A talented and capacity field of 16 plus four emergencies has been confirmed for Saturday’s Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Fontein Ruby has returned to racing in slick form this year and as a result has opened as and maintained status as outright $3.50 favourites in 2015 Australasian Oaks betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Stamping her claims as one to watch over an impressive spring campaign, Fontein Ruby won a pair of Victoria sprints and progressed to consecutive wins in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) most notably.
Returning this time for minor place finishes in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m), the Turffontein filly was unable to beat a single runner home in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 7th but responded in the best way possible in taking out her two most recent starts, including the Listed Alexandra Stakes (1600m).
Sure to relish a step-up to her pet distance of 2000m, Fontein Ruby has been confirmed to be partnered by Mark Zahra and is more than worth consideration for an Australasian Oaks bet at current odds.
Fenway charged home to secure a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) last time out and is a great chance of delivering on generous $4.60 Australasian Oaks odds this weekend.
Posting two wins and one minor through her six career starts, the daughter of High Chaparral ran fourth in each of the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) and Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) leading into her Vinery Stud Stakes success and was unlucky to be scratched from the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) field with a minor hoof issue.
Reportedly in peak condition leading into Saturday’s race, jockey Blake Shinn has been confirmed to retain the ride on Lee and Shannon Hope’s leading chance for success.
Perth raider Delicacy is undoubtedly in career-best form to date and arguably offers punters the best value for money in 2015 Australasian Oaks betting markets at $7.50 odds as a result.
Finishing outside the first three only once through her 12 career starts, the Al Maher mare enters the Australasian Oaks off the back of victories in the Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m), Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m), Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) and Group 3 WATC Derby (2400m), and will be particularly difficult to beat should she find a clear line from barrier 11.
Wine Tales ($9) interestingly figures as the only other runner in 2015 Australasian Oaks betting markets offered at a quote of less-than $10, while Hipster Girl ($51) is available at the longest odds of the 16 confirmed runners.
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