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 14 April 2018
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 2018
See below for early betting markets on this years Australian Oaks.
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ATC Australian Oaks Preview & Tips 2018
Track: Good Weather: Overcast
There is a field of 13 for the $1,000,000 James Boag’s Premium Australian Oaks. Six had their last start in the Vinery Stud Stakes, three in the Adrian Knox, two in the NZ Oaks and the remaining two were winners of maiden plates. The early favourite is Unforgotten who ran on strongly for 2nd in the Vinery following a win in the G2 Phar Lap Stakes. Second favourite is Vinery Stakes winner Hiyaam who is certainly bred to stay. Third favourite is Adrian Knox winner Luvaluva who has now won 4 of her 10 starts.
Aloisia finished 3rd in the Vinery after doing plenty of work in the run. Savvy Coup won the NZ Oaks over this distance after winning the G2 Lowland Stakes over 2100m and will be very competitive. Contessa Vanessa finished 2nd in the NZ Oaks and Danzdanzdance finished 5th in the Vinery. All other runners are currently 20 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|4 Savvy Coup|
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.
|2018||Unforgotten||Hiyaam (NZ)||Miss Admiration|
|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|