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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 2018 WA Oaks was won by Special Alert from Like A Butterfly with American Joy 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
2018 Winner: Special Alert

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 Gr1 VRC Oaks and Gr1 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.

Special Alert (2018) ran sixth in the Listed Natasha Stakes over 2200m at Ascot before taking out this event and recent WA Oaks winners include Very Tempting (2017) and First Impressions (2016).

2018 WA Oaks result

1. $61.00 Special Alert 55.5 Chris Parnham
2. $11.00 Like A Butterfly 55.5 Jason Whiting
3. $13.00 American Joy 55.5 William Pike

then followed
4. $26.00 Magical Charm 55.5 Shaun Mc Gruddy
5. $151.00 Burning Pride 55.5 Mr Craig Staples
6. $41.00 Sally's Realm 55.5 Clint Johnston-Porter
7. $1.65 Friar Fox 55.5 Shaun O'Donnell
8. $15.00 Racy Ava 55.5 Joseph Azzopardi
9. $151.00 San Crispino 55.5 Alan Kennedy
10. $151.00 Summer's Skye 55.5 Mr Matthieu Autier
11. $101.00 Western Magic 55.5 Steven Parnham
12. $21.00 Modern News 55.5 Aaron Mitchell
13. $26.00 Sugar Cain 55.5 Peter Hall
14. $81.00 Five Degrees 55.5 Daniel Staeck
15. $31.00 Prue 55.5 Paul Harvey
16. $9.00 Private Dancer 55.5 Jarrad Noske

Margins: 0.5 len, 0.25 len
Time: 2:31.23

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WA Oaks winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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