Absolutely Wins 2011 AJC Australian Oaks

April 18th, 2011

In the upset result of this year’s Doncaster Mile Day, Michael Kent’s smart Redoute’s Choice filly Absolutely beat home a quality field of fellow three-year-old fillies to win the $550,000 Group 1 AJC Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Coming off a second place finish in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2008m) at Morphettville, Absolutely went out as a $31 roughie in the 100th AJC Oaks odds.

In a brave performance on a muddy Randwick track, Absolutely ($31) and jockey Brad Rawiller handled the conditions impressively and were able to defeat Australian Guineas / Australian Derby double winner Shamrocker ($3.50F) by an emphatic three and a half lengths.

Greg Eurell’s progressive filly Pinker Pinker ($8.50) finished off the winning 2011 AJC Oaks trifecta a further half length away while Fibrillation was the next best placed six lengths back from the winner.

Absolutely broke her maiden status in becoming the AJC Australian Oaks winner and gave Kent his first Group 1 winner since his return from Singapore five years ago.

Prepared at Cranbourne, Absolutely was a $150,000 purchase as a yearling and has now started seven times for one win and three minor placings earning $447,000 in prize money.

Absolutely is set to be sent for a spell before being brought back in the spring where the prestigious 2011 Caulfield Cup will likely be her main aim.

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2011 Patinack Farm 100th AJC Oaks Results

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 9 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 3 56kg $31
2 1 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Glen Boss 3.5L 4 56kg $3.50F
3 4 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell Dwayne Dunn 4L 10 56kg $8.50
4 7 FIBRILLATION Tim Martin Damien Oliver 6.1L 8 56kg $6.50
5 12 IRON LACE Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 8.7L 12 56kg $71
6 16 AVARELLI (NZ) Guy Walter Kerrin McEvoy 11.6L 5 56kg $101
7 8 CRAFTY IRNA Ron Quinton Glyn Schofield 12.4L 14 56kg $41
8 2 BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ) Michael Moroney Craig Williams 13.4L 1 56kg $4.60
9 6 PLACEMENT (NZ) Danny O’Brien Chris Munce 14.2L 11 56kg $51
10 17 DREAMWORKER Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 22.4L 13 56kg $81
11 15 LADY LONHRO Diane Poidevin-Laine Peter Wells 24.7L 15 56kg $151
12 14 BRIDE SALAMA Anthony Cummings Tim Clark 34.1L 7 56kg $61
13 3 DO RA MI (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 35.1L 2 56kg $21
14 11 DATING (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson Hugh Bowman 35.2L 9 56kg $8
15 13 ROSE OF PEACE Gary Portelli Michael Rodd 39.4L 6 56kg $26
16 5 MIRJULISA LASS Gregory Hickman Corey Brown 43L 16 56kg $15
SCR 10 BECERRA Lee Freedman Jim Cassidy 0