2014 Group Three SA Oaks Final Preview

The 2014 SA Oaks final will take place on Thursday night at Angle Park at 9:41pm. The Group Three event carries a $25,000 prize and Victorian trainer Jeff Britton has two huge chances of snaring the main prize.

Britton trains two of the finalists; Mepunga Hayley and Oakvale Destiny. Both of these bitches are Group One winners and have plenty on this field in the class stakes. It remains to be seen if either of them can add their name to the winner’s list.

Previous winners of the Oaks race include El Paso, Braakensiek, Petite Verdot, Lukeamy, Tiarta, Miss Mini Mouse, Que Sera Sera, Irreplacebale, Jean Jeannie, Kalden Athena, Mepunga Nicky, Hope’s Up and last year’s winner, Kokoda Spirit.

Mepunga Hayley and Oakvale Destiny will battle for favourtism prior to box-rise as not much seperates the pair. Oakvale Destiny was the fastest heat winner and she has the most experience at the track out of the two. The best local hopes look to be Spring Amanda and Oakvale Destiny’s sister, Footluce Diva.

Here’s a comprehensive look at the form for each of the finalists and an analysis of their chances:

 

Box 1
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
Spring Amanda
Trainer
Wendy Matcott
Owner
Greg Board
Prizemoney
$16,585
Last 10 Starts
1522154122
30 Months Red Fawn Bitch by Mogambo Focus Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $502 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
33 9 8 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 4 3 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 0
ARG Comments: Spring Amanda is a versatile bitch that has won over this distance as well as the middle distance and staying trips. She showed good early pace last week and had one of the best first sections of the four heats. She led her heat last week but was run down by the classy Oakvale Destiny. She has won just one race from box one from five attempts. She has a flying best of 29.59 and will have to run right up to that to be competitive.
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.59 29.85 4.41 4.42
Box 2
Race Odds
$15.00
Heat Replay
Emerley Senorita
Trainer
Peter Hurley
Owner
P & J Hurley
Prizemoney
$12,035
Last 10 Starts
1866731511
30 Months Brindle Bitch by El Grand Senor Emerley Charmer
Start Risky Running Wide Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $273 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
44 11 2 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25% 39%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
36 9 2 3
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 0 0
ARG Comments: Emerley Senorita was a surprise heat winner last week at $17.00 but she showed the benefit of a good record at the track. Last week’s victory was her ninth at the track and she recorded a personal best of 29.85. She won from the wide draw last week and moves to a box where she has had just the two wins from seven tries. She likes to use the track so this draw does not appear ideal.
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.85 29.85 4.44 4.44
Box 3
Race Odds
$2.00
Heat Replay
Mepunga Hayley
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Barry Smith
Prizemoney
$188,360
Last 10 Starts
4111231112
27 Months Black Bitch by Bekim Bale Mepunga Harmony
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $7,534 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 12 3 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
48% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
ARG Comments: Mepunga Hayley is a Group 1 winner already this year and she is well placed to take out this Group 3 event. She was unable to take the lead away from Emerley Senorita last week, going down by a narrow margin. However, she was having her first start at the track last week and she is likely to improve off that. She is one of the main chances.
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 29.86 4.49 4.49
Box 4
Race Odds
$3.30
Heat Replay
Oakvale Destiny
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Nathan Wilson
Prizemoney
$139,635
Last 10 Starts
4136115341
26 Months Blue Bitch by Vapour Whirl Foot Luce
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $6,347 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 9 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
ARG Comments: Oakvale Destiny rattled home last week to overtake Spring Amanda and secure a convincing three and a half length win in a fast 29.63. The Group 1 winner has now had the benefit of two starts at the track. Her only fault is that she can get back in her runs so she has to rely on luck early to get a good crack at the leaders.
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.63 29.63 4.58 4.64
Box 5
Race Odds
$9.00
Heat Replay
Footluce Diva
Trainer
Kenneth Trowbridge
Owner
K & M Trowbridge
Prizemoney
$18,110
Last 10 Starts
3163711431
26 Months Black Bitch by Vapour Whirl Footluce
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $787 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
23 8 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 0 2
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
ARG Comments:Footluce Diva is locally trained and also a sister to the highly fancied Oakvale Destiny. She clocked her best time last week and jumped from a wide box. The squeeze box hasn’t been good to her so far as she is yet to record a win from two starts. She will need to put her best foot forward to overcome the two talented chasers drawn inside her.
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.72 29.72 4.48 4.48
Box 6
Race Odds
$17.00
Heat Replay
Honky Tonk Doll
Trainer
Sidney Topp
Owner
Sidney Topp
Prizemoney
$9,540
Last 10 Starts
8235221112
28 Months Black & White Bitch by Dyna Lachlan My Lippling
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $366 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
26 7 8 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 77%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 4 6 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 2 1
ARG Comments: Honky Tonk Doll is a fast beginner who showed the most early pace last week. Her wins are well spaced so if she leads she will have to have a long break over the rest of the field to be any chance. She has run into a good patch of form lately so her connections will be hoping that all the luck goes her way.
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.82 30.02 4.40 4.50
Box 7
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
Fratelli Fresh
Trainer
Dustin Drew
Owner
Amanda Stollery
Prizemoney
$15,095
Last 10 Starts
1215163611
27 Months Red Brindle Bitch by High Earner Magic Capers
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,161 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 7 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
54% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
ARG Comments: Fratelli Fresj was impressive last week from box five, leading virtually all the way to break the 30 second barrier at her first look at the track. She is capable of running a place at odds.
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.98 29.98 4.53 4.53
Box 8
Race Odds
$17.00
Heat Replay
Unix Bale
Trainer
Steven Collins
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$37,735
Last 10 Starts
3355248812
30 Months Brindle Bitch by Collision Mamie Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $943 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 10 7 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 0 1
ARG Comments: Unix Bale showed no early pace last week which is not going to work well for her from box eight. She ran home into second behind Footluce Diva last week. She has only won the one race in her last 10 starts and it looks like she will find it tough to make a mark in this final.
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 29.91 4.68 4.68
1st Res
Race Odds
$8.50
Heart Replay
Frattini
Trainer
Christine Oldfield
Owner
Amanda Stollery
Prizemoney
$7,160
Last 10 Starts
1111171513
26 Months Brindle Bitch by Collision Dusty Retreat
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $795 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 6 0 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
67% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
ARG Comments: Frattini is a talented NSW chaser who finsihed a tight third behind Emerley Senorita at her first look at the track. She has six wins from nine starts so she knows how to find the line. If she gets a start she will give it a good crack but will have to overcome two experienced Group 1 winners.
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 29.89 4.51 4.51
2nd Res
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
Boojerooma
Trainer
Bozidar Stamenkovic
Owner
Bozidar Stamenkovic
Prizemoney
$28,620
Last 10 Starts
343122F123
28 Months Black Bitch by Collision Koombooyana Star
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,201 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 3 3 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
23% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 2 3 5
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
ARG Comments: Boojerooma won the Group 3 Howard Ashton at the track earlier this year. She has only been unplaced once in her last 10 starts. Her chances will rest on the draw she gets if she gains a start as she has a better record from inside boxes.
Best Angle Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.83 29.99 4.46 4.51