Australasian Oaks

Australasian Oaks
Date Saturday, May 5, 2018
Location Morphettville
Prize Money $500,000
Distance 1,200m

THE Australasian Oaks – also known as the Schweppes Oaks – is a group one race held at Morphettville for three-year-old fillies at set weights over the distance of 2000m.

Held in late April or early May, $400,000 goes to the winner of the Australasian Oaks, which is run on the same day as fellow Group 1 race the Robert Sangster Stakes.

The race is not an event international runners target, given the prize money is not enormous and the specific nature of the conditions, but the best local and interstate fillies battle it out for Group 1 glory.

Australasian Oaks 2018 result


1stSopressa ($6.50)
2nd Sheezdashing ($16 SP)
3rdMiss Admiration ($26 SP)

Betting on the Australasian Oaks

The Australasian Oaks brings out the best three-year-old fillies from South Australia and the rest of the county, but form lines are imperative when picking a winner here.

The Port Adelaide Guineas has been a great indicator of form leading into the Australasian Oaks for the local horses, but punters need to take into account the preparations of the interstate raiders.

It has also been a lead-in winner’s race recently.

From 2006 through to 2016, only two winners have not won their previous start before taking out the Australasian Oaks, while on just three occasions have favourites failed to place in the race.

In the period between 1983 and 2016, just six Australasian Oaks winners have saluted at a double figure price, highlighting just how well the market can predict this race.

Best Australasian Oaks bookmakers

The Australasian Oaks is a group one race which has an entire day in South Australia dedicated to it, so as you would expect the bookmakers come nice and early to the party for this one.

The runners that will nominate for the race are usually pretty cut and dry given the criteria for entry, so bookmakers are able to get their prices in pretty quickly for all-in markets.

Tote prices and other Fixed Odds markets tend to open when the race is two to three days away.

The bookies we trust the most are listed below and we recommend anyone interested in investing on the Australasian Oaks to visit any of these sites:

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Australasian Oaks odds

Darren Weir-trained filly Sopressa is the $4.80 favourite at online bookmaker Sportsbet ahead of the Oaks, but its a wide-open affair.

Stablemate and star in the making Think Bleue is at the $6.50 mark despite jumping from barrier 15 while Chris Waller’s last-start winner Savacool is right around the mark at the $5 quote.

Recent Australasian Oaks winners

  • Fan favourite Harry Coffey teamed up with Sopressa heading into the Australasian Oaks, and when the Weir runner loomed up to stablemate Think Bleue in the final 200m a victory looked assured. The horse withstood a late charge from Sheezdashing and Miss Admiration to win both the horse’s and Coffey’s maiden G1.
  • Secret Agenda scored an all-the-way win in 2017. The Mick Price-trained runner scored the turf early from barrier 16 with Damien Oliver in the saddle and it never looked like being beaten. The four-year-old kicked away on the turn to beat off the likes of Sheidel which was left chasing around the home turn. The win continued the good form of the mare after winning well two back.
  • Abbey Marie was a $7 shot in the betting heading into the 2016 incarnation of the race, but was not completely discounted in the market. Abbey Marie settled midfield and was produced into the straight, and the filly did the rest.
  • Delicacy is a name that a lot of Western Australian punters would have recognised heading into the 2015 running of the Australasian Oaks, but unless you are a hardcore form-follower, you might not have known the gun filly. The display it put on to come from midfield and win by more than a length hard held showed what was to come for the West Aussie product.
  • May’s Dream came into the Oaks as a short $3.20 favourite, and the exciting filly justified the odds, but not in the fashion most were expecting. The She’s Archie product found a gap very late in the piece and hit the front in the final stages of the race to just hold on by less than a head.
  • They say it does not matter how you get there, it just matters that you are first past the post, which is an apt way to describe Maybe Discreet’s win in the Australasian Oaks. In what was the slowest running of the race in almost 20 years, the filly led the field at the turn and quickly gapped its rivals to win as a $6.50 shot.

Australasian Oaks past winners

Australasian Oaks
Year Australasian Oaks Past Winner
2018 Sopressa
2017 Egg Tart
2016 Abbey Marie
2015 Delicacy
2014 May’s Dream
2013 Maybe Discreet
2012 Invest
2011 Lights Of Heaven
2010 Small Minds
2009 Gallica
2008 Zarita
2007 Anamato
2006 Marju Snip
2005 Irish Darling
2004 Rinky Dink
2003 Sound Action
2002 Tully Thunder
2001 Tempest Morn
2000 Grand Echezeaux
1999 Episode
1998 La Volta
1997 Minegold
1996 Leica Smile
1995 Yelgun Dawn
1994 Tristalove
1993 Our Tristalight
1992 Gatherneaux
1991 Mannerism
1990 Belle Chanson
1989 Stapleton Lass
1988 Imposera
1987 Send Me An Angel
1986 Miss Clipper
1985 Centaurea
1984 Use The Space
1983 Royal Regatta
1982 Rose Of Kingston

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