A talented and capacity field of sixteen plus four emergencies has been confirmed for Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Adelaide Autumn Carnival’s most exciting prospects.
David Hayes and Tom Dabernig will launch a two-pronged attack on the fillies’ feature race after confirming both Pasadena Girl and Sacred Eye in the 2016 Australasian Oaks field.
A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2015 edition of the Champagne Stakes (1600m), Pasadena Girl resumed in spring for second in the talent-rich Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) and while unable to return to winning form, ran fourth in each of the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m), Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) and Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m).
Placing third in the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m), the daughter of Savabeel failed to leave the gates in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) on March 12th, and has failed to make much of an impact in her two most recent starts.
Pasadena Girl will leave from the ideal barrier 6 with in-form hoop Damian Lane in the saddle on Saturday.
Sacred Eye is a proven performer over the distance but will undoubtedly require luck in running on Saturday after drawing barrier 17.
Posting two wins as many minors through only nine starts, Sacred Eye ran on for a close second in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) before savaging the line for success in the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) on October 17th, most notably through a strong spring campaign.
Running fifth in each of the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) and Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) upon resuming this time, the High Chaparral filly placed fourth in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) on Day 1 of The Championships before a luckless run for eighth in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) last time out on April 9th.
Sure to relish a return to her pet distance, Sacred Eye should receive a great ride from in-form hoop Dwayne Dunn.
Arcadia Dream will be looking to emulate the efforts of her stable mate Delicacy and win the Australian Oaks off the back of success in the Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m).
Capping a strong summer campaign with success in the Listed Aquanita Stakes (1800m) on December 5th, Arcadia Dream returned this time for fourth in the Listed Challenge Stakes (1500m) at Ascot on February 20th.
Progressing to a close second in the Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m) on March 5th, the Domesday filly charged home to win the Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m) on March 19th; finishing second in the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) in her only other start prior to the WATC Derby.
Undoubtedly requiring luck in transit from barrier 20, Arcadia Dream will be partnered by regular hoop William Pike in the Australasian Oaks.
Silent Sedition carries winning form into the Australasian Oaks and could very well receive the run of the race from barrier 7, with Craig Williams aboard.
Stamping herself as a particularly exciting prospect for Andrew Noblett, Silent Sedition posted consecutive wins in the Vic Statewide Conveyancing Maiden (1200m) and Listed Bendigo Guineas (1400m) upon resuming this time; running second in the Ladbrokes Cash In Handicap (1600m) before beating a classy field in the Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) a fortnight ago.
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2016 Australasian Oaks Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||25444x3N80||PASADENA GIRL (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||6||56kg||95|
|2||3201×42121||ARCADIA DREAM||Grant Williams||William Pike||20||56kg||87|
|3||11393||BELIEVE||Anthony Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||14||56kg||86|
|4||12217×5548||SACRED EYE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||17||56kg||85|
|5||217×13717||FIRST IMPRESSIONS (NZ)||Grant Williams||Glenn Smith||12||56kg||82|
|6||3234×1121||SILENT SEDITION||Andrew Noblet||Craig Williams||7||56kg||81|
|7||6440×15112||C’EST BEAU LA VIE||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Jason Holder||13||56kg||79|
|8||0264×09811||BENGAL CAT||John Sadler||Thomas Sadler (a)||19||56kg||78|
|9||114374||ASINARA||John O’Shea||Damien Oliver||18||56kg||77|
|10||42182×4523||COMPRENDE||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||15||56kg||73|
|11||0x3211x961||LOPARTEGA||Doug Harrison||Ibrahim Gundogdu||5||56kg||71|
|12||55212×4440||BELUGA BLUE||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||10||56kg||70|
|13||4x111x7470||JACQUI’S JOY (NZ)||Mitchell Beer & Max Hinton||Mark Zahra||9||56kg||70|
|14||11||ABBEY MARIE||Michael Kent||Luke Nolen||3||56kg||69|
|15||7696×60907||THE GREY FLASH||Robbie Laing||–||2||56kg||67|
|16||326223624||RIVERINA BELLA||John & Chris Ledger||Craig Newitt||8||56kg||60|
|17e||7×85321||CAMARI (NZ)||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||16||56kg||65|
|18e||6x5212x633||SHE’S GOT SPEED||Danny O’Brien||Glen Boss||1||56kg||64|
|19e||57×31220||ARTESIAN||John O’Shea||Ms Jamie Kah||11||56kg||64|
|20e||2302×32158||STREET SPUN||David Brideoake||Daniel Moor||4||56kg||63|