Queensland Oaks nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Queensland Oaks. The Queensland Oaks will be run on Saturday 4th June at Eagle Farm racecourse.

Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 ALASKAN ROSE (NZ) F 3 Michael Moroney
2 AMBIENCE F 3 John O’Shea
3 ASHLEE MARIE F 3 Richard Laming
4 BELUGA BLUE F 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
5 CHABAUD (NZ) F 3 Robert Smerdon
6 DAWNIE PERFECT F 3 Clarry Conners
7 DULVERTON F 3 Robert Smerdon
8 ESPRESSO SHOT F 3 Patrick Webster
9 FALKENBERG F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
10 FIREBIRD FLYER (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller
11 IMPOSING LASS (NZ) F 3 Bjorn Baker
12 KEBEDE F 3 Matthew Dunn
13 MERU F 3 Pat Carey
14 MOUNT OMEI F 3 Chris Waller
15 MULTIMEDIA F 3 Noel Doyle
16 NAUTILUS F 3 Paul H Duncan
17 PROVOCATIVE (NZ) F 3 Tony Pike
18 QUEEN OF WANDS F 3 Clarry Conners
19 ROMANTIC MAID F 3 Roger James
20 SAHARA SIREN F 3 Alan L Jones
21 SEBRING SALLY F 3 Chris Waller
22 SELF ESTEEM F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
23 TAP THIS F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
24 TAVI BAY (NZ) F 3 Henry Dwyer
25 ZAFIKI (NZ) F 3 Robert Smerdon
26 ZASORCERESS (NZ) F 3 Jason Warren


A relieved Gary Portelli has had an ibuprofen conviction wiped from his record in light of other cases relating to the anti-inflammatory.

The Warwick Farm trainer was mystified when Za Magic tested positive to ibuprofen in late 2014 and he was fined $6000, later halved on appeal.

Earlier this year, Victorian stewards identified a rehabilitation centre as the source of several ibuprofen positives in horses treated there for injuries.

Those horses and one trained by Kris Lees in NSW that had spent time on the farm later produced erratic results to tests for the drug.

It wasn’t until the other cases surfaced, Portelli realised Za Magic had been treated at the same establishment before coming to his stable.

“My case has been overturned and it is a great relief,” Portelli said.

“I have been training since 1991 and have never had a positive and I couldn’t figure out how this one happened.

“The horse came to me from Victoria ten months after he had been treated.

“It’s good to get it off my record and have a clean slate again.”

Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy confirmed the conviction had been expunged from Portelli’s record and the fine he paid returned to the trainer.

Darren Weir and Clinton McDonald were among the Victorian trainers to escape charges after the circumstances were revealed.

Because of the inherent risk of a positive test recurring despite several negatives, the horses involved have not raced since the discovery.

One of the theories is that the drug is absorbed into the body and released when the horses burn fat, in some cases up to 12 months later.

In the Lees case, City of Justice was treated at the Longwarry centre for a ligament injury between September 29 and November 27 in 2014 when he was in the name of another trainer.

He showed a low level of ibuprofen in a sample taken on August 2, 2015.

Lees had the horses tested five times before he was cleared to race in December last year but just a month later he returned a positive result.

The trainer was not charged.

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