2016 Australian Oaks Results: Sofia Rosa Too Good

April 9th, 2016

Sofia Rosa has been crowned the 2016 Australian Oaks winner after producing an impressive late turn of foot to beat Ambience and Believe to the line on Day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick.

Sofia Rosa lost the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) on protest three weeks ago but did her chances of atonement no harm when jumping well and taking a good position in transit on the fence, as Self Esteem injected plenty of early tempo into the race.

Rounding onto the final straight with plenty to do, jockey Hugh Bowman found a gap between runners before asking the talented daughter of Makfi for an extra effort, who promptly responded with an impressive sprint to the line.

Trainer Stephen Marsh was understandably thrilled with Sofia Rosa’s performance for success in the 2016 Australian Oaks and revealed a return in spring for a preparation geared towards the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) is likely.

“I’m very proud of her,” Marsh said.

“(in Spring) She looked like a hairy little foal and she’s now developed into what looks like a nice two-year-old now.

“She’s going to be better again as a four-year-old mare. She’s very difficult, and as you saw today Hugh said she’s probably one of the more difficult horses he’s ever ridden.

“We’ll spell her, she’ll have a good spell and develop a bit more and then we’ll go to Melbourne in spring.

“We’ve always looked at her as a potential Caulfield Cup style of horse.”

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2016 Australian Oaks Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 7 SOFIA ROSA (NZ) Stephen Marsh Hugh Bowman 11 56kg $4.80
2 5 AMBIENCE John O’Shea James McDonald 0.5L 3 56kg $41
3 14 BELIEVE Anthony Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 0.7L 10 56kg $61
4 1 JAMEKA Ciaron Maher Damien Oliver 1.2L 14 56kg $3.20F
5 11 CHABAUD (NZ) Robert Smerdon Tommy Berry 1.6L 2 56kg $26
6 6 VALLEY GIRL (NZ) Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs Brett Prebble 1.7L 9 56kg $12
7 10 CAPELLA (NZ) Danica Guy Opie Bosson 2.2L 13 56kg $14
8 4 SACRED EYE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Nicholas Hall 2.9L 1 56kg $41
9 12 SELF ESTEEM Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 3.2L 12 56kg $51
10 3 HONESTA John P Thompson Craig Williams 3.9L 7 56kg $9.50
11 9 ALASKAN ROSE (NZ) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 4.1L 5 56kg $21
12 8 DIAMOND MADE Bruce Cross Glyn Schofield 4.2L 4 56kg $41
13 13 HAPPY HANNAH Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 12.6L 6 56kg $7
F 2 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 8 56kg $13