2011 QLD Oaks Preview

Always seems to be a race that can produce some good mares who seem to run well in the following Spring carnival. This year we have a spread of runners from different form lines and we will have a look at some of the main chances. Divorces won well two starts back and was then beaten by the NZ visitor here in Scarlett Lady. Most punters are saying she can’t beat her this time either but I wouldn’t be so quick to write her off. Snowden is on fire and Retrieve was in the same boat coming into the Derby and although he didn’t win he did put up a big fight. Fibrilation comes through a different form line. She beat the older horses last start over 1800m in a BM80 at Rosehill. The Verminator has since won as has Yulalona who will run in the Derby. She rocketed home and is flying. Not worried about the step up in distance as she has plenty of miles in the legs this campaign. Scarlett Lady is a NZ visitor who was certainly very impressive when debuting here. She was mid field all of the way and let down with a big run to win by just under a length. I am sure Rogerson has a little more improvement left in her and the NZ 3yos can never be left out of our staying races. Fillydelphia ran very well against the boy’s last start when beaten less than a length. She did a little more than usual early from a poor gate to get across and lacked her turn of foot in closing. I think she can stay but she needs to bludge throughout to really finish off. She brained the boys the start prior also. Heidilicious didn’t have the best of luck last start. Considering she drew 16 of 16, mucked up the start and was blocked for a run and still got within 3 lengths is a positive. Worth noting she had also missed a run in Melbourne due to the wet tracks and was 1600 to 2020 off a 20 day break. She is going to improve lots from that run but will again need luck from a wide gate. Early selections: 1. Fibrilation 2. Scarlett Lady 3. Fillydelphia 4. Heidilicious 5. Divorces