Crown Oaks Runner by Runner Analysis
By Stephen Wong
Our international handicapper Stephen Wong has provided runner by runner analysis to consider before playing the 2015 Crown Oaks. Post time is 11:40 AM Eastern . We thank Stephen for his research and analysis and you can follow him on Twitter @Sw064351.
CROWN OAKS – RUNNER BY RUNNER
Kept grinding to line in the Vase and while the distance is a query she’s the lone Group 1 winner in the race and must be respected with the sting out of the ground.
Didn’t have much luck in the Thousand Guineas when covering a stack of ground but she followed that up with a strong on-pace win, beating subsequent Victoria Derby winner Tarzino.
Ran down Caulfield Guineas runner-up Lizard Island last time for an impressive win in the Norman Robinson. Rate highly.
Half-sister to champion Pierro who thrashed her rivals in the Wakeful. Seeking to be the fourth filly to complete the Wakeful-Oaks double in the last seven years.
Racing well this preparation. Just missed behind Speak Fondly in the Flight Stakes before beating subsequent Wakeful winner Ambience home in the Ethereal. Include among the better prospects.
Scratched (vet cert required before next start).
The Grey Flash
Struggling for form at present and on pedigree she’s a question mark at the distance.
Worked to the line nicely in the Wakeful and the rise in trip should suit. Rough place hope.
Kept on in the closing stages of the Wakeful after beginning awkwardly. Needs to improve sharply to be competitive here.
Was held up rounding the turn in the Wakeful but she still made up ground in the worst part of the track once clear. Each-way claims.
Drops back to fillies’ grade after a sound effort in the Geelong Classic but the form from the race didn’t hold up with the first three finishing fifth, thirteenth and fourteenth in the Victoria Derby last Saturday.
Had excuses in her last few as she was trapped wide in the Wakeful and was held up in the Ethereal but she’s still a maiden after eight starts.
3 Sacred Eye
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