Streama Takes Australian Oaks 2012 Top Honours

April 21st, 2012

Short-priced favourite Streama has done as expected and taken victory in the $550,000 Group 1 2012 Australian Oaks at Royal Randwick today.

Trained by Guy Walter, the Stratum filly started as a short $1.40 favourite and produced a tremendous effort to come from four lengths behind at the top of the straight to eventually win by a head.

Aliyana Tilde and Thy broke away with 900 metres to go but experienced jockey Hugh Bowman was happy to sit patiently, leaving Streama for a big sprint finish.

As they hit the top of the straight Bowman let Streama go and she showed her sensational turn of foot and ran down the leaders.

Trainer Walter was relieved after the race, saying it was tougher than he expected.

“She’s had to make up a fair bit of ground…but she’s got away with it,” he said.

“Really pleased with her, she’s done a great job.”

It marks a second Group 1 victory for Streama who now boasts an impressive resume of six wins from 13 starts.

Jockey Bowman said he was happy to get away with victory after getting in a position that wasn’t ideal.

“It wasn’t ideal, I wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be but I just had to deal with it and I kept her relaxed,” he said.

“She’s got a good turn of foot and she makes her own luck. She did that again today.”

Stream will now be spelled before a spring campaign that will see he chase more victories at the elite level.

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Australian Oaks 2012 – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 1 STREAMA Guy Walter Hugh Bowman 6 56kg $1.40F
2 4 ALIYANA TILDE Kerry Parker Blake Shinn 0.2L 4 56kg $14
3 5 THY (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1.5L 5 56kg $12
4 2 FULL OF SPIRIT Roger James James McDonald 4L 3 56kg $6.50
5 8 COLOURIST Guy Walter Ms Kathy O’Hara 6.9L 1 56kg $101
6 3 ROCK ROBSTER David Hayes Craig Williams 7.6L 8 56kg $31
7 6 LIGHTENS Guy Walter Kerrin McEvoy 7.7L 2 56kg $41
8 7 SUZANNE Clarry Conners Christian Reith 32.7L 7 56kg $151