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ATC AUSTRALIAN OAKS - FOUR FAST FACTS


A Classic race for 3 Year Old Fillies, the Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks is run over 2400m at set weights conditions. It is the premier event for staying fillies in Sydney and along with the Victorian Oaks over 2500m, the Queensland Oaks over 2200m and the Australasian Oaks over 2000m are the 4 Oaks events on the Australian turf calendar run at G1 level.

As part of The Championships, ballot exemptions were awarded to the winner of the 2016 Adrian Knox Stakes and the Vinery Stud Stakes.

First held in 1885 as the AJC Oaks and renamed the AJC Australian Oaks in 1994, the 2016 edition has total prizemoney of $1m with the winner to receive $600,000. Past winners include the likes of Flight, Light Fingers, Surround, Sheraco, Triscay, Circles Of Gold, Sunday Joy and Streama.

The Australian Oaks forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.


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ATC Australian Oaks Guide
Date: Saturday 9th April 2016
Race Time: 14:35 AEST
Race Code: SR6
Location: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2400 metres
Race Type: 3YO Fillies Under Set Weights
Status Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000
2016 Winner: Sofia Rosa
2016 Australian Oaks Odds


NO. NAME RESULT ODDS
7 SOFIA ROSA 1ST $5.70 (win)
5 AMBIENCE 2ND $7.50 (pl)
14 BELIEVE 3RD $14.90 (pl)
1 JAMEKA 4TH -
11 CHABAUD - -
6 VALLEY GIRL - -
10 CAPELLA - -
4 SACRED EYE - -
12 SELF ESTEEM - -
3 HONESTA - -
9 ALASKAN ROSE - -
8 DIAMOND MADE - -
13 HAPPY HANNAH - -
2 SINGLE GAZE - -
AUSTRALIAN OAKS EXPERT TIPS FROM

BEST BETS’ CARL DI IORIO

  • 7SOFIA ROSA
  • 3HONESTA
  • 13HAPPY HANNAH
  • 6VALLEY GIRL

Again JAMEKA draws wide and is expected to slide forward. She’s likely to be joined by SELF ESTEEM while SACRED EYE, BELIEVE and SINGLE GAZE should settle just behind the speed.

SOFIA ROSA is a gifted filly that’s still quite green. She was competitive in two runs last spring in Sydney but has undoubtedly improved since. She’s won three of five starts since, with her two defeats in exceptional circumstances. She was favourite in the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) on Boxing Day, ahead of VALLEY GIRL and CAPELLA, but fell spectacularly at the top of the straight. She was first past the post last start in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) but lost that race on protest.

HONESTA was runner-up in last year’s Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) behind Jameka. Her three runs this prep have been all sound without being anything particularly special but the prospect of a heavy track brings her right into play.

It takes a good horse to come from last and win at Hawkesbury and HAPPY HANNAH did that when scoring at maiden level three runs ago. Her Warwick Farm midweek win was impressive before showing she’s up to the elite level by reeling off the fastest last 600m of the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m). Happy Hannah will eat up 2400 metres on that run.

VALLEY GIRL after finishing behind Sofia Rosa in the Group 2 Royal Stakes then won the Hallmark Mile and Group 1 Herbie Dyke (2000m) at weight-for-age at Te Rapa, beating New Zealand’s highest rating middle-distance horse Kawi. Only Tavago (won last week’s ATC Derby) and Humidor (won Group 3 last week in New Zealand) had a quicker final 800 metres in the New Zealand Derby. Valley Girl stuck on admirably from her trailing spot in the Vinery Stud Stakes and should appreciate the rise back up to 2400m in the Oaks.



ATC AUSTRALIAN OAKS BETTING PREVIEW

ATC AUSTRALIAN OAKS BETTING PREVIEW

JAMEKA

Winning the VRC Oaks when 5th up in the Spring, Jameka will be 5th up this campaign as she goes in search of the Oaks Double. It takes a once a decade horse to win both Oaks with the last 4 fillies to achieve the feat having been well spaced – Serenade Rose (2005/06), Research (1988/89), Surround (1976/77) and Light Fingers (1964/65). Jameka may just be that filly. Taking on the boys at her past 3 starts she gets back to fillies only competition for just the 2nd time this preparation and has come up with the extreme outside barrier. Last week she was forced to race wide for the first 600m of the Derby before getting in closer and the effort told, but she was still the best of the rest and easily held 2nd. Her run in the G1 Rosehill Guineas she also had the outside barrier and... read more Winning the VRC Oaks when 5th up in the Spring, Jameka will be 5th up this campaign as she goes in search of the Oaks Double. It takes a once a decade horse to win both Oaks with the last 4 fillies to achieve the feat having been well spaced – Serenade Rose (2005/06), Research (1988/89), Surround (1976/77) and Light Fingers (1964/65). Jameka may just be that filly. Taking on the boys at her past 3 starts she gets back to fillies only competition for just the 2nd time this preparation and has come up with the extreme outside barrier. Last week she was forced to race wide for the first 600m of the Derby before getting in closer and the effort told, but she was still the best of the rest and easily held 2nd. Her run in the G1 Rosehill Guineas she also had the outside barrier and was gallant in finishing 3rd. This is her Autumn Grand Final. read less

