The Tony McEvoy trained Bring Me Roses has come in for some solid support at double figures odds to be listed as a strong market mover in the betting for the Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Oaks (Australasian Oaks) (2000m) at Morphettville today.
Bring Me Roses was marked at $15 with Ladbrokes.com.au earlier in the week but on race morning has firmed into $12 in a fairly open betting race that has joint favourites Sopressa and Savacool at $5.50 in the fifteen horse Australasian Oaks field.
Regular rider Luke Currie is again on board Bring Me Roses and steered the High Chaparral filly to her only win in the Group 2 $200,000 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) at Flemington during the 2017 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Currie was also in charge last start when Bring Me Roses finished fourth to Unforgotten in the Group 1 $1m James Boag’s Premium Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on April 14 before she had a short freshen up before heading to Adelaide.
“I’ve decided to bring her home and freshen her up and she’s been up at my farm on the river Murray,” McEvoy told racing.com.
“She’s really bounced out of Sydney beautifully. She’s really brightened up well.”
Bring Me Roses has been placed twice at Group 1 level for a second in the 2017 Group 1 $1m Kennedy Oaks (2500m) at Flemington in the Spring and a third in the Group 1 $1m Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington during the 2018 Autumn Carnival.
Even though Bring Me Roses has been placed at 2500m and at 1600m, McEvoy can’t explain why the filly ran down the track at her only two starts over the 2000m, the same distance as today’s Australasian Oaks, when twelfth in the Group 2 $300,000 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington in the Spring and a tenth, two starts back, in the Group 1 $500,000 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 31.
“I can’t quite explain that, but she’s got a great base fitness and she’s nice and fresh and bright, so all the signs from home is that she’ll love 2000,” McEvoy said.
The field for the 2018 Australasian Oaks stays intact with fifteen runners with Bring Me Roses to jump from barrier twelve.
McEvoy will also saddle up $12 chance Temple Of Bel who will jump from gate ten with Craig Williams in the saddle.