group of fillies have been nominated by their trainers for the pair of Group One Oaks
races in Adelaide over the smoke-free Cup Carnival.
$251,250 Schweppes (Australasian) Oaks will be the first of the two big races at Victoria
Park on May 4. Some 51 fillies were entered.
A fortnight later the $250,850 Feltex Carpets (SA) Oaks
will be run over 2500 metres at Morphettville. There were 58 nominations for this event.
Among the star entries are WA Oaks and Derby winner Honor
Lap, NZ Oaks runner-up Sursum Corda, Group performers Omens, Venus Was Her Name, Gold
Lottey and Tully Thunder, recent Flemington winner Embraceable You and top class locals
Elathea, Gorgeous Guru, Twiggy Summit and Shanghai Moon.
The SAJC were pleased with the amount of interest from New
Zealanders. Trainers to nominate fillies included Colin Jillings, Graham Richardson, John
Wheeler and Michael Moroney.
Leading trainers from around the countries have thrown
their hat into the ring. Gai Waterhouse, Bart Cummings, Lee Freedman, Colin Alderson, John
Hawkes and Leon Corstens were among trainers to enter fillies.