The Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) takes place at Adelaide’s Morphettville Racecourse annually in April during the Adelaide Autumn Carnival and is a set-weights race for three-year-old fillies.
With $400,000 in prizemoney, it attracts the best local fillies and is also targeted by some interstate trainers looking to capture Group 1 success for their fillies.
The race is held alongside the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) on what is South Australia’s richest day of racing.
Other races on the day include the Group 2 Queen of the South Stakes (1600m), Group 3 SA Chairmans Stakes (2000m) and the Group 3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m).
The most reliable lead-up race to the Australasian Oaks is the Auraria Stakes (1800m) held at Morphettville two weeks earlier.
The Australiasian Oaks provides the ideal lead up race to the upcoming Group 3 SA Oaks (2400m) held at the same track two weeks later.
First run in 1982, the race was won by Rose Of Kingston when it carried Group 3 status.
Occasionally a high-class female galloper will contest the Australasian Oaks and go on to bigger and better things, such as Zarita (2008), who went on to beat the colts & geldings in the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m).
Other famous horses to win the race include: Mannerism (1991), Tristalove (1994), Grand Echezeaux (2000), Anamato (2007), Gallica (2009) and Lights Of Heaven (2011).