Small Minds Wins 2010 Australasian Schweppes Oaks

March 22nd, 2010

John Thompson’s Small Minds claimed an upset victory in the $300, 000 Group 1 Australasian Schweppes Oaks (2006m) at Morphettville on Saturday ahead of crack field of fillies.

Small Minds, winner of the Listed Adelaide Guineas last start, had been mainly ignored by the punters and went onto the field at $26.

But she proved them wrong overcoming her horror barrier draw and winning ahead of stablemate No Evidence Needed ($7) by a neck, who gave Thompson and owner Patinack Farm the quinella, with the Danny O’Brien-trained Ipioga ($9) a further half-neck back in third.

The victory gave former Adelaide jockey Dean Holland his first Group 1 victory and Thompson’s initial Group 1 win since being installed as head trainer for owner Nathan Tinkler from the Patinack Farm stables.

It was a disastrous outcome for the Peter Moody-trained favourite Speedy Natalie, who after bucking badly over the initial 200m was manoeuvred off the track by hoop Dwayne Dunn.

Originally positioned to claim Group 1 wins in two states on Saturday, Moody had a nightmare day on Saturday with Speedy Natalie and it was more bad news at Rosehill when his promising filly Set For Fame was scratched from the $600, 000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic with an elevated temperature.

Daughter of Canny Lad, Small Minds has now saluted in four of her 12 career starts for just over $290, 000 in prizemoney.

Small Minds is likely to head to Sydney for the autumn carnival races following her success on Saturday with the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) a possible goal on April 17.

The other Group 1 feature held at Morphettville on Saturday was the $300, 000 Robert Sangster Stakes where the talented filly Rostova scored her maiden Group 1 victory.

2010 Australasian Schweppes Oaks Results

Place

Horse

Trainer

Rider

1
SMALL MINDS
John Thompson Dean Holland
2
NO EVIDENCE NEEDED
John Thompson Danny Nikolic
3
IPIOGA
Danny O’Brien James Winks
4
ALOHA
Mick Price Damien Oliver
5
SALINAS
Peter G Moody Luke Currie
6
MY EMOTION (NZ)
Michael Kent Steven King
7
ABSOLUTE FAITH
John McArdle Brad Rawiller
8
I’M DISCREET
Richard Jolly Chad Lever
9
SHADY GROVE
Richard Jolly Libby Hopwood
10
FURLINE
Phillip Stokes Ben Claridge
11
ARTISTIC ROCK
David Payne Jason Holder
12
NAKAAYA
Mick Price Craig Newitt
13
PINS ON ICE (NZ)
Danny O’Brien James Winks
14
MY MOJO’S BACK
Anthony Cummings Mark Zahra
15
LINKY DINK (NZ)
John P Thompson Paul Gatt
Failed To Finish
SPEEDY NATALIE
Scratched
EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)
MARLEY AND ME
RHIANNON’S JOY