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Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au, Picture: Jono Searle
Black Caviar won the Group 1 Robert Sangster in 2012. Image courtesy of: dailytelegraph.com.au, Picture: Jono Searle

Both last start winners, Fontein Ruby  and Fenway are rated highly in the $400,000 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

Trained by Robert Smerdon at Caulfield, Fontein Ruby has won six of her 17 starts and placed on five other occasions for just over $1m in prize money. The daughter of Turffontein likes to lead and was successful at one of her two starts at 2000m.

A High Chaparral filly, Fenway hasn’t raced since her win over this distance in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes at the Sydney Autumn Carnival a month ago. She also ran third over the trip in the Wakeful Stakes last spring. Trained by Lee and Shannon Hope at Seymour, Fenway has won two of her six starts, with one other placing, earning a touch under $300,000 in stakes.

The X-Factor comes from the west in the shape of Delicacy . The Grant Williams trained daughter of Al Maher has strung together four straight wins, culminating in the WA Oaks (2400m) and WATC Derby (2400m). Leading Perth jockey William Pike again takes the ride. And don’t write off Chris Waller’s Wine Tales . She’s been competitive in big events in Sydney without winning and the slight drop in class will suit.

Melbourne jockey Damien Oliver loves crossing the border for this event. Ollie’s won it three times (9: 3-1-1). However, the most recent was way back in 2002, ironically at Victoria Park. In 2015, Oliver is on board Bahamas  for Ballarat trainer Dan O’Sullivan.

The other highlight is the Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m), where Vain Queen heads a strong interstate charge.

This is a rare Group 1 restricted soley to fillies and mares, offering $400,000 in prize money. As a result, it’s been dominated by quality interstate runners, with the honour roll including Black Caviar (2012), Alinghi (2005), Our Egyptian Raine (2003), Apple Danish (1997) and With Me (1991).

Trained by John Sadler at Caulfield, Vain Queen is coming off two meritorious performances in Group 1 company against the boys. First up, the daughter of Artie Schiller finished fourth of 16, beaten 1.6 leng Group 1 Group 1ths by Shamal Wind in the Oakleigh Plate (1100m). She was then runner up to Lucky Hussler (beaten 1.75 lengths) in the William Reid (1200m). The five-year-old has won two of five at 1200m and seven races overall, earning connections $547,660 in stakes.

Fellow interstate raiders with undeniable claims include Avoid Lightning , Politeness , Gregers , Magnifisio and Platelet , who is having her third tilt at the race after winning it in 2013 and finishing second to Gai Waterhouse’s Driefontein last year.

Formerly trained in South Australia and now in the Hawkes’ stable, Miracles Of Life  has been well-supported, along with local long-shot Fine Approach .


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