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Gr 1 racing for the 3YO fillies now in the QTC Oaks. Ric Chapman unpacks the race goes through the whole field and finds the top 4. Good luck punters.

1. Molly Bloom (10)

echo J: Blake Shinn T: L O'Sullivan & A Scott

Is rock solid, can run all day and last start when making a massive amount of ground in the Gr 2 Roses when 5th to Scarlet Oak says she is ready to burn these late. Likes to get back and should be one off in about 10th nearing the bend then will come home hard. Big danger.

PB Rating 9
Last 5 71x25
Win $5.50 Place $2.15
  • Ready to Fire

3. Amazonian Lass (18)

echo J: Adam Hyeronimus T: G Waterhouse & A Bott

Last start was too bad to be true. She led and was the first horse beaten when they turned for home in the race won by Scarlet Oak over 2000m. Is better than that and is the likely leader. Won in the mud leading all the way the run prior over 1800m in stakes grade beating Molly Bloom. Worth another chance.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 4x210
Win $26.00 Place $6.50
  • Good on Soft

4. Scarlet Oak (15)

echo J: Jay Mac T: C Waller

This is a special racehorse but is she Gr 1 material after just 4 starts? Certainly made us all think so last start when perfectly ridden by Jay Mac when landing the chocolates over 2000m in the Gr 2 Roses over 2000m. That followed an easy win in the mud over a mile at Newcastle. Keeps rising in grade but just keeps winning so must be strongly fancied.

PB Rating 9
Last 5 1211
Win $3.60 Place $1.65
  • Proven Winner

5. Moonlight Magic (6)

echo J: Michael Dee T: A Forsman

Extra smart Kiwi filly on the quick backup from her game 2nd in the Gr 1 Derby behind Warmonger. Had a bad gate so went right back to bear last to find a slot then circled the field. Seems to handle the wet tracks and is extremely fit. No doubt she sits a fair bit closer in the run this time from this draw and looms as the one they all have to beat.

PB Rating 9.1
Last 5 56412
Win $15.00 Place $4.40
  • In Form

6. Mollynickers (8)

echo J: Carleen Hefel T: P Moody & K Coleman

Good, reliable type but not sure she is a genuine Gr 1 horse at this trip. Is very fit mind you and did make ground late when beaten 6 lengths to Scarlet Oak last start but may struggle last 200m in this grade.

PB Rating 7
Last 5 35389
Win $51.00 Place $11.00
  • Good on Soft

7. Socks Nation (11)

echo J: Ryan Maloney T: C Maher

Brings Melbourne form into this race. Likes to get out and be with the pace and should be able to do just that here. Is fit. Last start under 58kg at Randwick turned 2nd in strong 3YO race and was beaten just over a length. My doubt is the last 200m at this level.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 42444
Win $61.00 Place $14.00
  • Place Performer

8. Miss Joelene (22)

echo J: James Orman T: K Schweida

Here’s the dark horse of this field. She can stay and she is very fit. Up near lead all the way in the mud when beaten 4 lengths in the 1800m Bracelet by Amazonian Lass and Molly bloom. Then from horrible gate went back to last in big field before charging home for 3rd to Scarlet oak. Bad draw again so probably snags up to find a spot but if she gets cover she can bound home hard. Big player.

PB Rating 8.9
Last 5 12663
Win $18.00 Place $4.80
  • Ready to Fire

9. Ahuriri (21)

echo J: John Allen T: C Waller

Tough filly who can stay all day. Easily won the 2800m St Leger in Melbourne on a good track. Then was 5th, about 3 lengths behind Coco sun and subsequent Derby winner Warmonger in the Gr 1 SA Derby. Probably goes back from this gate but can handle adversity and will be bobbing away at the end. Have in your numbers.

