The Victorian Oaks, held at Group 1 level is a heat / final series, with three qualifying heats held a week before the final at Melton, the first four in each heat progress to the G1 Final. The heats and the final are held over the 2240m distance and in 2016 the Final has total prizemoney of $150,000, with the winner to receive $90,000.
Raced at Melton since 2010, the race dates back to 1952 when taken out by Scottish Pride. Some of the past winners include fillies that have gone on to become great race mares such as Frith, Innocent Eyes, Tupelo Rose, Tailamade Lombo, Jane Ellen and Angelique.
|Victoria Oaks Final Betting Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 16th April 2016|
|Race Time:||21:02 AEST|
|2016 Winner:||A Piccadilly Princess|
|2016 Victoria Oaks Final Odds|
|13||A PICCADILLY PRINCESS||1ST||$2.10 (win)|
|3||HEAVENS TREND||2ND||$1.00 (pl)|
|1||CELEBRITY GUEST||3RD||$7.00 (pl)|
|2||IM WRONGLY ACCUSED||-||-|
|6||THE HARLEM HAMMER||-||-|
|10||HU HU R U||-||-|
Trained by the all-conquering All Stars Stable, the filly has won her last 4 starts in a row, including a dominant all the way victory in her heat win by 11m, recording some smart sectionals on the way home. The last time she tasted defeat, she finished 2nd to her stablemate, Golden Goddess in the G1 3YO Fillies Championship, beaten a half-length. Turning the tables at her next 2 starts including a half-length margin when taking out the G1 Northern Oaks at Auckland, the filly arrived in Australia with the record of 6 wins and 4 seconds from 10 starts. The All Stars Stable have been in amazing form this season and despite the 2nd line draw, they have a genuine contender in another big Group 1, one of the few majors they are yet to win.
As a 2 year old, Heavens Trend looked to have any race she contested at her mercy, winning 5 races in succession, including a track record of 1.52.1 at Menangle and a G1 win in the NSW Breeders Challenge. Heading further north to Queensland the Emma Stewart trained filly looked unbeatable in the G1 Triad starting a $1.10 favourite. Striking trouble she could only manage 4th and at her final assignments as a 2YO looked a tired horse in her G1 Breeders Crown semi-final and final, finishing 6th in each. Returning in excellent order this campaign, she led all the way when 2nd up in her Oaks heat, fighting strongly to win and lands the early advantage over her main rivals in the market at the barrier draw, starting from gate 3.
Crossing to the front from gate 4 in her heat when starting as the favourite, the Gary Hoban trained filly then released the lead to Heavens Trend and at the finish could only get within a half-neck to finish 2nd. Prior to the heat run, she had scored 3 successive wins all when leading throughout. Taking the HBV Trackbred Classic and G3 Tasmanian Oaks, Dancingwithsierra then won against the older horses at Bendigo, racing away to win by a 15m margin. Not faring well at the barrier draw, Chris Alford retains the drive on the 8 time winner.
Drawing favourably in gate 1, Celebrity Guest started favourite in her heat and tried to take them all the way, being gunned down late by Im Wrongly Accused who sat on her back and used the passing lane to score. Starting this campaign with a hat-trick of wins all from tricky barriers, she was given her chance at a better class race and headed west to tackle the G3 South Australian Oaks where she started a red figure favourite, led early but was run-down to finish 3rd. From gate 1 and blessed with good gate speed, she will have the advantage of choosing who, if at all, she releases the lead role to and will have the benefit of using the passing lane.