Adam Page gives us his brief overview of Saturday’s AJC Australian Oaks at Randwick racecourse on Doncaster Mile day.
Shamrocker, brilliant winner of the AJC Derby last Saturday, is the $2.50 favourite ahead of Brazilian Pulse at $4.60 and Fibrilation at $9.50. The rest are at $13 or more.
I have some big doubts about Shamrocker. Yes, she was very impressive last Saturday, but she has some things going against her. Firstly, it’s very hard to do the seven day back up after a Derby in which it was probably her grand final. She has met Brazilian Pulse on seven occasions and is yet to defeat the Crown Oaks winner and as we know horses that are on the fresh side perform well during the Randwick Carnival. That’s why I’ll stick with Brazilian Pulse. She had no luck in the Storm Queen thanks to an awful ride by Craig Williams. She has the rails draw here and looks very hard to beat.
I think Do Ra Mi was in need of the run in the Storm Queen when she loomed up to win but peaked on her run in the final 100m. Brilliant winner of the Kewney before that and the Moody/Nolen combo is a good one to follow at the moment. Some doubts about her running 2400m but she’ll get a very soft run from the barrier.
Pinker Pinker was the eye-catcher behind Murjulisa Lass when she was well back and hit the line very hard to finish an excellent fourth. She’ll relish the 2400m and the bigger spaces of Randwick. I rate her highly for Greg Eurell and Dwayne Dunn.
Becerra produced an outstanding piece of trackwork leading up to the Adrian Knox and although she got beat, I thought her run was solid enough to suggest she’ll perform well here. She has some fight in her and Cassidy is a master in getting the best out of horses in staying races.
Brazilian Pulse on top, over Do Ra Mi, Pinker Pinker for third and for fourth put in Becerra at value.
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