Scarlett Lady Heads 2011 Queensland Oaks Nominations

May 31st, 2011

The nominations for the 2011 Queensland Oaks show that there’s a very strong field in the making for this Saturday at Eagle Farm.

Scarlett Lady will be the favourite after her last start dominance in The Roses but the race certainly changes over a 2400m journey at Eagle Farm.

Not only is the track and distance different but so too the tempo of the race with a few new horses thrown into the mix.

Potentially the biggest inclusion is Fillydelphia which beat the boys in the Rough Habit Stakes two starts back.

While she could only finish fourth in her last run that was again against colts and geldings so she’s in great shape to grab a win at Eagle Farm this weekend.

Another big threat to Scarlett Lady is fellow kiwi Shez Sinsational.

She’s in tremendous shape according to all reports and with some decent recent form under her belt Allan Sharrock believes she’s a real chance at looming up in the final 100m.

The invasion doesn’t stop there either, wearing the Silver Fern of New Zealand will be Fibrillation for Tim Martin.

She ran very well against quality company down in Sydney during the Autumn and came agonisingly close to  Group 1 success.

Martin believes the competition isn’t as strong in Brisbane and he’s extremely confident she’ll run even better if she can get a dry track.

Turning heads with her last run was you guessed it, another kiwi, Heidilicious for John Sadler.

After starting the race poorly she made up ground late at Doomben and the wider straight at Eagle Farm will no doubt help her significantly.

The final one you can’t overlook though is Divorces for Peter Snowden.

She couldn’t match the winner in The Roses but Snowden thinks she can handle the step up in trip and a new race plan will help her a lot.

Expect her to be no closer than midfield and to run home hard late with Snowden hoping she can switch off and relax among horses further back.

The 2011 Queensland Oaks nominations are listed below with final fields and odds to come later in the week.

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2011 Queensland Oaks Nominations & Weight

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 AVOIDED John P Thompson 109= 55.5kg
2 BECERRA Lee Freedman 14 55.5kg 79
3 BLACK SPARTA Paul Murray 64 55.5kg 63
4 COUSTELLET Bart Cummings 56 55.5kg 60
5 CRAFTY LADY John Symons & Sheila Laxon 43 55.5kg 69
6 DIVORCES Peter Snowden 2 55.5kg 93
7 DRIVING REIGN Harry Reed 22 55.5kg 66
8 FIBRILLATION Tim Martin 6 55.5kg 90
9 FILLYDELPHIA Robert Heathcote 9 55.5kg 88
10 HEIDILICIOUS (NZ) John Sadler 35 55.5kg 70
11 HIDDEN KISSES Robert Heathcote 5 55.5kg
12 I WALK THE LINE Patrick & Wayne Webster 23 55.5kg 73
13 IN A TANGLE Bryan Guy 13 55.5kg 74
14 JAHRE Anthony Cummings 74 55.5kg 61
15 NAYANA Grant Allard 49 55.5kg 67
16 RIVER OF DREAMS John Symons & Sheila Laxon 112 55.5kg –
17 SAVANNAH’S CHOICE Chris Waller 21 55.5kg
18 SCARLETT LADY (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 8 55.5kg 94
19 SHEZ SINSATIONAL (NZ) Allan Sharrock 36= 55.5kg 82
20 TROPICANA GIRL Chris Waller 34 55.5kg 68
21 ZABEEL BABE (NZ) John O’Shea 116= 55.5kg