Australian Oaks final field and barrier draw - unlucky 13 for Luvaluva

  • Last two winners came through NZ Oaks.
  • Adrian Knox and Vinery Stud are reliable guides.
Kerrin McEvoy on Luvaluva

John Sargent’s consistent filly, Luvaluva, has copped the widest gate (13) in Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick.

Having taken out the Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) with top weight of 60kg last Saturday, the daughter of Mastercraftsman now aims to become the first horse since La Souvronne (1984) to win from barrier 13. 

Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) winner Hiyaam has the inside gate for trainer Mick Price and jockey Michael Dee, while Vinery runner-up Unforgotten has drawn barrier 7 as Chris Waller aims for his second win in the fillies’ feature.

In the past two years, the Australian Oaks winner has come out of the New Zealand Oaks (2400m), and on Saturday, NZ Oaks winner Savvy Coup and runner-up Contessa Vanessa aim to continue the trend from gates 2 and 5 respectively.

New Zealand Derby (2400m) 3rd placegetter Danzdanzdance and NZ Oaks Prelude (1800m) winner She’s A Treasure strengthen the hand of New Zealand-based trainers. 

VRC Oaks (2500m) runner-up Bring Me Roses has drawn wide in barrier 12 and will need to lift on her most recent performance having finished 11 lengths from Hiyaam in the Vinery.

2018 Australian Oaks field and barriers:

1. ALOISIA (NZ) Ciaron Maher - Mark Zahra (9) 56kg
2. HIYAAM (NZ) Mick Price - Michael Dee (1) 56kg
3. UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller - Hugh Bowman (7) 56kg
4. SAVVY COUP (NZ) Michael & Matthew Pitman - Chris Johnson (2) 56kg
5. LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent - Kerrin McEvoy (13) 56kg
6. BRING ME ROSES Tony McEvoy - Luke Currie (12) 56kg
7. CONTESSA VANESSA (NZ) Graeme Rogerson - Craig Williams (5) 56kg
8. DANZDANZDANCE Chris Gibbs - Michael Walker (3) 56kg
9. CHILLY CHA CHA (NZ) Kris Lees - Jason Collett (6) 56kg
10. SHE’S A TREASURE (NZ) Tony Pike - Damian Lane (4) 56kg
11. MISS ADMIRATION Mick Price - Damien Oliver (11) 56kg
12. NAIVASHA Nigel Blackiston - Rhys McLeod (10) 56kg
13. WILD SEA Michael Kent – TBA (8) 56kg


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Australian Oaks final field and barrier draw - unlucky 13 for Luvaluva

John Sargent’s consistent filly, Luvaluva, has copped the widest gate (13) in Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick.

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