New Zealand Oaks
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The New Zealand Oaks is a Group 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for three year old fillies at Trentham race course conducted by the Wellington Racing Club.
The New Zealand Oaks is run over 2400m. It was first run in 1969 and won by Mayo Gold.
The New Zealand Oaks is the main New Zealand fillies race.
As part of the Wellington Cup carnival, it was first run as the Wellington Oaks over a mile and a quarter. However it became a mile and a half in 1973 and was then called the NZ Oaks in 1974.
Kiwis fillies have run well in this and then headed to Australia for either the Sydney races or the Brisbane races. Just in 2017 Bonneval won with ease at Randwick after winning at Trentham.
One of those was Miltak who also took out an Auckland Cup and a BMW at Rosehill.
Savvy Coup won the Oaks with ease and in the Spring graduated to WFA to take the Spring Classic.
Opie Bosson has a top recent record winning four of them from 2000 to 2010.
The New Zealand Oaks was worth NZ$400,000 in 2020.
Notable winners of the New Zealand Oaks include Jennifer Eccles (2020), Savvy Coup (2018), Bonneval (2017), Fanatic (2016), Boundless (2008), Princess Coup (2007), Legs (2006), Justa Tad (2005), Bramble Rose (2003), Savannah Success (1999), Tycoon Lil (1998), Snap (1994), Miltak (1993), Domino (1990) and Candide (1988).
The 2020 New Zealand Oaks was won by Jennifer Eccles from Vancooga and Feel The Rush.
Previous New Zealand Oaks Winners
| JENNIFER ECCLES (NZ) 3F |
RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) - PLATINUM ELLE (NZ) ELNADIM (USA)
|J L WADDELL||56.5||SHAUNE RITCHIE||18|
| SENTIMENTAL MISS (NZ) 3F |
RELIABLE MAN (GB) - NOSTALGIC (AUS) QUEST FOR FAME (GB)
|L J ALLPRESS||56.5||L LATTA||2|
| SAVVY COUP (NZ) 3F |
SAVABEEL (AUS) - EUDORA (NZ) PINS (AUS)
|C W JOHNSON||56.5||MICHAEL & MATTHEW PITMAN||12|
| BONNEVAL (NZ) 3F |
MAKFI (GB) - IMPOSINGLY (AUS) ZABEEL (NZ)
|M CAMERON||56.5||MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN||10|
| FANATIC (NZ) 3F |
SHOCKING (AUS) - KOMPLETE KLASS (NZ) GROOM DANCER (USA)
|M HILLS||56.5||GRAEME SANDERS||15|
| SAVARIA (NZ) 3F |
SAVABEEL (AUS) - AMATHEA (NZ) O'REILLY (NZ)
|H S TINSLEY||56.5||R BERGERSON||1|
| MISS MOSSMAN (NZ) 3F |
MOSSMAN (AUS) - DANE PROMISE (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
|J PARKES||56.5||JOHN SARGENT & HAYDEN ALLEN||4|
| MORE THAN SACRED (AUS) 3F |
MORE THAN READY (USA) - DANALAGA (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
|L G INNES||56.5||TONY PIKE & MARK DONOGHUE||14|
| MISS ARTISTIC (NZ) 3F |
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) - ARTLESS (AUS) DAHAR (USA)
|M T COLEMAN||56.5||SHAUNE RITCHIE||2|
| MIDNIGHT OIL (NZ) 3F |
KEEPER (AUS) - GILDED LIGHT (AUS) GILDED TIME (USA)
|R J MYERS||56.0||P DUNCAN||3|
| KEEP THE PEACE (NZ) 3F |
KEEPER (AUS) - PEACE OF MIND (NZ) WILD RAMPAGE (AUS)
|O P BOSSON||56.0||SHAUNE RITCHIE||15|
| JUNGLE ROCKET (NZ) 3F |
JUNGLE POCKET (JPN) - GU LI (NZ) LAST TYCOON (GB)
|J B MCDONALD||56.0||JEFF MCVEAN||8|
| BOUNDLESS (NZ) 3F |
VAN NISTELROOY (USA) - NOTHING LESS (NZ) STAR WAY (GB)
|H S TINSLEY||56.0||STEPHEN MCKEE||13|
| PRINCESS COUP (AUS) 3F |
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - STONEYFELL ROAD (AUS) SOVEREIGN RED (NZ)
|O P BOSSON||56.0||MARK WALKER||13|
| LEGS (NZ) 3F |
PINS (AUS) - RIVER CENTURY (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
|DAVID WALKER||56.0||KEVIN GRAY||2|
| JUSTA TAD (NZ) 3F |
ISTIDAAD (USA) - INFINITY (NZ) MARKELLA (FR)
|V A COLGAN||56.0||RUDY LIEFTING||13|
| WHARITE PRINCESS (NZ) 3F |
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS (NZ) - REGAL VISIT (NZ) VICE REGAL (NZ)
|B S HERD||56.0||L LATTA||5|
| BRAMBLE ROSE (NZ) 3F |
SHINKO KING (IRE) - IMAGES (NZ) GLEAM MACHINE (USA)
|O P BOSSON||56.0||MARK TODD||15|
| VAPOUR TRAIL (NZ) 3F |
JETBALL (AUS) - DEVIL'S LAIR (NZ) SIR TRISTRAM (IRE)
|S SEAMER||56.0||D LOGAN||3|
| TAPILDO (NZ) 3F |
RHYTHM (USA) - EMULATE (NZ) SIR TRISTRAM (IRE)
|M R DU PLESSIS||56.0||SHEILA LAXON||12|
| SHE'S COUNTRY (NZ) 3F |
KENFAIR (NZ) - CROSS COUNTRY (USA) BEN FAB (USA)
|O P BOSSON||56.0||B WALLACE||1|
There will be no more New Zealand horses travelling to Australia for the autumn after the government barred international travel.
There remain a few unknown variables to overcome, but the green light has been given by syndicate manager Adrian Clark to press on to the Gr.1 Australian Oaks (2400m) with exciting filly Jennifer Eccles.
Riverton trainers Kelvin and Aimee Tyler are now eyeing some potential Australian targets with two of their runners after their solid performances at Trentham on Saturday.
Te Akau Racing's jockey Opie Bosson has made a quick return to Australia to ride the team's horses over the Sydney carnival.
Second Group 1 winner for Rip Van Winkle
With a horror draw nullified by jockey Jason Waddell, the superiority of Jennifer Eccles shone through in Saturday’s Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham.
Trentham specialist Enzo’s Lad produced another courageous performance at his favourite track as he delivered a nail-biting victory in the Listed Te Akau Racing Lightning Handicap (1200m) on Saturday.
Jason Waddell has ridden the Shaune Ritchie-trained Jennifer Eccles to a decisive win in the New Zealand Oaks.
Cambridge trainer Tony Pike knows his Group One winning filly Loire has got her work cut out to turn the tables on quality rival Jennifer Eccles when the pair clash again in the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m).
Shaune Ritchie thought he was in a nightmare on Wednesday.
The New Zealand Oaks run at Trentham on Saturday is often a very good guide as to whether the fillies will go on to be strong mares.
Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is pleased with the manner in which talented three-year-old Scorpz has bounced back from his Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) exertions, with the son of Charm Spirit set to embark on a Sydney campaign.
It says much for the impact that champion galloper Bonecrusher had on his trainer Frank Ritchie and strapper (and Ritchie’s son) Shaune that the mere mention of his name still sends a collective shiver down their spines.
Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen know how to shock punters, especially at Trentham, and they are hoping they can do it again on Saturday.