2014 W.A Oaks Final Field and Barrier Draw

March 28th, 2014

A final field of 11 has been confirmed to line up for the 2014 Group 3 W.A. Oaks (2400m) at Ascot Racecourse tomorrow, including in-form three-year-old Balmont Girl.

Amassing three wins and six places from only 14 race starts to date, Balmont Girl has arguably hit career-best form over her current preparation, following up a competitive third in the Group 3 W.A. Champion Filly Stakes (1600m) with two unlucky runners-up prizes in the Listed Aquanita Stakes (1800m) and Listed Starstruck Classic (1600m).

Breaking through for a maiden win this time in in the Singapore T.C. Trophy (1400m), the talented daughter of Balmont was unstoppable in the Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m) most recently on March 15th, rounding the final bend in the clear to open a near-five length lead when crossing the line.

Having opened at a short quote of $2.10 in betting markets for the 2014 W.A. Oaks, punters seemingly cannot get money on fast enough and have instilling Balmont Girl as clear $1.60 favourite.

Trainer Grant Williams is poised to dominate the running of the 2014 W.A. Oaks, having accepted positions in the final field for Midnight Shimmer (barrier 7), Real Charm, Red Amber (barrier 10), Real Love (barrier 9) and Dreamalong (barrier 11).

Securing two wins and three places from only nine race starts to date, Midnight Shimmer is yet to hit peak form over five race starts in 2014, but did manage a strong final straight sprint to finish third in the Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m) on March 1st.

Finishing worse than second only once in five race starts to date, talented youngter Real Charm arguably offers Williams his greatest chance of success in the 2014 W.A. Oaks, despite drawing the somewhat awkward barrier 8.

Red Amber has undoubtedly returned to the track in peak condition this season, following up a breathtaking win in the Bill Smith Memorial Handicap (1600m) first-up with a strong turn of foot for second in the Natasha Stakes last time out.

Real Love features as the unknown quantity of the 2014 W.A. Oaks final field; proving an ability to compete at a decent standard when third in the Natasha Stakes, yet unable to match the pace of similarly-rated opponents in the Ascot 1000 Guineas, finishing nearly six lengths off the pace.

Dreamalong appeared to be the next ‘big thing’ in the Williams stable when strolling home to claim the www.northamraceclub.com Maiden (1400m) on debut in September, but has since been unable to return to the winner’s circle in five proceeding starts.

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