queensland oaks

The Queensland Oaks is Group 1 set-weights race for three-year-old fillies over 2200 metres, held at Eagle Farm Racecourse during Brisbane’s Winter Carnival. Total prizemoney for the Queensland Oaks is $700,000. While not as high profile as the VRC Oaks or the Australian Oaks, the race is the highlight of the winter carnival for three-year-old fillies.

Read on for the full preview and tips for the 2022 Queensland Oaks from expert punter Alfie.

Queensland Oaks: Alfie’s preview

Speed The pace should be above average. Gin Martini and Nyota will lead with Barb Raider sitting behind them. Pike has a big decision to make on Gypsy Goddess… I think he pushes forward and settles midfield. Belle Savoir may get a chance to follow Gypsy Goddess.

Runner-by-runner

Prices courtesy of TopSport at time of publication.

2 Gypsy Goddess [$4.20] is drawn the carpark and Pike has some early decisions to make. She’s been knocking on the door to win a good race and this is her chance.

12 Aravene [$4.20] has a different formline to most here, coming back from the wet Sydney tracks. She has the ratings, but does she have the turn of foot that Gypsy Goddess and Belle Savoir do?

1 Barb Raider [$7] scored a tough win last week, but will the speed be a little hotter this week? She’ll give them something to chase and will certainly look the winner at some point.

11 Belle Savoir [$9] is a talented horse who has been building this prep. She ran the best rated last 400m and last 200m of the day last week. A big chance for mine.

3 Glint Of Hope [$13] is a Group 1 winner, with her last start winning the Australasian Oaks in Adelaide. She’s a big chance if this was always the plan for her and not just an afterthought.

6 Honeycreeper [$13] has an interesting preparation, coming in to this with 56 days between runs. We’ll have to trust the blue camp to know what they’re doing. Did she simply need the break off some taxing wet runs in autumn?

9 Dynasties [$17] has slogged through three heavy tracks in a row… will that take it out of her?. J Mac was aboard for her last win and that’s a good lead.

16 Le Villi [$18] made good ground late last start, but will need to outsprint Belle Savoir and Gypsy Goddess to win this, which will be a task.

14 Smirk [$21] has been building with each start and is on the quick back-up. Is this a Waller grand final? J Mac off is a negative, but there will be worse 20/1 shots running around on Saturday.

4 Biscayne Bay [$21] has big time trainers and a big time jockey. Would never rule them out, but she would need to improve.

7 Gin Martini [$26] will lead them out and be the one they will all be chasing. Think they will run her down.

10 Verona [$26] doesn’t have a jockey named yet, so it will be interesting to see.

15 Teranga [$41] would need to improve four lengths to trouble the top chances here.

A big field here with a reasonably long tail, I don’t give the rest much hope – it would be a huge upset if any of these won: 8 Festival Dancer [$81], 17 Rosie Impact [$101], 18 Nom De Plume [$101], 19 Cupids Kiss [$101], 20 Nyota [$81], 21 Pioneer Lass [$101], 22 Chayse N Tanya [$151], 23 Savagal [$101].

Betting strategy

Best Bet Belle Savoir

Roughie Smirk

I have Gypsy Goddess on top but the big question is around where she settles in the run and I’m happy to bet around her.

I think Belle Savoir has been building to this and I love Nick Ryan as a trainer, she is slightly over the odds at present.

If you were looking at a roughie I would be tempted to throw in Smirk.

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