2011 Australian Oaks Nominations & Early Preview

March 16th, 2011

The 2011 Australian Oaks will take place at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday April 16 for Doncaster Mile Day and 94 three-year-old fillies were nominated for this year’s showdown.

Worth $550,000 in prize money and run over 2400m, the Group 1 Australian Oaks is one of three elite level races on the Randwick race-card for April 16 along with the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and the $350,000 Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m).

Of the 94 early entries heading towards a spot in the 2011 Australian Oaks field, early favourites include:

Brazilian Pulse (Michael Moroney) – Last year’s Crown Oaks winning filly resumed with a first-up second to Do Ra Mi in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m), will improve over the season with more runs over more distance

Shamrocker (Danny O’Brien)- Smart O’Reilly filly was second to Brazilian Pulse in the Crown Oaks last prep, enjoyed an upset win in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington last start bringing her into Oaks contention

More Strawberries (Gai Waterhouse) – Best chance Waterhouse has of winning successive Australian Oaks after scoring with Once Were Wild in 2010, More Than Ready filly is a multiple Group winner and Group 1 placegetter in the Flight Stakes last spring – most recently ran a game fourth in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm

Kings Rose (Jason Bridgeman) – Super consistent Redoute’s Choice filly from New Zealand has enjoyed a succession of recent wins including her latest victory in the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) on February 12

Do Ra Mi (Peter Snowden) – Daughter of Savabeel is on the up and up, has won three of her seven starts to date including a great 2 ½ length victory over Brazilian Pulse in the Kewney Stakes on March 12

Lights Of Heaven (Peter Moody) – Unbeaten Zabell filly, lightly-raced with just three starts but has won all including her success in the Group 2 Fillies Classic (1600m) at Moonee Valley on March 4

Southern Speed (Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas) – Impressive South Australian filly won her first three career starts including the Group 3 The Mittys Vanity (1400m) at Flemington before a horror barrier draw saw her finish seventh in the Australian Guineas, returned to form with a devastatingly close second in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville on March 14

Pinker Pinker (Greg Eurell) – Group 1 star in the making, daughter of Reset has won back-to-back black-types this campaign with wins in the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) at Flemington

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2011 Patinack Farm Australian Oaks Nominations

# Horse Trainer
1 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent
2 AFFIRMATIVE (NZ) Graeme Rogerson
3 AIN’TNOFALLENSTAR Lee Freedman
4 ANNIE HIGGINS (NZ) Lance Noble
5 ARIZONA MISS (NZ) Michael Kent
6 AVARELLI (NZ) Guy Walter
7 AWESOME IMAGE Craig Carmody
8 BALLYKISHEEN Guy Walter
9 BECERRA Lee Freedman
10 BLINDING (NZ) Dick Bothwell
11 BLISSFUL HONOUR Ian Savins
12 BOOKLET Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
13 BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ) Michael Moroney
14 BRIDE SALAMA Anthony Cummings
15 CANNERY ROW Guy Walter
16 CASULA GAL Chris Waller
17 CHAPARRAL LASS (NZ) Lance Noble
18 CHOIRS Robert Price
19 CHULA VISTA Anthony Cummings
20 COOL FLYER Terry Croft
21 CORAL REEF David Hayes
22 COUNT YOUR FINGERS John P Thompson
23 CRAFTY IRNA Ron Quinton
24 DATING (NZ) Graeme Rogerson
25 DEMON NURSE Lesley Jeffriess
26 DINKY MINK Anthony Cummings
27 DIVORCES Peter Snowden
28 DO RA MI (NZ) Peter G Moody
29 DREAMWORKER Grahame Begg
30 ELLA ZABELLA (NZ) Mick Price
31 FAITH FIREBIRD Leon Corstens
32 FAITH IN MY Steve Englebrecht
33 FIBRILLATION Tim Martin
34 FINAL FLING (NZ) Bruce Wallace
35 FRENETICA Danny O’Brien
36 GRENADA ROAD Peter G Moody
37 HAUT TON Peter Snowden
38 HIDDEN TREASURE Mark F Webb
39 HOLLYWELL Guy Walter
40 HONOR NET (NZ) John O’Shea
41 ICE CREME Gai Waterhouse
42 INSURGENT (NZ) Roger James
43 IRON LACE Chris Waller
44 JETER John P Thompson
45 KIM HEAVEN Bart Cummings
46 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Jason Bridgman
47 LA FANTASTIQUE Robert Smerdon
48 LADY LONHRO Diane Poidevin-Laine
49 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody
50 MAGIC IVY (NZ) Bob Thomsen
51 MAGIC TARTAN (NZ) John P Thompson
52 MIRACLE MAGIC Bede Murray
53 MIRJULISA LASS Gregory Hickman
54 MISS OPULENCE Garry Frazer
55 MONEY TREE Kevin Moses
56 MORE STRAWBERRIES Gai Waterhouse
57 NEXT (NZ) Russell Cameron
58 NICKYNOO’S GIRL Stephen Hill
59 NOTJUSTAPRETTYFACE Matthew Dale
60 OFF AND LAUGHING John P Thompson
61 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell
62 PLACEMENT (NZ) Danny O’Brien
63 PRECIOUS LORRAINE David Hayes
64 QUEEN’S FASHION David Hayes
65 ROCKET GIRL Anthony Cummings
66 ROSE OF PEACE Gary Portelli
67 SAVANAH RUSH (NZ) Arron Tata
68 SAVANNAH’S CHOICE Chris Waller
69 SCARLETT LADY (NZ) Graeme Rogerson
70 SECOND DRAW John P Thompson
71 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien
72 SHEZATEN (NZ) Tony Vasil
73 SHIBBOLETH (NZ) Roger James
74 SHYLIGHT David Brideoake
75 SISTINE ANGEL Andrew Noblet
76 SLOW THE FLOW Matthew Smith
77 SMASH HIT David Payne
78 SONG AND ROSES Kevin Moses
79 SONG SHAN Anthony Cummings
80 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
81 STORM BURST Peter G Moody
82 SWORN TO SECRECY (NZ) John O’Shea
83 TERPSICHORE Andrew Noblet
84 TERRIFIC TULLA Anthony Cummings
85 THAT’S ME SECRET Jason Coyle
86 TIMARETE Gai Waterhouse
87 TRIPLE SIX Grahame Begg
88 TWO TIMES A LADY (NZ) Joanna Methven
89 VERY CHERRY Leon Corstens
90 WHO’S READY Alan Scorse
91 WILLOW CREEK Peter G Moody
92 WONDERGAL Anthony Cummings
93 ZAMERIT (NZ) Anthony Cummings
94 ZIGZAG Guy Walter