The Final Field has been released for the 2015 ATC Oaks which is to be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday 11th, April 2015. View the ATC Oaks Field.
|Race 6 – 2:35PM ATC OAKS (2400 METRES)|
|Of $1,000,000.1st $600,000, 2nd $200,000, 3rd $100,000, 4th $50,000, 5th $20,000, 6th $10,000, 7th $10,000, 8th $10,000 GROUP 1
Set Weights, Three-Years-Old, Fillies, Apprentices cannot claim.Field Limit: 18 + 4 EM
|1||THUNDER LADY (NZ)||John Sargent||Zac Purton||11||56kg|
|2||WINX||Chris Waller||Joao Moreira||1||56kg|
|3||FENWAY||Lee & Shannon Hope||8||56kg|
|4||SAVARIA (NZ)||Roydon Bergerson||James McDonald||12||56kg|
|5||CANDELARA||Bjorn Baker||Hugh Bowman||2||56kg|
|6||SWEET AND SPEEDY||Peter G Moody||Chad Schofield||6||56kg|
|7||WINE TALES||Chris Waller||5||56kg|
|8||ADRIFT (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Damien Oliver||3||56kg|
|9||RUSTIC MELODY||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||10||56kg|
|10||BALLET SUITE||Chris Waller||Ryan Moore||13||56kg|
|11||WILDENSTEIN||Paul Perry||Brodie Loy (a)||4||56kg|
|12||GUST OF WIND (NZ)||John Sargent||Tye Angland||7||56kg|
|13||ZARZALI||Bart & James Cummings||Craig Williams||9||56kg|
A daring Adrian Knox Stakes ride by Hugh Bowman has secured the Bjorn Baker-trained Candelara a start in the Group One ATC Australian Oaks.
Banking on the filly’s fitness and her liking for rain-affected ground, Bowman made a mid-race move to take Candelara to the front and quicken the tempo.
His tactics paid dividends with Candelara ($21) maintaining her supremacy to the line to score by 2-1/4 lengths from Rustic Melody ($9) with equal favourite Maastricht ($4.20) another half length away third.
Baker said he was confident Candelara could perform better than her double-figure odds suggested given she had matched strides at trackwork with Mongolian Khan, trained by Baker’s father Murray and the winner of the ATC Australian Derby earlier on Monday’s Randwick program.
“She’s actually worked a little bit with Mongolian Khan and even though she’s probably not in his league her work has been right up there with him, so I came in today with a fair bit of confidence,” Baker said.
Candelara firmed from $101 to $11 for the Oaks.
Baker confirmed his plan to run her in the Classic but admitted the five-day back-up into the race wasn’t ideal.
The victory gave Bowman a stakes double after his Group One Sires’ Produce Stakes win on Pride Of Dubai.