2010 Australasian Oaks Final Field

March 17th, 2010

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

#

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Br.

Weight (kg)

1
LINKY DINK (NZ)
John P Thompson Paul Gatt 13 56
2
MY EMOTION (NZ)
Michael Kent Steven King 12 56
3
NO EVIDENCE NEEDED
John P Thompson Danny Nikolic 19 56
4
ABSOLUTE FAITH
John McArdle Brad Rawiller 11 56
5
I’M DISCREET
Richard Jolly Chad Lever 2 56
6
SPEEDY NATALIE
Peter G Moody Dwayne Dunn 4 56
7
SALINAS
Peter G Moody Luke Currie 14 56
8
ALOHA
Mick Price Damien Oliver 6 56
9
SMALL MINDS
John P Thompson Dean Holland 17 56
10
PINS ON ICE (NZ)
Danny O’Brien James Winks 18 56
11
NAKAAYA
Mick Price Craig Newitt 7 56
12
ARTISTIC ROCK
David Payne Jason Holder 10 56
13
FURLINE
Phillip Stokes Ben Claridge 15 56
14
IPIOGA
Danny O’Brien Clare Lindop 8 56
15
MY MOJO’S BACK
Anthony Cummings Mark Zahra 9 56
16
SHADY GROVE
Richard Jolly Libby Hopwood 3 56
17e
EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)
T & K O’Sullivan Holly McKechnie 16 56
18e
MARLEY AND ME
Gordon Richards 1 56
19e
RHIANNON’S JOY
Rick Hore-Lacy 5 56