VALLEY GIRL

Trained in New Zealand by Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs, Valley Girl has contested all of her 8 career starts in this same preparation. At just her 3rd career start she finished 3rd in the G2 Eight Carat at Ellerslie behind fellow Oaks campaigner Capella over 1600m when looking like the 1600m was a bit too sharp for her. Next up she went to the G2 Royal Stakes where she finished 5th behind another Oaks hopeful Sofia Rosa. 2 starts later she took out the G1 Herbie Dyke over 2000m at Te Rapa and then went to the G1 NZ Derby. After settling worse than mid-field she was caught in the scrimmage that caused those at the rear to be heavily checked. Finishing resolutely down the centre of the track she was 5th, one position ahead of Tavago who won the ATC Derby last week at his next outing. At... read more Trained in New Zealand by Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs, Valley Girl has contested all of her 8 career starts in this same preparation. At just her 3rd career start she finished 3rd in the G2 Eight Carat at Ellerslie behind fellow Oaks campaigner Capella over 1600m when looking like the 1600m was a bit too sharp for her. Next up she went to the G2 Royal Stakes where she finished 5th behind another Oaks hopeful Sofia Rosa. 2 starts later she took out the G1 Herbie Dyke over 2000m at Te Rapa and then went to the G1 NZ Derby. After settling worse than mid-field she was caught in the scrimmage that caused those at the rear to be heavily checked. Finishing resolutely down the centre of the track she was 5th, one position ahead of Tavago who won the ATC Derby last week at his next outing. At her first Australian run she finished under a length from Single Gaze in the G1 Vinery Stud Stakes when running home along the rail to land 2nd. read less

SOFIA ROSA

Another NZ filly, Sofia Rosa has a slight edge on her Kiwi counterparts, having raced at Randwick in the Spring as an early 3YO. At just her 3rd career start trainer Stephen Marsh bought the filly across to Randwick for a 2 start Spring campaign where she finished 6th in the G2 Tea Rose Stakes and 7th in the G1 Flight Stakes. Returning home she was an easy winner of a low class set weights event and then in the G2 Eight Carat clipped heels and fell in a horrible looking spill when running favourite. Showing no ill-effects of the fall she came out and won the next week in the G2 Royal Stakes over 2000m and followed that with another win, this time in G3 company over 2100m in the Lowland Stakes at Hastings. Her final run was a 2nd in the G1 NZ Oaks at Trentham when beaten... read more Another NZ filly, Sofia Rosa has a slight edge on her Kiwi counterparts, having raced at Randwick in the Spring as an early 3YO. At just her 3rd career start trainer Stephen Marsh bought the filly across to Randwick for a 2 start Spring campaign where she finished 6th in the G2 Tea Rose Stakes and 7th in the G1 Flight Stakes. Returning home she was an easy winner of a low class set weights event and then in the G2 Eight Carat clipped heels and fell in a horrible looking spill when running favourite. Showing no ill-effects of the fall she came out and won the next week in the G2 Royal Stakes over 2000m and followed that with another win, this time in G3 company over 2100m in the Lowland Stakes at Hastings. Her final run was a 2nd in the G1 NZ Oaks at Trentham when beaten a nose. read less



THE ROUGHIE

THE ROUGHIE

SINGLE GAZE

Unwanted in the betting for the G1 Vinery Stud Stakes, Single Gaze again finds herself down the boards in the markets here. The Vinery was her 2nd taste of Group 1 action and her 1st as a 3YO and she was very impressive in taking the win. After missing the features last spring she targeted the 3YO Magic Millions Guineas, finishing 2nd, running Mahuta to a length. After a freshen she then returned to Sydney where she finished 2nd to Ghisoni in the G2 Surround Stakes and her last 2 starts have been wins. Taking the G3 Keith Nolan Stakes at Kembla Grange over 1600m and then her 2000m Vinery win was impressive and gave every indication she can run out a strong 2400m despite her breeding suggesting even 2000m would be too far.



ATC AUSTRALIAN OAKS INFORMATION

ATC AUSTRALIAN OAKS INFORMATION

The ATC Australian Oaks is one of the most competitive horse races for young stayers at the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Run over the 2400m distance at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse, The Oaks consistently groups the best three-year-old fillies to battle it out for a share in the $1m prize pool. The event is run under set weight conditions and is one of the feature races on the Day 2 of The Championships. Competitors in the field tend to use the Group 1 Storm Queen Stakes or the Group 2 Adrian Knox Stakes as lead up races to this event.

In 2012, the Guy Walter trained Streama finished runner-up in the Storm Queen Stakes before going on to take out the ATC Australian Oaks a fortnight later. The race dates back to 1885 when won by Uralla. Some of the best female stayers have been successful in this blue ribbon event including; Light Fingers (1965), Leilani (1974), Surround (1977), Our Sophia (1985), Research (1989), Triscay (1991), Circles Of Gold (1995), Republic Lass (2002), Sunday Joy (2003), Serenade Rose (2006) and Streama (2012).



PREVIOUS ATC AUSTRALIAN OAKS WINNERS

PREVIOUS ATC AUSTRALIAN OAKS WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
2016 SOFIA ROSA HUGH BOWMAN STEPHEN MARSH 02:34.2
2015 GUST OF WIND TYE ANGLAND JOHN SARGENT 02:32.4
2014 RISING ROMANCE JAMES MCDONALS D&D LOGAN 02:31.7
2013 ROYAL DESCENT NASH RAWILLER CHRIS WALLER 02:34.1
2012 STREAMA HUGH BOWMAN GUY WALTER 02:31.0
2011 ABSOLUTELY BRAD RAWILLER MICHAEL KENT 02:35.6
2010 ONCE WERE WILD NASH RAWILLER GAI WATERHOUSE 02:30.4
2009 DAFFODIL HUGH BOWMAN KEVIN GRAY 02:33.3
2008 HEAVENLY GLOW ROBERT THOMPSON ALLAN DENHAM 02:34.8
2007 RENA’S LADY MICHAEL RODD GARY PORTELLI 02:33.7
2006 SERENADE ROSE GLEN BOSS LEE FREEDMAN 02:28.6