2016 Group 2 WA Oaks – free tips and betting preview

ENZO Crudeli will be aiming to secure his second group 2 victory within a week when Been Pippin’ lines up in the final of the Group 2 WA Oaks (520m) at Cannington on Saturday night.

Crudeli had plenty to celebrate last weekend, winning the WA Derby with his promising chaser Shell Shocked. However, he admits he faces a much tougher assignment in the bitches-only feature, with Been Pippin’ rated a $34 shot with Bet365.

“She was unlucky not to win her heat last Saturday, but the final is going to be tough,” Crudeli told Australian Racing Greyhound.

“She is only a young dog and she has actually surprised us a bit and has gone better than what she thought she would when we got her.

“If the others get into trouble then she is a rough chance.”

The favourite to take out the $40,000 to the winner feature is South Australian star Fabregal at $2.20. The black bitch was awkwardly away from box seven in her heat before making up a stack of ground to finish one and three quarter lengths off Marydoll at what was her first look at the track. She will be better for that run and moves into a more favourable box three this week.

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Milly Keeping ($4.50) clocked a breathtaking 5.40 first split in her heat, recording an overall time of 30.34 to qualify for the decider over Victorian chaser Empire Entourage. The Terry Erenshaw-trained bitch has drawn the coveted rails alley for the final and will be a big chance if she can showcase the same dazzling early speed this week.

Empire Entourage moves into box seven for the final, a draw from which she has won from on two occasions and is the third elect at $5, while Marydoll is also given a good shot at $6.50.

The other greyhound under double figure odds is Pepper Fire ($8.50) for leading trainer Chris Halse. The regally bred daughter of Spiral Nikita and West On Bluebird finished second in her heat behind her kennel mate and litter sister My Nakita (box eight – $10), but is well drawn in box two to make an impact in the final.

The Group 2 WA Oaks is race five on the card at Cannington this Saturday night and is set to jump at 10:35pm AEST.

Box One – Milly Keeping
Dark Brindle Bitch – 30.0kg – June 2014
Swift Fancy x Naomi Keeping
Prize money: $10,965
Trainer: Terry Erenshaw
Career: 5: 2-1-1
Box: 0: 0-0-0
TD: 4: 2-1-1
TD Best: 30.34
Career Highlights: WON Cannington 30.34, 30.60

Odds to win the WA Oaks: $4.50 with Bet365

Box Two – Pepper Fire
Black Bitch – 27.9kg – July 2014
Spiral Nikita x West On Bluebird
Prize money: $11,540
Trainer: Chris Halse
Career: 9: 3-3-2
Box: 2: 0-1-1
TD: 2: 1-1-0
TD Best: 30.43
Career Highlights: WON Cannington 30.43, Mandurah 27.51, 27.61

Odds to win the WA Oaks: $8.50 with Bet365

Box Three – Fabregal
Black Bitch – 26.2kg – March 2014
Fabregas x Allinga Aye Jay
Prize money: $69,865
Trainer: Robyn Mackellar
Career: 25: 16-5-4
Box: 1: 1-0-0
TD: 1: 0-1-0
TD Best: 30.45
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Group 2 QLD Futurity, Angle Park 29.39, Albion Park 29.91

Odds to win the WA Oaks: $2.20 with Bet365

Box Four – Been Pippin’
Black Bitch – 26.5kg – January 2014
Barcia Bale x Historically
Prize money: $10,675
Trainer: Enzo Crudeli
Career: 19: 4-4-3
Box: 1: 1-0-0
TD: 19: 4-4-3
TD Best: 30.69
Career Highlights: WON Mandurah 27.79, 28.03

Odds to win the WA Oaks: $34 with Bet365

Box Five – Marydoll
Red Fawn Bitch – 28.1kg – June 2014
Elite State x Flying Sienna
Prize money: $17,380
Trainer: Corey White
Career: 9: 4-2-1
Box: 0: 0-0-0
TD: 1: 1-0-0
TD Best: 30.33
Career Highlights: WON Cannington 30.33, Mandurah 27.29

Odds to win the WA Oaks: $6.50 with Bet365

Box Six – Olivia Benson
Black Bitch – 28.9kg – January 2014
Bekim Bale x Runaway Princess
Prize money: $14,765
Trainer: Darren Rowe
Career: 23: 4-4-7
Box: 2: 0-0-1
TD: 6: 1-1-2
TD Best: 30.62
Career Highlights: WON Cannington 30.87, Mandurah 27.78, 28.03

Odds to win the WA Oaks: $34 with Bet365

Box Seven – Empire Entourage
Black Bitch – 31.2kg – February 2014
El Grand Senor x New Moon Rising
Prize money: $8,250
Trainer: Jessica Hopkins
Career: 13: 3-3-2
Box: 4: 2-1-0
TD: 1: 0-1-0
TD Best: 30.36
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.52, Warragul 26.09, Ballarat 31.44

Odds to win the WA Oaks: $5 with Bet365

Box Eight – My Nakita
Black Bitch – 28.4kg – July 2014
Spiral Nikita x West On Bluebird
Prize money: $10,575
Trainer: Chris Halse
Career: 8: 2-3-0
Box: 0: 0-0-0
TD: 5: 2-2-0
TD Best: 30.49
Career Highlights: WON Cannington 30.56, 30.58

Odds to win the WA Oaks: $10 with Bet365

1st Res – Times Square
Black Bitch – 28.8kg – July 2014
Spiral Nikita x West On Bluebird
Prize money: $13,620
Trainer: Chris Halse
Career: 8: 5-1-1
Box: N/A
TD: 3: 2-0-1
TD Best: 30.17
Career Highlights: WON Cannington 30.17, 30.21, Mandurah 27.57

Odds to win the WA Oaks: $5 with Bet365

2nd Res – Prancer Dancer
Light Brindle Bitch – 25.8kg – December 2013
Kinloch Brae x Supercilious
Prize money: $10,750
Trainer: John Edwards
Career: 17: 3-5-2
Box: N/A
TD: 17: 3-5-2
TD Best: 30.66
Career Highlights: WON Mandurah 27.53, 27.73

Odds to win the WA Oaks: $21 with Bet365

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