Australian Oaks 2017 Field Features NZ Oaks Winner

April 4th, 2017

The Kiwi three-year-olds are out in force again at Randwick Racecourse on the weekend with three fillies making a raid in the 2017 Australian Oaks field including last start NZ Oaks winner Bonneval.

Lasqueti Spirit

Crown Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit runs in the 2017 Australian Oaks field in Sydney this Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A final field of fourteen fillies take to the Randwick track in Race 6 at 2:35pm (AEDT) on Saturday afternoon in this year’s edition of the $1 million Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m).

Last weekend on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’ Kiwi trainer Murray Baker enjoyed his fourth win in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) with Jon Snow.

Seven days later he and co-trainer Andrew Forsman will saddle-up the favourite in Australian Oaks betting at Bonneval who comes off a trio of wins back home.

The latest saw the Makfi filly enjoy a half-length win the Group 1 NZ Oaks (2400m), which produced last year’s ATC Oaks winner with Sofia Rosa improving on a lead-up second.

The latest Australian Oaks odds at have Bonneval at $4 to do the across the international Oaks double and she jumps from barrier six with jockey Hugh Bowman aboard.

Bowman is an ATC Oaks specialist having ridden three past winners of the race to victory including the aforementioned Sofia Rosa last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Also out of the New Zealand Oaks and backing-up in the Sydney edition this weekend is the Shaune Ritchie-trained runner-up Devise.

The daughter of Darci Brahma was beaten a half-length by Bonneval on March 18 and gets into the Australian Oaks field in gate nine with Damien Oliver aboard for her debut down under.

Devise is at $7 in Australian Oaks betting, while the last of the New Zealand fillies in the mix La Bella Diosa is at longer odds of $17 after her last start ninth in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).

The Vinery Stud Stakes last produced an Australian Oaks winner with Rising Romance (4th in 2014) and the best out of the race this year are Nurse Kitchen (2nd) and Harlow Gold (3rd).

Nurse Kitchen and the Lindsay Park-trained Harlow Gold, who ran second in Melbourne’s Crown Oaks in the spring, are both drawn wide in Australian Oaks barriers 14 and 12 respectively this weekend.

Harlow Gold is the $5 second elect to improve getting back up to the 2400m on Saturday as she chases her first black-type win, while Nurse Kitchen is the $6 third pick.

The other single-figure fancy at $8 for an upset is Lasqueti Sprit who beat home Harlow Gold in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington last November.

She brings into the race a different form line having run fifth behind Jameka in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) against a field full of Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Sydney Cup hopes last time out.

Check out the full ATC Australian Oaks 2017 field, barriers and jockeys below before heading to for all the top Sydney racing odds and offers this weekend.


Saturday April 8, 2017 – Randwick Race 6 (2:35pm)

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 38241×0275 LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Jay Ford 2 56kg 103
2 4x3111x109 LA BELLA DIOSA (NZ) Mandy & Matt Brown Jason Collett 1 56kg 103
3 1x5P3111 BONNEVAL (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Hugh Bowman 6 56kg 103
4 1x01x702 NURSE KITCHEN (NZ) David Brideoake Blake Shinn 14 56kg 95
5 611562×343 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 12 56kg 94
6 61142332 DEVISE (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Damien Oliver 9 56kg 92
7 x2231x5525 LUBITON Bjorn Baker Damian Lane 8 56kg 78
8 2×571 WAKING MOMENT John P Thompson Craig Williams 7 56kg 75
9 36×93142 PERFECT RHYME Ron Leemon Tye Angland 11 56kg 73
10 15130 WHEAL LEISURE Archie Alexander James Doyle 10 56kg 70
11 78x411x626 CAMBAGE Scott Singleton Ms Jess Taylor 4 56kg 68
12 4315 HIGH IMPULSE James Cummings Tim Clark 5 56kg 64
13 41600×3604 LAMMA HILTON Anthony & Edward Cummings Tommy Berry 3 56kg 63
14 0673 ZAMBESIA Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 13 56kg