Australian Oaks Final Field and Barrier Draw - Verry Elleegant draws wide

  • Verry Elleegant draws wide in Australian Oaks
Verry Elleegant (PA Images)

The Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant has drawn barrier 12 in Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m).

The daughter of Zed is finally living up to her potential and has looked utterly dominant since Waller has put the ear muffs on. She settled much better with them on last start in the Group One Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and was too good for Frankley Awesome. 

The Kris Lees-trained Frankley Awesome ran an enormous second behind Verry Elleegant in the Vinery and looks much better suited up to 2400m. She was entered in the Derby last Saturday and was $12 into $5.50 but Kris Lees wasn’t happy with the horse and scratched in preference to the Oaks. 

Hugh Bowman has been booked to ride Frankley Awesome and she will jump from barrier four. 

The other Kris Lees runner is the Group 3 Adrian Knox (2000m) winner Aliferous. She will jump alongside Frankley Awesome, from barrier five with Kerrin McEvoy on board. 

VRC Oaks winner Aristia ran third behind Verry Elleegant and Frankley Awesome in the Vinery last start and there is no issue with her at the 2400m. She has drawn barrier eight and Damian Lane will ride. 

2019 Australian Oaks final field and barriers: 

1. VERRY ELLEEGANT - Chris Waller, James McDonald (12) 56kg
2. ARISTIA - Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra, Damian Lane (8) 56kg 
3. FRANKLEY AWESOME - Kris Lees, Hugh Bowman (4) 56kg 
4. IMELDA MARY - Wayne Hillis, Glen Boss (2) 56kg 
5. MARACAIBO - Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young, Stephen Baster (13) 56kg 
6. ALIFEROUS - Kris Lees, Kerrin McEvoy (5) 56kg 
7. SCARLET DREAM - Mark Newnham, Blake Shinn (1) 56kg 
8. CLEMENINA - Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman, Opie Bosson (9) 56kg 
9. AUTUMN - Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Tim Clark (3) 56kg 
10. ROCKNAVAR - Matthew Dunn, Jason Collett (15) 56kg 
11. ROMANI GIRL - Chris Waller, Tommy Berry (10) 56kg 
12. MRS MADRID - Anthony Cummings, Christian Reith (11) 56kg 
13. BYE BYE BELLE - Michael Kent, John Allen (14) 56kg 
14. MISS MOANA - John Sargent, Brenton Avdulla (7) 56kg 
15. HAPPY EVERY DAY - Gary Moore, Travis Wolfgram (6) 56kg 


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