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Australian Oaks 2023 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

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Last updated: 06 Apr 2023
Alex Marsh 06 Apr 2023
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  • The Australian Oaks is the first of four Group 1's run on day two of The Championships
  • Worth $1 million, this major is contested over 2400m at Randwick
  • The 2023 edition will be run on Saturday, April 8
  • Preview & tips are included below
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Australian Oaks Tips
Arts backs-up in the Australian Oaks following an impressive win in the Adrian Knox Stakes. (Getty)
 

The Australian Oaks is the first of four Group 1's on day two of The Championships from Royal Randwick.
  • Australian Oaks 2023 Field & Odds
  • Australian Oaks 2023 Tips
  • Australian Oaks FAQs

Famous winners of this 2400m feature include include Flight, Wenona Girl, Light Fingers, Leilani, Surround and more recently, Verry Elleegant in 2019.

At $3.20 with TopSport, Pavitra is the favourite for the 2023 Australian Oaks.

Australian Oaks 2023 Field & Odds


No.
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Barrier
Weight
Odds
1Pennyweka (NZ)Jim WallaceBrenton Avdulla1156kg$6.50
2PavitraRichard & Will FreedmanJames McDonald 256kg $3.20
3FireburnCiaron Maher & David Eustace Tyler Schiller (a)456kg $6.50
4Polygon (NZ)Lance NobleBrett Prebble556kg $12
5ArtsEdward CummingsHugh Bowman 1056kg $8.50
6PierossaPeter & Paul SnowdenSam Clipperton756kg $11
7Soul ChoiceGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark156kg $16
8So Dazzling (NZ)John SargentJoao Moreira1556kg $34
9Byron BelleJohn Sargent Kerrin McEvoy 856kg $26
10Premis (NZ)John O'SheaTom Marquand656kg $19
11Mountain Guest
John Sargent John Allen956kg $31
12Frankie's Me DadCiaron Maher & David Eustace Brenton Avdulla 356kg $71
13JoltedJohn Sargent Tom Sherry1456kg $34
14Stormy WitnessDanny WilliamsRobbie Dolan1256kg $151
15Fay's AngelsKaren OwenReece Jones (a)1356kg $151
Odds courtesy of TopSport & correct at 5.45pm on 05/04/2023.

Australian Oaks 2023 Tips

2023 Australian Oaks Best Bet - Pennyweka

The last galloper to record a New Zealand Oaks/Australian Oaks double was Bonneval and this set-up isn't dissimilar from the 2017 Australian Oaks winner.

Trainer Jim Wallace has spaced out the campaign nicely for Pennyweka, with freshen-up's installed either side of a two-run summer stint in Jan.

Over a testing 2400m at Trentham, a big circuit with an uphill climb in the run home, she took out the New Zealand Oaks by three lengths on soft ground.

A proven stayer that should still have something in the locker given she's only had had two autumn runs, this three-year-old also handles all surfaces.


2023 Australian Oaks Next Best Bet - Polygon

This kiwi has followed a different path to Pennyweka, with the Lance Noble-trained filly set for a New South Wales prep, rather than a hit-and-run mission.

The betting drift told the story first-up in the Kembla Grange Classic, Polygon was still okay over the mile, but was clearly in need of the run there.

With another cold ride, she was one of the strongest through the line from the off-speed brigade in the Vinery Stud Stakes, which is the key lead-up race.

From barrier five, Brett Prebble can settle closer this time and although firmer ground may be preferable, there's a sense of timing here third-up.


2023 Australian Oaks Value Bet - Jolted

Regardless off the lead-up form, you have to respect any John Sargent filly when it comes an Oaks, especially the genuine out-and-out staying types.

By Deep Impact and out of Abbey Marie, a classy Mick Kent galloper that won the 2016 Australasian Oaks, Jolted will have no issue with 2400m.

With a solid fitness base, this filly stepped to the 2100m last start and broke her maiden at Newcastle, where she was four weeks between runs.

There's an obvious query on her class, hence the quote, although with this distance in mind, there wasn't much seperating these from the Vinery.

Australian Oaks FAQs

When is the 2023 Australian Oaks?

The 2023 Australian Oaks is scheduled to run on Saturday, April 8 at 2.35pm (AEST).

It will run as Race 6 on the Randwick meeting.

What distance is the Australian Oaks?

The Australian Oaks is run over a distance of 2400 metres.

Who won the 2022 Australian Oaks?

El Patroness won the 2022 Australian Oaks.

What is the Australian Oaks worth?

The Australian Oaks is worth a total of $1,000,000.

$580,000 of that goes to the winner.

                                                                     

Verdict

It's a very competitive Australian Oaks, where we'll spread small bets out among Pennyweka, Polygon (e/w) & Jolted (e/w).

Best Bet: Pennyweka To Win @11/2 at Topsport - 2 Units
Next Best Bet: Polygon Each Way @11/1 at Topsport - 2 Units
Value Bet: Jolted Each Way @33/1 at Topsport - 1 Unit
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