The Australasian Oaks is a Group 1 race for three-year-old fillies that takes place in May at Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia during the Adelaide autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres for fillies only and worth $500,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Australasian Oaks was won by Sopressa from Sheezdashing with Miss Admiration third.
Held on the same day as the Gr1 Robert Sangster Stakes, the Australasian Oaks has been run as the 'Schweppes Stakes' in recent years and takes place alongside the Gr2 Queen Of The South Stakes & Gr3 DC Mckay Stakes.
|Date:||Saturday 5th May 2018|
|Track:||Morphettville racecourse, Adelaide|
|Race Type:||3yo Fillies - Set Weights|
The Australasian Oaks is the premier middle distance staying race for three-year-old fillies during the autumn racing carnival in Adelaide and the set weight conditions of the race suits the better fillies entered. Typically made up of more than handy local fillies, the Australasian Oaks also attracts any interested visitors from other states who choose to make the trek to Adelaide in search of Group 1 success.
The Australiasian Oaks provides the ideal lead up race to the upcoming Gr3 SA Oaks over 2400m at the same track. A race such as the Gr3 Auraria Stakes over 1800m at Morphettville on Gr3 RN Irwin Stakes day earlier in the carnival is a typical lead-up event to this race. In recent times May's Dream (2014) & Maybe Discreet (2013) both placed in the Auraria Stakes on their way to winning this race.
Occasionally a quality female galloper may contest this event and go on to bigger and better things, such as Delicacy (2015) & Zarita (2008), who both managed to beat the colts & geldings in the Gr1 SA Derby later in the carnival, while Southern Speed (3rd in 2011) went on to win the Gr1 Caulfield Cup the following spring at Caulfield in Melbourne. Darren Weir trained filly Kenedna (2nd in 2017) headed north to Brisbane to win the Gr2 Doomben Roses at Doomben racecourse in Queensland.
Sopressa (2018) took out the Auraria Stakes over 1800m at Morphettville before scoring an impressive victory in this event and recent Australasian Oaks winners include Egg Tart (2017) and Abbey Marie (2016).
1. $6.50 Sopressa 56.0 Harry Coffey
2. $16.00 Sheezdashing 56.0 Damien Thornton
3. $26.00 Miss Admiration 56.0 Ben Melham
4. $21.00 Pleasuring 56.0 Damian Lane
5. $5.50 Think Bleue 56.0 John Allen
6. $5.50 Aloisia 56.0 Mark Zahra
7. $5.00 Savacool 56.0 Damien Oliver
8. $21.00 Semari 56.0 Dwayne Dunn
9. $18.00 Temple Of Bel 56.0 Craig Williams
10. $61.00 Pure Scot 56.0 Regan Bayliss
11. $41.00 Pretty To Sea 56.0 Michael Dee
12. $51.00 Earth Angel 56.0 Joe Bowditch
13. $31.00 Velocita 56.0 Stephen Baster
14. $12.00 Bring Me Roses 56.0 Luke Currie
Margins: 0.3 len, 0.1 len
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|2017||Egg Tart||Kenedna||Ana Royale||2:04.3|
|2016||Abbey Marie||Silent Sedition||C'est Beau La Vie||2:04.1|
|2014||May's Dream||Star Fashion||Scratchy Bottom||2:04.8|
|2013||Maybe Discreet||Grand Daughter||La Zuma||2:07.0|
|2012||Invest||Our Miss Jones||Essence||2:06.9|
|2011||Lights Of Heaven||Absolutely||Southern Speed||2:05.3|
|2010||Small Minds||No Evidence Needed||Ipioga||2:06.4|
|2009||Gallica||Estee||Miss Lily Rose||2:03.8|
|2008||Zarita||Moment In Time||Queen Of Queens||2:04.3|
|2006||Marju Snip||Zenarta||Fanciful Bella||2:04.4|
|2004||Rinky Dink||Star Of Grechen||Dane Belltar||2:04.3|
|2003||Sound Action||Milanova||Great Anna||2:05.1|
|2002||Tully Thunder||Shes Archie||Arboretum||2:03.3|
|2001||Tempest Morn||South Sea Pearl||Glitzy Guru||2:07.1|
|2000||Grand Echezeaux||Umaline||Porto Roca||2:04.3|
|1999||Episode||Grand Archway||Toy Carousel||2:04.2|
|1996||Leica Smile||Miss Margaret||Ester Kelly||2:05.2|
|1993||Our Tristalight||Western Classic||The Penny||2:04.0|
|1992||Gatherneaux||My Brilliant Star||Bold Alliance||2:02.2|
|1991||Mannerism||Shavano Miss||Angel Baby||2:02.2|
|1990||Belle Chanson||Tasteful Encounter||Our Freeze Frame||2:03.4|
|1989||Stapleton Lass||Memphis Blues||Scollata||2:03.4|
|1988||Imposera||Fire Twig||Bianco Flyer||2:05.1|