This Saturday the highly anticipated $300, 000 Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) will run as the highlight event at Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide.
The final field of competitors for the 2010 Australasian Oaks, known this year as the Schweppes Oaks, has been announced with a capacity field of 16 fine fillies plus three emergencies ready to take to the turf.
Listed Adelaide Guineas winner Small Minds has had her chances of Group 1 victory dampened with a horror barrier draw of 17. Trained by John Thompson, Victorian Small Minds stormed to victory in the Adelaide Guineas on March 8 after starting as the $61 outsider.
Two of the other interstate fillies travelling to Adelaide on Saturday have also suffered a blow with the barriers, the Danny O’Brien trained Pins On Ice and stablemate of Small Minds, No Evidence Needed drawing the far outside barriers 18 and 19.
Michael Kent’s Savabeel filly My Emotion is backing up her last start win in the Group 2 Fillies Classic at Moonee Valley with a run in the 2010 Australasian Oaks. The lightly raced three-year-old is aiming at her fourth win in her eighth career start.
Victorian based trainer Peter Moody is making his assault on both the Morphettville Group 1 features on Saturday, and in the Schweppes Oaks he will have Fillies Classic runner-up Speedy Natalie and Salinas starting from barriers four and 14 respectively.
The other major event scheduled to run at the meeting is the $300, 000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) featuring many of South Australia’s best fillies and mares and a number of quality interstate raiders as well.
The first two placegetters in the 2010 Australasian Schweppes Oaks will be exempt from ballot for SA Oaks on April 10.
2010 Australasian Schweppes Oaks Final Field & Barriers
LINKY DINK (NZ)
|John P Thompson||Paul Gatt||13||56|
MY EMOTION (NZ)
|Michael Kent||Steven King||12||56|
NO EVIDENCE NEEDED
|John P Thompson||Danny Nikolic||19||56|
|John McArdle||Brad Rawiller||11||56|
|Richard Jolly||Chad Lever||2||56|
|Peter G Moody||Dwayne Dunn||4||56|
|Peter G Moody||Luke Currie||14||56|
|Mick Price||Damien Oliver||6||56|
|John P Thompson||Dean Holland||17||56|
PINS ON ICE (NZ)
|Danny O’Brien||James Winks||18||56|
|Mick Price||Craig Newitt||7||56|
|David Payne||Jason Holder||10||56|
|Phillip Stokes||Ben Claridge||15||56|
|Danny O’Brien||Clare Lindop||8||56|
MY MOJO’S BACK
|Anthony Cummings||Mark Zahra||9||56|
|Richard Jolly||Libby Hopwood||3||56|
|T & K O’Sullivan||Holly McKechnie||16||56|
MARLEY AND ME