Candelara Confirmed for 2015 Australian Oaks

April 7th, 2015

Talented mare Candelara has secured a position in the final field for Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick after comfortably taking out the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) at The Championships on Monday.

Candelara secured a position in the 2015 Australian Oaks with success in Monday's Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Candelara secured a position in the 2015 Australian Oaks with success in Monday’s Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Jumping from the gates well, jockey Hugh Bowman settled the Real Saga filly in prime position on heels of early leaders La Stupenda and Maastricht, who set a reasonable pace away from the barriers and over the back straight.

Continuing to stalk her opponents, Candelara quickly spooled up and charged forward with 300m to run; opening an unassailable lead and confirming her position in the 2015 Australian Oaks.

Hugh Bowman was originally confirmed to ride Set Square in the Australian Oaks, but appears likely to retain the ride on Candelara after trainer Ciaron Maher confirmed the Crown Oaks winner has returned to Melbourne following a flat Vinery Stud Stakes performance.

“She may well back-up to be my Oaks ride now because Set Square’s gone back to Melbourne,” Bowman said after the race.

Trainer Bjorn Baker was understandably thrilled with Candelara’s performance on Monday and believes she is more than capable of backing up in the Australian Oaks after only five days.

“It’s great to come and win any race at Randwick, any race in Sydney let alone on Derby Day,” Baker said.

“I did mention before the race she’s rock-hard fit, she handles the wet track and her only previous win was here at Randwick on a slow, probably very similar track to this.

“Her work’s been very good in the last three weeks, she’s done a little bit of work with Mongolian Khan and although she’s not in his class her work’s been right up there with him.

“The only thing I can say is she’s rock-hard fit.”

In taking out the Adrian Knox Stakes, Candelara has now won two races and finished in the minors a further four times through a total of fourteen competitive appearances on course.

The 2015 Australian Oaks final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday today (April 7th).

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