despite the distance of the race.

Australian Oaks Form Facts

  • Favourites in Australian Oaks betting have a poor recent record with the last to win being Bonneval (2017) and before her Streama (2012)
  • Roughies in Australian Oaks odds have had a number of recent wins including Gust Of Wind ($17 in 2015), Absolutely (31 in 2011) and Rena’s Lady ($21 in 2007)
  • The Adrian Knox Stakes is the key Australian Oaks form line to follow into the Group 1 race
  • Fillies that ran outside the top four in their lead-up run are ones to avoid when doing the Australian Oaks form
  • Sunday Joy (12th in 2003) was the last Australian Oaks winning filly to come off a Australian Derby run against the boys
  • The Australian Derby – Oaks double was last achieved by Research (1989)

Australian Oaks Results

Upset Australian Oaks results are not uncommon with the favourites having only a fair record in the classic. The longest priced winners over the past decade are Rena’s Lady ($21 in 2007), Absolutely ($31 in 2011) and Gust Of Wind ($17 in 2015).

Notable recent Australian Oaks winners include Rising Romance (2014), Royal Descent (2013), Streama (2012) and Serenade Rose (2006).

2017 Australian Oaks Results

The Australian Oaks 2017 results and finishing order will be known on Saturday April 8, 2017 and confirmed below once announced.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 3 BONNEVAL (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Hugh Bowman 6 56kg $4.20EF
2 9 PERFECT RHYME Ron Leemon Tye Angland 4.5L 11 56kg $18
3 1 LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Jay Ford 4.9L 2 56kg $11
4 5 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 11.7L 12 56kg $5
5 10 WHEAL LEISURE Archie Alexander James Doyle 13.1L 10 56kg $81
6 4 NURSE KITCHEN (NZ) David Brideoake Blake Shinn 13.3L 13 56kg $4.20EF
7 8 WAKING MOMENT John P Thompson Craig Williams 18.9L 7 56kg $20
8 6 DEVISE (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Damien Oliver 24.6L 9 56kg $11
9 12 HIGH IMPULSE James Cummings Tim Clark 32L 5 56kg $101
10 11 CAMBAGE Scott Singleton Ms Jess Taylor 37.1L 4 56kg $101
11 13 LAMMA HILTON Anthony & Edward Cummings Tommy Berry 55.8L 3 56kg $91
12 7 LUBITON Bjorn Baker Damian Lane 56.7L 8 56kg $13
13 2 LA BELLA DIOSA (NZ) Mandy & Matt Brown Jason Collett 78L 1 56kg $14
14 ZAMBESIA Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 0

Australian Oaks Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 Bonneval Perfect Rhyme Lasqueti Spirit 2.36.2
2016 Sofia Rosa Ambience Believe 2:34.2
2015 Gust Of Wind Winx Candelara 2:32.4
2014 Rising Romance Zanbagh Lucia Valentina 2:31.7
2013 Royal Descent Dear Demi Gondokoro 2:34.1
2012 Streama Aliyana Tilde Thy 2:31.
2011 Absolutely Shamrocker Pinker Pinker 2:35.6
2010 Once Were Wild Faint Perfume Run For Naara 2:30.4
2009 Daffodil Think Money Miss Darcey 2;33.3
2008 Heavenly Glow Boundless Galileo’s Daughter 2:34.8
2007 Rena’s Lady Perfect Drop Tuesday Joy 2:33.7
2006 Serenade Rose Flora Danica Beauty Watch 2:28.6
2005 Dizelle She’s Justa Tad Gee That’s Tops 2:34.2
2004 Wild Iris French Lady Boulevard Of Dreams 2:30.5
2003 Sunday Joy Shower Of Roses Bramble Rose 2:32.5
2002 Republic Lass Elegant Fashion Quays 2:31.0
2001 Rose Archway Tempest Morn Asia 2:35.8
2000 Coco Cobanna Tributes Miss Zoe 2:32.5