Capacity Field Confirmed for 2015 Oakleigh Plate

February 25th, 2015

A capacity field of 18 has been confirmed for Saturday’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield Racecourse, highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of Australian racing.

Earthquake is one of three three-year-olds confirmed in the 2015 Oakleigh Plate final field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Earthquake is one of three three-year-olds confirmed in the 2015 Oakleigh Plate final field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Charged with carrying a race-high 58kgs, Bel Sprinter will need to find an extra gear if to overcome the wide and awkward barrier 18 in the 2015 Oakleigh Plate.

A standout performer over the 2013 edition of the Autumn Carnival, Bel Sprinter returned to racing for an impressive victory in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m); progressing to a credible third behind equine superstar Black Caviar in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) before a trip abroad heralded an impressive second to Lucky Nine in the Group 1 International Sprint (1200m) in Singapore.

While unable to make much of a competitive run through the 2014 Autumn Carnival, the son of Bel Esprit returned in good form in spring; winning the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) first-up before claiming mid-pack finishes in the Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

Three-year-olds are treated particularly well in the weights in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate, and in 2015 will see Earthquake, Eloping and Nostradamus charged with just 50.5kgs.

The standout two-year-olds through the 2014 autumn, Earthquake charged home to win the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude F (1100m) first-up; overcoming the wide and awkward barrier 14 to take out the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) a fortnight later.

Continuing her perfect career start through the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m), the Exceed And Excel filly did not handle the soft, rain-soaked track during the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m), but did manage an impressive second.

While unable to reach similar condition over spring, Earthquake has reportedly worked well in the lead-up to the 2015 Oakleigh Plate and is a great chance for success.

Brave filly Eloping posted several impressive results over 2014, and while only managing seventh in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) first-up, is sure to take priceless condition from the hit-out.

Claiming six wins and three minor places from her 14 starts, Eloping returned to racing for third in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m); progressing to consecutive victories in the Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m) and Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m).

Placing a credible sixth in the major Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on November 1st, the daughter of Choisir returned to the paddock following a close run for second in the Group 3 Mumm Stakes (1100m) on Crown Oaks Day.

Stamping his claims as one to watch when comfortably taking out the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) upon resuming in spring, Nostradamus was unlucky to be blocked for a run and seventh in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) on August 30th, but responded well when placing a credible fifth in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).

Placing a close second in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) on October fourth, the son of Medaglia D’Oro had clear had enough when beating only three runners home in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

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2015 Oakleigh Plate Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 94800x167x BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren Ben Melham 18 58kg 108
2 1x107643x2 FLAMBERGE Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 17 55.5kg 103
3 4673667121 IT IS WRITTEN Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 5 55kg 102
4 85x14131x3 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 16 54kg 100
5 15x43333x1 SHAMAL WIND Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 15 54kg 104
6 x46114441x VAIN QUEEN John Sadler Damian Lane 10 54kg 104
7 21144×4227 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing Stephen Baster 7 53kg 98
8 12110x507x SISTINE DEMON Andrew Noblet Ms Michelle Payne 9 53kg 98
9 2147x2208x A TIME FOR JULIA Peter G Moody Glen Boss 3 52.5kg 101
10 11x63311x3 ATMOSPHERICAL David Pfieffer Craig Williams 4 52.5kg 96
11 x4729340x5 GENERAL JACKSON Pat Carey 13 52.5kg 81
12 0x46x5229x I’M ALL THE TALK Gary Portelli Ms Winona Costin (a) 8 52.5kg 97
13 205x12497x ICONIC Tony McEvoy Chris Parnham (a) 1 52.5kg 97
14 184313212x UNDER THE LOUVRE Robert Smerdon Daniel Moor 12 52.5kg 97
15 1x558x65x5 WHITTINGTON John P Thompson Dean Yendall 2 52.5kg 93
16 1112x3318x EARTHQUAKE John O’Shea Chad Schofield 11 50.5kg 103
17 14x31162x7 ELOPING Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 6 50.5kg 92
18 147x17520x NOSTRADAMUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Patrick Moloney (a) 14 50.5kg 86