The ATC Australian Oaks is a 2400 metre race for three-year-old fillies at set weights run by the Australian Turf Club. The race is held at Randwick in April.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO Fillies Set Weights
- Distance: 2,400 metres
- Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday 8 April 2017
The ATC Australian Oaks has changed its name and distance over the years, but can be traced back to 1885 when only two contestants, Uralla and Percussion, both owned by James White raced over 12 furlongs (about 2400 metres). Uralla won and the race was held annually up to 1894 mainly with small fields.
It was not run from 1895 to 1921 then was reintroduced in 1922 over 8 furlongs when Vodka was the winner. From 1946 to 1955 when it was known as the Adrian Knox Stakes the distance was increased to 10 furlongs then from 1956 it was held over 12 furlongs which became 2400 metres with the move to metric distances. It has been a Group 1 race since 1979.
Main lead-up races for the AJC Oaks are the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes and the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes, both over 2000 metres. All entrants carry 56kg in the race and whoever wins becomes instantly more valuable as a broodmare prospect. Oaks Day is also referred to as Ladies Day with fashion events for racegoers.
ATC Australian Oaks Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for early betting markets on this years Australian Oaks.
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ATC Australian Oaks Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Heavy Weather: Fine
Following the early scratching of Zambesia, there is a field of 13 for the $1,000,000 James Boag’s Premium Australian Oaks. Four had their last start in the Vinery Stud Stakes and five had their last start in the Adrian Knox. The early favourite is NZ Oaks winner Bonneval who has won three Group races in a row in NZ. Second favourite is Harlow Gold who tired late for 3rd in the Vinery, while third favourite is Nurse Kitchen who ran on strongly for 2nd in the Vinery and is beautifully bred for this distance, but has drawn the outside barrier.
Lasqueti Spirit raced away for a massive win in the Crown Oaks in the Spring and has put in some good performances against older horses since then. Devise was the runner-up in the NZ Oaks and is used to rain-affected going. Lubiton was 5th in the Vinery, while La Bella Diosa was only 9th in that race after being checked, but is better than that. Perfect Rhyme was a close 2nd in the Adrian Knox and can run well again. All other runners are currently 30 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|3 Bonneval||3 Bonneval||4 Nurse Kitchen|
|4 Nurse Kitchen||6 Devise||5 Harlow Gold|
|1 Lasqueti Spirit||4 Nurse Kitchen||3 Bonneval|
|5 Harlow Gold||5 Harlow Gold||6 Devise|
Past winners of the ATC Australian Oaks:
Some wonderful fillies have won this race in the past including Flight (1944), Evening Peal (1956), Wenona Girl (1961), Light Fingers (1965), Leilani (1974), How Now (1976), Surround (1977), November Rain (1981), Our Sophia (1985), Bounding Away (1987), Research (1989), Triscay (1991) and many more. Some have gone on to win the Caulfield Cup or Melbourne Cup.
|2017||Bonneval (NZ)||Perfect Rhyme||Lasqueti Spirit|
|2015||Gust Of Wind||Winx||Candelara|
|2014||Rising Romance||Zanbagh||Lucia Valentina (NZ)|
|2013||Royal Descent||Dear Demi||Gondokoro (NZ)|
|2010||Once Were Wild||Faint Perfume||Run For Naara|
|2009||Daffodil (NZ)||Think Money||Miss Darcey|
|2008||Heavenly Glow||Boundless||Galileo’s Daughter|
|2007||Rena’s Lady||Perfect Drop||Tuesday Joy (NZ)|
|2006||Serenade Rose||Flora Danica||Beauty Watch|
|2005||Dizelle||She’s Justa Tad (NZ)||Gee That’s Tops (NZ)|
|2004||Wild Iris||French Lady (NZ)||Boulevardofdreams (NZ)|
|2003||Sunday Joy||Shower Of Roses||Bramble Rose (NZ)|
|2002||Republic Lass||Elegant Fashion||Quays|
|2001||Rose Archway||Tempest Morn||Asia|
|2000||Coco Cobanna (NZ)||Tributes||Miss Zoe|