The final two-year-old Stakes race of the season looks set to be a cracking race with some future stars of the track set to step out for the last time before they turn three next month.
Some quality horses came out of last year’s Oaklands Plate which was won by the David Brideoake trained Terry. Leading the pack from last year’s crop is Tony McEvoy’s Group 2 Edward Manifold winner and VRC Oaks Runner up Bring Me Roses, along with Stakes winner Silent Command and Stakes placed Lady of Crebilly and Fancy Rumble.
McEvoy will have a strong hand in Saturday’s feature with three runners in Unfair Dismissal, Crockett and First Diamond. His colt Unfair Dismissal is set to do battle again with the Lindsay Park trained Poised to Strike. The pair have both claimed one race each in their last two contests against each other. Poised to Strike was too good last time out but carried 3.5kgs less than Unfair Dismissal however on Saturday they will line up on even weights.
McEvoy’s filly First Diamond will be looking for a hat trick of wins on Saturday after claiming her last two wins at Balaklava and Gawler. While this will be a tougher test, the filly looks very promising and jockey Jason Holder will look to remain undefeated aboard the two-year-old.
The Stakes placed Crockett returns to the scene of his maiden win; a win which sent him on a Magic Millions path up north where he ran second behind the classy Ef Troop before finishing down the field in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast. The gelding hasn’t been far off a win in his last two starts back from a spell and will have the services of Jamie Kah who has chosen to stick with Crockett over McEvoy’s other two runners.
Matt Cumani’s Anthemoessa also contested this year’s Gold Cost Magic Millions 2YO Classic where the filly finished ninth behind the ultra-impressive Sunlight. The filly broke her maiden last start at Wangaratta and could be one to go on with it after notching up her first win.
Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne returns to Adelaide to ride the horse she also trains in The Mailman. The gelding was 2.3 lengths off the classy Thorondor last Saturday and any form around that horse, looks to be good form at the present time and could be one to surprise at odds.
Race 3 - Listed Oaklands Plate UBET Market
Poised to Strike - $2.80
Unfair Dismissal, Anthemoessa - $5
Crocket - $5.50
First Diamond - $9
Others - $15+
Photograph by Terry Hann - Atkins Photography.