PB Rating 8.7
Last 5 12815
Win $5.50 Place $2.15
  • Place Performer

10. Good Banter (5)

echo J: Jamie Kah T: J O'Shea

Good improving Sydney filly who knocked over subsequent Gr 1 winner Autumn Angel in the Gr 3 Adrian Knox on a wet track then hit the line well when 7th to Scarlet oak last start beaten 3 lengths. Did get 8kg in the Adrian knox but is improving and likes it wet.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 44617
Win $21.00 Place $6.00
  • Place Performer

11. Mare Of Mt Buller (2)

echo J: Tommy Berry T: C Waller

This is a smart, improving filly who must be respected. Past two runs have been in stakes races and she has placed both times, latest when charging at her stablemate Scarlet oak and just missing in the Gr 2 Roses. is very tough, gets back and runs home hard. This trip looks ideal as well. major player.

PB Rating 9
Last 5 16732
Win $8.50 Place $2.90
  • Ready to Fire

12. Our Gold Hope (13)

echo J: Craig Williams T: Robert & L Price

Is extremely fit and has been up a fair while. Saying that, her form is strong for this. Has run on from the home turn in each of her last 6 starts, latest when solid closing 4th to Scarlet Oak and Mare Of Mt buller last start in the Gr 2 Roses over 2000m. Gives the impression this trip will suit and has claims.

PB Rating 8.3
Last 5 32534
Win $31.00 Place $7.50
  • Good on Soft

13. Oceans Of Energy (1)

echo J: Damien Thornton T: M Dunn

Handy filly who is bred to stay but hasn’t shone in recent stakes races so looks tested here also.

PB Rating 5.9
Last 5 81050
Win $91.00 Place $21.00
  • Good on Soft

14. Kind Words (23)

echo J: Mark Zahra T: K Lees

Winner only once from 11 starts but hasn’t been far away in all the main lead-up races including beaten 3 lengths by Scarlet Oak last start. A win would surprise but could run on into a place at big odds.

PB Rating 7
Last 5 99536
Win $21.00 Place $5.50
  • Good on Soft

15. Gentileschi (4)

echo J: Zac Lloyd (A) T: P Messara & L Gavranic

Bred to stay and did win 3 on the bounce in weaker country grade recently. This will test though.

PB Rating 7
Last 5 x1113
Win $41.00 Place $9.00
  • Likes Dry Track

16. Unique Ambition (20)

echo J: Michael Rodd T: J Sargent

More than handy filly who is a last-start winner, albeit in a low key Class 1. Both her wins have been on wet tracks. In a strong staying stable but is rising a long way in grade.

PB Rating 7
Last 5 x1801
Win $61.00 Place $15.00
  • Good on Soft

17. Concello (7)

echo J: V Duric T: T C Waller

Is talented but may be a length or so inferior to the very best. Beaten 6 lengths when an $8 chance in the Gr 1 SA Oaks then last start just behind pace when beaten half a length in a BM 72 at randwick. Rough place show.

PB Rating 7
Last 5 51302
Win $34.00 Place $8.50
  • In Form

18. Firestorm (12)

echo J: N Rawiller T: C Waller

Handy and is stakes placed recently behind Waikato Girl this track over a mile but may lack finishing power over this trip. Not keen.

PB Rating 6
Last 5 14303
Win $34.00 Place $8.50
  • Good on Soft

19. Callistemon (17)

echo J: R Stewart T: K Parker

Restricted grade galloper with some talent but this looks way too hard.

PB Rating 5.7
Last 5 15647
Win $126.00 Place $31.00
  • Good on Soft

20. Grey Ice (19)

echo J: Martin Harley T: B Laming

Outside place hope. Carried 61kg on a heavy track over this trip last start and bolted in – but it was a low-key BM 58. this is many lengths harder but has stocked a couple of important boxes.

PB Rating 7.2
Last 5 11841
Win $41.00 Place $11.00
  • In Form

22. Ala Moana (14)

echo J: Michael Dee T: D O'Brien

Stakes placed staying Victorian who is far from being the worst here. Bolted in over 2200m at Bendigo last start looking a million dollars. TRhis is a lot harder but she can stay and has to be considered.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 44351
Win $61.00 Place $14.00
  • In Form

23. Ring Me Up (9)

echo J: TBC T: C Waller

Fair filly but wouldn’t win this with a headstart.

PB Rating 5
Last 5 5x728
Win $151.00 Place $34.00
  • Likes Dry Track

First 4

1. Mare Of Mt Buller, 2. Moonlight Magic, 3. Ahuriri, 4. Scarlet Oak

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