Fabregal the favourite to take out 2016 WA Oaks

STAR South Australian chaser Fabregal is the favourite to take out next week’s Group 2 WA Oaks (520m) at Cannington following some sensational performances at her most recent starts.

Three runs back the daughter of Fabregas and Allinga Aye Jay scored her biggest career win in the Group 2 Bogie Leigh Futurity (520m) at Albion Park before returning to her home state, clocking a blistering 29.39 over the 515m trip at Angle Park. The class runner of the series, Fabregal is a winner of 16 of her 24 starts to date with a further eight minor placings, with Bet365 installing her as the $3.50 favourite to take out next Saturday’s $40,000 to the winner final. To gain a chance of doing so, she must run first or second in her heat this weekend to qualify for the decider, with the black bitch set to start from box seven in the fourth and final heat of the night this Saturday.

Blessed with early speed, Fabregal is capable of posting some ridiculous sections, however punters must also consider that she will be making her debut at the notoriously tricky Cannington track. Nevertheless, she has drawn against a winnable field and has subsequently been made the $2.05 favourite to take out her heat. The main threat to the bonny bitch appears to be local hope Times Square for leading mentor Chris Halse which has drawn ideally in box three and comes into the race following a slick 30.17 win at Cannington on Monday. She is the $3.30 second elect and is capable of landing on the bunny – if she does so she will prove hard to run down. A winner of five of her seven starts, Times Square is giving away plenty of experience to her rivals, but she is blessed with ability and is the $7.50 third pick to take out the final.

Also fancied to feature in the final is Toodle Lou which is the $6 second favourite with Bet365. The daughter of Collide and Countess Of Cork is one of the least experienced greyhounds in the series, having faced the starter on just five occasions, however she is blessed with plenty of ability as shown in her 30.15 and 30.29 wins at Cannington. She will start from box seven in the second heat of the night and is rated a $3.30 shot to win her qualifier ahead of West On Sally ($4) and Karley Keeping ($5).

West On Sally is also given a chance to win the final at $7.50, with West On Babe, a litter sister to WA Derby favourite Ramifications, given a look-in at $10.

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There could also be some value with the all-in markets with a couple of roughies in the series. Empire Entourage, which is debuting over the track and trip, is the $3.25 equal favourite to take out the opening heat of the night but is at $21 to win the final. Trained in Victoria, the daughter of El Grand Señor and New Moon Rising has only won three from 12 but has run 29.52 at Sandown Park and could run a cheeky race from the inside.

Pepper Fire also looks a realistic chance of making the final and is $12 to take home the title, with the Chris Halse trained bitch drawn well in box two in the third heat and sure to improve off her 30.43 debut over the track and trip on Monday.

The heats of the Group 2 WA Oaks are races two to five this Saturday night at Cannington, the first of which is set to jump at 9:30pm AEST.

Group 2 WA Oaks – all-in market

Fabregal – $3.50
Toddle Lou – $6
Times Square – $7.50 with Bet365
West On Sally – $7.50
West On Babe – $10
Karley Keeping – $12
Pepper Fire – $12
Wagtail Kate – $12
West On Janet – $21
Ligtning Larico – $21
My Nakita – $21
Empire Entourage – $21
Thing Lee – $26
Ksenya – $26
Tyler’s Teddy – $34
Who’s Got Bams – $34
Casio Lee – $41
Milly Keeping – $51
Emma Ejay Minion – $51
Defy All Odds – $51
Until Dawn – $51
Been Pippin’ – $51
West On Cheryl – $67
Prancer Dancer – $67
Mary doll – $81
Jilly Keeping – $101
Martha Keeping – $151
Hillary – $151
Olivia Benson – $201
Batavia’s Jewel – $201
Night Light – $201
Rudolph’s Dasher – $251
Calais Monelli – $251
Donner Vixen – $251