The 2016 WA Oaks is a Group 3 race held during March at Ascot Racecourse in Perth, Western Australia. It is a race specifically for three year old fillies under set weight conditions.
The event is contested across a trip of 2400m and worth a hefty quarter of a million dollars in prize money.
Like all Oaks events the WA Oaks is the supreme test for fillies over a longer trip.
This will be the first time they are stretched out to this kind of distance and many will find the grade too tough.
Being rated at Group 3 level the quality is obviously less than that of the Crown Oaks or AJC Oaks but don’t be surprised to see it lifted to Group 2 status in the near future, especially given the big prize money on offer.
Look for horses that were strong through the line in their lead up events and those with the pedigree to go the trip.
The Natasha Stakes over 2200m is the best form guide, its winners have gone on to win the WA Oaks as well in 2008 with Grand Journey, 2010 with Impressive Journey and 2011 with Dreamaway.
The best horses in this race may even continue on to face the boys in the Group 2 WA Derby in April.
The fillies actually have a good record there as well with Grand Journey in 2008 and Dreamaway in 2011 both claiming the triple crown.
Other winners of the WA Oaks include Old Money in 2000, Fatal Attraction in 2004 and Cassandra Shadow in 2009.
WA Oaks Winners & Results
Winners and placers in the WA Oaks since 2000 with winning times.
|2016||1 First Impressions||2 Arcadia Dream||3 Culverin||2:35.4|
|2015||1 TBD||2 TBD||3 TBD||TBD|
|2014||1 Balmont Girl||2 Real Love||3 Real Charm||2:31.1|
|2013||1 Moreish||2 Summah’s Touch||3 Pants On Friar||2:32.7|
|2012||1 Pop Culture||2 The Social Network||3 Elite Belle||2:32.4|
|2011||1 Dreamaway||2 Why She Left||3 Ladysea||2:30.0|
|2010||1 Impressive Jeuney||2 Broccoletta||3 Tropical Fury||2:30.9|
|2009||1 Cassandra Shadow||2 Admiring||3 Brava Fortune||2:30.2|
|2008||1 Grand Journey||2 Star Encounter||3 My Becks||2:28.7|
|2007||1 Westerly Breeze||2 Dante’s Cash||3 Celt Code||2:28.7|
|2006||1 Moodometer||2 Imaginaire||3 Black Amber||2:32.3|
|2005||1 Royal Drive||2 Lust For Dust||3 Hello Doctor||2:33.8|
|2004||1 Fatal Attraction||2 Pennywest||3 Amica Bella||2:30.1|
|2003||1 Superior Star||2 Crimson Sakura||3 Island Temptress||2:35.3|
|2002||1 Honor Lap||2 Storm Fille||3 Danni’s Crystal||2:32.7|
|2001||1 Not Held||2||3|
|2000||1 Old Money||2 Play The Whistle||3 Kalatiara||2:30.3|