Last Thursday night at Angle Park saw five exciting heats of the Coffex Coffee Oaks where the winner's from each heat and the three fastest second placegetters qualified for this week's Group 3 final.
The fastest qualifier for the final was the Leanne Fagan trained Sammy's Sister who was only having her sixth lifetime start in heat 3 where she led throughout from box 2 to record a solid 30.03 for the 515m journey in damp conditions defeating the Ossie Chegia trained Arcadia Shiraz by 4 lengths. Making it three wins on end she was .02 of a second quicker than quality Victorian sprinter Stetson Donna for trainer Peter Dundon who recaptured her very best form that saw her win the Group 2 Laurels at Sandown back in December last year. She raced up near the lead in heat 2 before careering away for a comfortable 5 length victory over the Andrea Dailly trained Dyna Cari who flew home for second. She looks to be the one to beat after last night's box draw where she drew the converted red marble for the Group 3 feature.
One of SA's main hopes for the crown was Hope's Up for trainer Cameron Butcher who dominated heat 4 with a fine front running display leading throughout in a handy 30.13 defeating Five Paws for trainer Emilio Rinaldi by over 8 lengths. Confidence of an SA victory was increased when she drew perfectly in box 2 and should be able to hold a forward position early next week.
The first heat was won by the Troy Murray trained Sometimes Speedy who was able to gun town tearaway leader Avid Tyson for inform trainer Tony Lagana in the shadows of the post to win by a neck in a solid 30.35 with the final heat producing the biggest upset of the night with Significant Bit for trainer Bob Isaacson nosing out Victa Victoria for Ron Schadow by the shortest possible margin. She was friendless in betting starting at the juicy odds of $17.00 but found the line nicely to score in a handy 30.40.
The $36,000 Group Three Final will be run this Thursday night 13th September. It will be race 8 on the program and is listed to jump at 9.11pm (SA time).
The Final field in Box Draw order is:
2012 SA Oaks Final Box Draw
1. Stetson Donna Peter Dundon (VIC)
2. Hope's Up Cameron Butcher (SA)
3. Significant Bit Robert Isaacson (SA)
4. Avid Tyson Tony Lagana (SA)
5. Sometimes Speedy Troy Murray (SA)
6. Dyna Cari Andrea Dailly (VIC)
7. Sammy's Sister Leanne Fagan (SA)
8. Arcadia Shiraz Ossie Chegia (SA)
9. Victa Victoria (1st Res) Ron Schadow (SA)
10.Five Paws (2nd Res) Emilio Rinaldi (VIC)