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ATC Australian Oaks

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VERRY ELLEEGANT winning the Australian Oaks.
VERRY ELLEEGANT winning the Australian Oaks. Picture: Steve Hart

The ATC Australian Oaks is a Group 1 race for three year old fillies conducted by the Australian Turf Club at Randwick. It would be regarded as the strongest of the Oaks run in Australia.
The ATC Australian Oaks was first run in 1885 and was won by Uralla.
The ATC Australian Oaks is run over 2400m under Set Weights conditions. It has been raced over varying distances through the years. It was known as the Adrian Knox Stakes/Adrian Knox Oaks Stakes when not run at the mile and a half.
Like many feature races this was one was battled hard between Bart Cummings with seven wins and TJ Smith with six.
The leading jockey is Roy Higgins (6) from Ted Bartle (5) and Jack Thompson (5).
The last time Winx was ever beaten was in the ATC Australian Oaks behind Gust Of Wind in 2015.
Rising Romance (1st) and Lucia Valentina (3rd) from the 2014 running of the Oaks would go on to place in the Caulfield Cup later that year with only the Japanese stayer Admire Rakti superior.
Research won the Australian Oaks four days after winning the Australian Derby.
Last filly to run against the older horses before winning the Oaks was Mahaya in 1993. She was 4th in The BMW behind Kaaptive Edition, Rough Habit and Veandercross.
Bounding Away is the only Slipper winner to win the Oaks.
Since 2009, kiwis fillies have dominated the race.
Hugh Bowman has saluted in 5 of the last 11 runnings, including taking three in a row.
The main lead up runs are for those coming through the Vinery Stud (Storm Queen) Stakes (11) and the Adrian Knox Stakes (7).
VRC Oaks-ATC Oaks double since 1956 - Evening Peal (1955-56), Chicola (1958-59), Indian Summer (1961-62), Arctic Star (1962-63), Light Fingers (1964-65), Farmer's Daughter (1966-67), Surround (1976-77), November Rain (1980-81), Research (1988-89), Grand Archway (1998-99), Serenade Rose (2005-06).
Vinery Stud (Storm Queen)-ATC Oaks double - Sheraco (1982), Research (1989), Alcove (1994), Danendri (1997), Serenade Rose (2006), Heavenly Glow (2008), Verry Elleegant (2019).
The 2019 ATC Australian Oaks was worth $1million.
Notable winners of the Oaks include Flight (1944), Evening Peal (1956), Wenona Girl (1961), Light Fingers (1965), Lowland (1968), Analie (1973), Leilani (1974), How Now (1976), Surround (1977), November Rain (1981), Bounding Away (1987), Research (1989), Triscay (1991), Circles Of Gold (1995), Republic Lass (2002), Serenade Rose (2006), Streama (2012), Royal Descent (2013), Bonneval (2017), Unforgotten (2018) and Verry Elleegant (2019).
The 2019 ATC Australian Oaks was won by Verry Elleegant from Scarlet Dream and Frankely Awesome.


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Previous ATC Australian Oaks Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) 3F
ZED (NZ) - OPULENCE (NZ) DANROAD (AUS)
J B MCDONALD56.0CHRIS WALLER11
UNFORGOTTEN (AUS) 3F
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - MEMORIES OF YOU (IRE) GALILEO (IRE)
J BOWMAN56.0CHRIS WALLER7
BONNEVAL (NZ) 3F
MAKFI (GB) - IMPOSINGLY (AUS) ZABEEL (NZ)
J BOWMAN56.0MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN6
SOFIA ROSA (NZ) 3F
MAKFI (GB) - BISLIERI (AUS) ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS)
J BOWMAN56.0STEPHEN MARSH11
GUST OF WIND (NZ) 3F
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) - STARRYSTARRYNIGHT (IRE) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
T ANGLAND56.0J G SARGENT5
RISING ROMANCE (NZ) 3F
EKRAAR (USA) - POST ROMANCE (NZ) POSTPONED (USA)
J B MCDONALD56.0DONNA & DEAN LOGAN4
ROYAL DESCENT (AUS) 3F
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - MULAN PRINCESS (NZ) KAAPSTAD (NZ)
N RAWILLER56.0CHRIS WALLER9
STREAMA (AUS) 3F
STRATUM (AUS) - PENSIAMO (AUS) SOVEREIGN RED (NZ)
J BOWMAN56.0G H WALTER6
ABSOLUTELY (AUS) 3F
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - CATSHAAN (AUS) CATRAIL (USA)
B RAWILLER56.0MICHAEL KENT3
ONCE WERE WILD (AUS) 3F
JOHANNESBURG (USA) - WILDESONG (AUS) UNBRIDLED'S SONG (USA)
N RAWILLER56.0MS G WATERHOUSE3
DAFFODIL (NZ) 3F
NO EXCUSE NEEDED (GB) - SPRING (NZ) O'REILLY (NZ)
J BOWMAN56.0KEVIN GRAY11
HEAVENLY GLOW (AUS) 3F
SPINNING WORLD (USA) - STARSPHERE (AUS) CELESTIAL BOUNTY (IRE)
R THOMPSON56.0ALLAN DENHAM5
RENA'S LADY (AUS) 3F
ARENA (AUS) - BOISTEROUS LADY (AUS) ROBELLINO (USA)
M RODD56.0GARY PORTELLI5
SERENADE ROSE (AUS) 3F
STRAVINSKY (USA) - ROSE OF TRALEE (AUS) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
G BOSS55.5D L FREEDMAN9
DIZELLE (AUS) 3F
ZABEEL (NZ) - DANELAGH (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
C W BROWN55.5JOHN HAWKES7
WILD IRIS (AUS) 3F
SPECTRUM (IRE) - WILD VIOLET (AUS) ARCHREGENT (CAN)
L V CASSIDY55.5G H WALTER8
SUNDAY JOY (AUS) 3F
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - JOIE DENISE (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
L BEASLEY55.5MS G WATERHOUSE1
REPUBLIC LASS (AUS) 3F
CANNY LAD (AUS) - SWIFT SEASONS (USA) COX'S RIDGE (USA)
G BOSS55.0G H WALTER1
ROSE ARCHWAY (AUS) 3F
ARCHWAY (IRE) - NAZAAN (NZ) ZAMAZAAN (FR)
B YORK54.0CLARRY CONNERS12
COCO COBANNA (NZ) 3F
CASUAL LIES (USA) - COBANNA (NZ) STAR WAY (GB)
R S DYE54.0MS G WATERHOUSE8

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