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Kiwi fillies have won the last two runnings of the Group 1 $1m James Boag’s Premium Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on day two of The Championships and again have a strong presence this year after first acceptances were taken this week.

Bring Me Roses, above. is among the first acceptances for the 2018 Australian Oaks at Randwick. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Bring Me Roses, above. is among the first acceptances for the 2018 Australian Oaks at Randwick. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh won the 2016 Australian Oaks with Sofia Rosa while New Zealand training legend Murray Baker together with his co-trainer Andrew Forsman won the filly’s classic last year with Bonneval.

Baker and Forsman have two fillies, Marcellina and Milseain, among the sixty-four first acceptances for the 2018 Australian Oaks while Marsh has only one in the Pins filly Mark Two.

Ruakaka trainers Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs have accepted with the current Australian Oaks favourite Danzdanzdance who heads the market order at $7 at Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Mastercraftsman filly is the winner of one of her five starts in New Zealand but she showed plenty of staying ability with a last start third to Vin De Dance in the Group 1 NZ$1m NZ Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie in New Zealand on March 3.

The Michael and Matthew Pitman trained Savvy Coup is also well up in the betting at $11 and also showed good staying potential with a win in the Group 3 NZ$70,000 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on March 1.

Several other Kiwi fillies among the first acceptances for the Australian Oaks are Hasahalo, Contessa Vanessa, Treasure and Belle Du Nord.

The John Sargent trained Luvaluva is the shortest priced Australian trained filly at $8 with Ladbrokes.com.au while her stablemates Maria Victoria and Golden Lily are rated as 100-1 shots.

Kennedy Oaks runner up Bring Me Roses is a first acceptor for the Australian Oaks and the Tony McEvoy trained filly is on the third line of betting at $10 just ahead of Aloisia ($11) who finished out of a place in the fillies classic during the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

As well as Aloisia, trainer Aaron Purcell has also included Inspirante in the first acceptances for the 2018 Australian Oaks.

The final acceptances for the 2018 Australian Oaks are due on Tuesday, April 10.

First acceptances for the 2018 Australian Oaks (2400m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 438x331x11 ALL TOO SOON F 3 David Payne 71
2 12x5116x50 ALOISIA (NZ) F 3 Aaron Purcell 105
3 33x14921x8 AONAIR F 3 Chris Waller 70
4 12×2893206 BELLE DU NORD (NZ) F 3 Emma-Lee & David Browne
5 7×44010 BLUE JAY WAY F 3 Grahame Begg
6 432102×23 BRING ME ROSES F 3 Tony McEvoy 92
7 3711455×41 BURDEN OF PROOF F 3 Theresa Bateup 59
8 32×324 CAPPAMORE F 3 Jason Coyle
9 4123 CARICATURE (NZ) F 3 Tony Pike
10 8x211x41 CHILLY CHA CHA (NZ) F 3 Kris Lees 62
11 CONTESSA VANESSA (NZ) F 3 Graeme Rogerson
12 1321×37 DANCERS F 3 Brad Widdup 67
13 23 DANZDANZDANCE F 3 Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs
14 61×3 DISCREET CHARM F 3 John P Thompson 64
15 14×29 EARTH ANGEL F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 65
16 326×3 GLOBAL SANCTION F 3 Grahame Begg
17 4549 GOLDEN LILY F 3 John Sargent
18 5336×13532 GRAND THEFT AUTO F 3 Edward O’Rourke 57
19 212x HASAHALO (NZ) F 3 Stephen McKee
20 1x7x43x HIGH LOW BET F 3 Chris Waller 66
21 5x12343x HIYAAM (NZ) F 3 Mick Price 85
22 2x655x527 INDRABEEL (NZ) F 3 Nigel Blackiston
23 31 INSPIRANTE (FR) F 3 Aaron Purcell
24 532x3x211 ITALIA BELLA F 3 Stuart Kendrick
25 32 JUNGLE FISH F 3 Michael Kent
26 7046×32 JUST GORGEOUS F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
27 5x695x577 LUDDENHAM LASS F 3 Jeff Englebrecht
28 1776214×6 LUVALUVA (NZ) F 3 John Sargent 83
29 44 MADAME MARKIEVICZ (NZ) F 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings
30 MARCELLINA (NZ) F 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
31 63×74223 MARIA VICTORIA F 3 John Sargent
32 242x MARK TWO (NZ) F 3 Stephen Marsh
33 MILSEAIN (NZ) F 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
34 066x8405x4 MISS ADMIRATION F 3 Mick Price
35 8221×352 MISS KYEEMA F 3 Kris Lees 56
36 52402×221 MISS LILLIAN F 3 Mark Young
37 21×673 MISSYBEEL (NZ) F 3 Bjorn Baker 63
38 4 NAIVASHA F 3 Nigel Blackiston
39 9x41199x31 PANDEMONIUM F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 71
40 78x579x1 PLAY THAT SONG F 3 Michael Moroney
41 2×956 REALITY SHOW F 3 Nigel Blackiston
42 2×314 RIDICULE F 3 Brad Widdup 68
43 x221237x13 RIMRAAM (NZ) F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 86
44 14 ROLL OF THUNDER F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
45 9371121331 SAVVY COUP (NZ) F 3 Michael Pitman
46 36x557x136 SEANNIE F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 78
47 2×41 SEMARI (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
48 33×57 SEMPER FIDELIS F 3 Chris Waller
49 1223 SHUMOOKH F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 84
50 6×91 SILENT ROAR F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
51 3x SWING NOTE F 3 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
52 148 TERRA SANCTA (NZ) F 3 Tony Pike
53 8×22 THE PROMISE F 3 John P Thompson
54 14 TO YOUR HEALTH F 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings 62
55 43x3253x27 TOUCH OF MINK F 3 Matthew Smith 66
56 54319 TREASURE (NZ) F 3 Tony Pike
57 72x111x0 UNFORGOTTEN F 3 Chris Waller 78
58 7x356x1 UNION DUES (NZ) F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
59 33x82200x1 UPTOWN GAL F 3 Robbie Laing
60 71160×8 WATCHMESPIN F 3 Danny O’Brien
61 0x11x WEDGIE F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 66
62 3x4113x78x WHISPERED SECRET F 3 Kris Lees 80
63 7 WILD SEA F 3 Michael Kent
64 54x YOUNGSTAR F 3 Chris Waller

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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