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WA Oaks

The WA Oaks is Western Australia's Group 3 classic staying event for three-year-old fillies and is held in March at Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres under set weight conditions and worth $250,000 in prizemoney. The 2019 WA Oaks was won by Dark Choice from Ping Me Another with Mackenzie Brooke third.

Taking place on the same day as the Gr3 Karrakatta Plate for two-year-olds, the WA Oaks is the premier 3yo fillies event during the Perth autumn racing carnival in Western Australia.

WA Oaks info

Date: Saturday 30th March 2019
Track: Ascot racecourse, Perth
Distance: 2400 metres
Race Type: 3yo Fillies - Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $250,000
2019 Winner: Dark Choice

The WA Oaks generally attracts the best local females going around and might also be on the agenda for any interested interstate fillies who might want to attempt an easier Oaks event than their eastern states counterparts.

Generally not attracting the best 3yo fillies in Australia like the Group 1 VRC Oaks and Group 1 ATC Oaks do in the eastern states, the WA Oaks typically asembles a field of predominantly local gallopers.

Capable fillies from this race might consider going on to tackle the males in the Gr2 WA Derby in April and Dreamway (2011) and Grand Journey (2008) have been the most recent fillies to complete the WA Oaks & WA Derby double.

The listed Natasha Stakes over 2200m at Ascot has been a great guide to the WA Oaks in recent years with Delicacy (2015), Balmont Girl (2014), Moreish (2013), Dreamaway (2011), Impressive Jeuney (2010) and Grand Journey (2008) all taking out the Natasha Stakes & WA Oaks double.

Dark Choice (2019) ran fourth in the Listed Natasha Stakes over 2200m at Ascot before taking out this event in stylish fashion for the Grant & Alana Williams stable.

Recent WA Oaks winners include Special Alert (2018) and Very Tempting (2017).

2019 WA Oaks result

1. $4.60 Dark Choice 55.5 Chris Parnham
2. $14.00 Ping Me Another 55.5 Shaun Mc Gruddy
3. $9.00 Mackenzie Brooke 55.5 Peter Hall

then followed
4. $41.00 Brelleta Five 55.5 Randy Tan
5. $10.00 Jedaffair 55.5 Joseph Azzopardi
6. $4.40 Adornment 55.5 William Pike
7. $16.00 Vintage Stock 55.5 Patrick Carbery
8. $12.00 Lady Sass 55.5 Jarrad Noske
9. $41.00 Vinaceous 55.5 Shaun O'Donnell
10. $81.00 Winifer 55.5 Jason Whiting
F $3.90 Assetro 55.5 Mitchell Pateman

Margins: 0.4 len, 0.6 len
Time: 2:32.78

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WA Oaks winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Dark Choice Ping Me Another Mackenzie Brooke 2:32.7
2018 Special Alert Like A Butterfly American Joy 2:31.2
2017 Very Tempting Royal Star Just Like Fire 2:30.5
2016 First Impressions Arcadia Dream Culverin 2:35.4
2015 Delicacy Spectacular Vision Keysbrook 2:34.9
2014 Balmont Girl Real Love Real Charm 2:31.1
2013 Moreish Summah's Touch Pants On Friar 2:32.7
2012 Pop Culture The Social Network Elite Belle 2:32.4
2011 Dreamaway Why She Left Ladysea 2:30.0
2010 Impressive Jeuney Broccoletta Tropical Fury 2:30.9
2009 Cassandra Shadow Admiring Brava Fortune 2:30.2
2008 Grand Journey Star Encounter My Becks 2:28.7
2007 Westerly Breeze Dante's Cash Celt Code 2:28.7
2006 Moodometer Imaginaire Black Amber 2:32.3
2005 Royal Drive Lust For Dust Hello Doctor 2:33.8
2004 Fatal Attraction Pennywest Amica Bella 2:30.1
2003 Superior Star Crimson Sakura Island Temptress 2:35.3
2002 Honor Lap Storm Fille Danni's Crystal 2:32.7
2001 Not Held
2000 Old Money Play The Whistle Kalatiara 2:30.3
1999 Reflected Image It's Not Easy Gwalia Girl 2:30.0
1998 Matriculate Celestial Show Dance Hit 2:33.2
1997 Mystic Chantry Magdalena Laurelaine 2:32.3
1996 Fabulous Shades Of Savile Yasmin Tudor 2:31.3
1995 Unpretentious Achtung Baby Colour Me Lucky 2:30.6
1994 Beaux Art Vulnerable Roman Rose 2:30.8
1993 Leeuwin Concert Fancy Chance Windsor Lass 2:30.0
1992 Jevresa Palatious Prime Again 2:31.8
1991 India's Dream Pourquois Pas Meine Liebe 2:31.1
1990 Natasha Daughter's Charm Reformed Princess 2:29.4
1989 Hasty Departure Ochiltree My Marebelle 2:32.0
1988 Trappings Slightly Pink Aljarrag Bay 2:32.3