|The Adelaide Cup Carnival heats up on Saturday with the running of the first
Group One event, the $251,200 Schweppes Australasian Oaks at Victoria Park.
Most of Australia's leading jockeys and trainers, as well as some of the
nation's most promising gallopers will be strutting their stuff at the meeting.
Riders to the calibre of Damien Oliver, Stephen Baster,
Kerrin McEvoy, Nash Rawiller, Greg Childs, Steven Arnold, Corey Brown, Andrew Findlay,
Peter Mertens, Brad Rawiller, Noel Callow, Brian Werner, Patrick Carbery and Brian Park
are among the interstate riders who will be in Adelaide on Saturday. New Zealand's Daryl
Bradley will also be in the action.
All of the nation's top trainers will also be represented at
Victoria Park. Among them are Mick Price, Gai Waterhouse, Neville Parnham, Bart Cummings,
Dean Lawson, Graeme Rogerson, Tony McEvoy, John Hawkes, Tony Noonan, Alan Bailey, Peter
Moody, Jack Denham, Leon Macdonald and the New Zealand trio of Graham Richardson, Colin
Jillings and Craig Ritchie.
A top class field of high
quality fillies is set to clash in the feature event of the day, the Group One Schweppes
Australasian Oaks. The field includes New Zealand Oaks runner-up Sursum Corda, the
Lakewood Stud Stakes placegetters Clothilde, Tully Thunder and Allez France, Group winner
Gold Lottey, last start winners Candy, Arboretum, Geiger Gold, Champagne Miss and recent
city winners Embraceable You and Gorgeous Guru and the New Zealand stakes performer Venus
Was Her Name.
The Group Three $100,640 Honda Stakes has a top class field
who are all ultimately heading toward the Group One Goodwood Handicap in a couple of weeks
The Honda field includes Intelligent Star, Windigo,
Libidinious, Secret Remedy, Romilada, Princesa, Let's Planet, John's Brother and
The final local lead up race for the
Group One SA Derby, the $100,640 Veuve Clicquot Stakes has also a high class list of
acceptors. Among them are Our Kazz, Saturday Fever, Silver Baron, Foxborough, Pray in
Vain, Mount Batten and Albero.
Some promising two-year-old gallopers get their chance to
earn early black type with the $70,200 listed Alcohol Go-Easy Stakes.
Confirmed runners include last start stakes winner
Hydrometer, recent stakes victor Firenza, the Gai Waterhouse trained Handsome Colours, the
John Hawkes trained Saints Union (part owned by Saint Kilda footballers Peter
"Spider" Everitt, Aaron Hamill, Fraser Gehrig and coach Grant Thomas).
Jack Denham, the trainer who won last years Group One SA Oaks
with the then maiden performer Asia, will saddle up his first runner for the carnival
Dandify in the listed Widden Stud Stakes. She is set to clash with handy types Easy
Landing, Lord Kingston, The Ex Files, Bricklin's Brother, Secret Haze and Peppi the Pug.
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