2011 Western Australian Oaks Final Field & Barrier Draw

March 22nd, 2011

The 2011 WA Oaks is set to take place this Saturday March 26 at the esteemed Ascot Racecourse, the three-year-old fillies’ feature attracting a final field of 14 hopefuls.

Clear favourite to win this year’s $250,000 Group 3 W.A. Oaks (2400m), one of the best horse racing events held at Ascot for the season, is the Grant Williams-trained Dreamaway.

The daughter of More Than Ready boasts an excellent career record of four wins from eight starts to date and comes into Saturday’s showdown on the back of three consecutive victories.

On February 12 Dreamaway claimed her maiden black-type victory in the Group 3 W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) before taking out the Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m) on February 26 and the Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m) on March 12.

For all three wins the WA Oaks favourite overcome double-figure barrier draws and will relish the ideal gate seven draw for her Oaks bid on the weekend.

Top WA jockey William Pike is booked for the ride on Dreamaway in the WA Oaks, having ridden her to victory in the Champion Fillies and 1000 Guineas before Shaun Meeres had the ride last start in the Natasha Stakes.

Meeres still has a ride in the WA Oaks aboard Ihtsadame, the Vernon Brockman-trained filly yet to win from her nine starts to date.

Dreamaway is out to emulate the Darren McAuliffe-trained Impressive Jeuney who won the Natasha Stakes / WA Oaks double 12 months ago.

Her biggest danger and the other leading fancy in the WA Oaks field is her stablemate, the fellow Grant Williams-trained Moonlight Bay.

Moonlight Bay has also drawn well for Saturday set to start from barrier six with Jason Whiting in the mount.

The Catbird filly ran second to Dreamaway in the Champion Fillies Stakes before fading to finish 12th in the 1000 Guineas.

She showed she was back on track last start, again finishing runner-up to her classy stablemate Dreamaway in the Natasha Stakes.

The other major player in this year’s WA Oaks is Why She Left, the second runner for trainer Vernon Brockman.

Why She Left most recently ran third in the Natasha Stakes, a lead-up race that the past 10 WA Oaks winners ran first, second or third in.

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2011 Skyy Vodka WA Oaks Final Field & Barrier Draw

No. Horse Barrier Weight Rider Trainer
1 DREAMAWAY 7 55 William Pike Grant Williams
2 WHY SHE LEFT 3 55 Peter Hall Vernon Brockman
3 MOONLIGHT BAY 6 55 Jason Whiting Grant Williams
4 IHTSATUNE 11 55 Daniel Staeck Fred Kersley
5 TESTA ALTEZZA 13 55 Neville Parnham
6 BELLABEN 5 55 Troy Turner Shane Edwards
7 VIARISE 8 55 Shaun O’Donnell Paul Dyson
8 A TRUE BUSINESS 12 55 Peter Knuckey Gavin Foster
9 SVARA 10 55 Shaun McGruddy Fred Kersley
10 HANG ON HONEY 14 55 Patrick Carbery Bob McPherson
11 STRIPED CAT 9 55 Danny Miller Fred Kersley
12 IHTSADAME 4 55 Shaun Meeres Vernon Brockman
13 LADYSEA 2 55 Paul Harvey Tony Noonan
14 SYSTEM SIX 1 55 Duncan Miller Sharon Miller