Randwick trainer john Sargent is a strong chance to win Flemington’s Wakeful Stakes - Crown Oaks double for the second year in a row.
Last year Sargent sent out Kirramosa to claim both fillies features and this year will be represented by up and coming filly Thunder Lady (currently $8.00 with TAB.com.au). Thunder Lady was a maiden going into the Wakeful but appreciated the step up in distance to win. Her strong finish indicated the tough Oaks trip of 2500 metres will suit.
South Australian filly Go Indy Go ($5.00) is already a Group 1 winner having claimed the Champagne Stakes at Randwick during the Autumn. It is that hint of class that makes her a strong chance of figuring in the finish on Thursday. Go Indy Go turned in a superb Oaks trial when 3rd in the Moonee Valley Vase behind Moonovermanhattan and will be back against her own sex in the Oaks.
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The most inexperienced filly in the Oaks is Set Square ($7.50) who will be contesting the classic at only her 4th start. Connections have been very patient with Set Square who waited until September to debut the filly in a lowly maiden at Donald – she ran 3rd but the run suggested she would get better as she got over more ground. At her next run Set Square won a 1600 maiden at Ballarat before claiming the listed Ethereal Stakes over 2000 metres at Caulfield. She is getting better every time she goes to the races and it’s little wonder her owners stumped up the late entry fee to give her a chance in the Oaks.
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Lumosty ($5.00) who was a huge flop in the Thousand Guineas but bounced back to win the Fillies Classic at Moonee Valley last start is also among the leading contenders.
We’ve already been treated to some great Spring racing at Flemington with Preferment winning the Derby and Protectionist taking the Melbourne Cup. I hope you can join us for day three at Flemington featuring the Group 1 Crown Oaks.