31 Oakleigh Plate 2016 Nominations Released

February 22nd, 2016

Thirty-one classy sprinters make up the early nominations taken for the 2016 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday, February 27, in Melbourne.


Rubiton Stakes winning filly Heatherly is on track for a Group 1 run in the 2016 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield this Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

One of three elite levels on the Blue Diamond Stakes Day card this weekend, the $500,000 Group 1 Clamms Seafood Oakleigh Plate (1100m) is the sprint feature on the line-up.

Two female gallopers are battling for top spot in pre-field Oakleigh Plate betting this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival with three-year-old Heatherly and five-year-old Bounding dominating the odds.

Prepared by Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra, Lonhro filly Heatherly is looking to become the first filly to take out the Oakleigh Plate since Miss Kournikova (2001).

She comes off three straight wins this time in, including the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield a fortnight ago where she enjoyed an all-too-easy five and a half-length victory.

She is now two from three over Saturday’s distance and shooting for the Rubiton Stakes – Oakleigh Plate double Lankan Rupee (2014) took out two years ago.

Bounding is trained by Peter & Paul Snowden and returns to racing on the weekend after a good spring campaign.

The five-year-old daughter of Lonhro’s last Caulfield run was a four length win over Rich Enuff in the Group 3 The Heath 1100 and she was last seen crossing third to Catkins in the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) in Sydney last September.

Bounding flies fresh proven by her stellar first-up record (6-4-2-0) that she will be out to add to on Saturday following a blistering five and a half-length trial win at Randwick over 837m on February 19.

Team Snowden also have Dothraki nominated to resume in the Oakleigh Plate field this weekend, the Mossman gelding another recent Sydney trial winner who is yet to run at Caulfield.

The last three-year-old Oakleigh Plate winner was Starspangledbanner (2010) and along with Heatherly there are a number of other youngsters well fancied to break the six-year drought with success on Saturday.

The other early picks of the three-year-old Oakleigh Plate contingent include Keen Array, Secret Agenda and Kinglike.

David Hayes & Tom Dabernig trained Bel Esprit gelding Keen Array who won the Listed Blue Sapphire (1200m) at Caulfield in mid-October before his good second to last weekend’s Black Caviar Lighting third placegetter Japonisme in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) during Flemington’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Secret Agenda is a three-year-old daughter of Not A Single Doubt trained locally by Mick Price who prepared Lankan Rupee for his 2014 Oakleigh Plate win, while Kinglike is a Group 2 winning Exceed And Excel colt trained by Peter Moody.

Black Heart Bart is another interesting Oakleigh Plate nomination in 2016, Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir taking over the former WA-trained son of Blackfriars.

To date Black Heart Bart has won 10 of his 26 starts, his only run outside of Perth being a dead last in the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane.

He was last seen running second to Delicacy in Ascot’s Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) in December.

Other notable Oakleigh Plate hopefuls include Atmospherical for last year’s winning trainer Robert Smerdon, Hawkes Racing’s recent Kensington Stakes winning colt Headwater and third in the same Flemington lead-up The Quarterback.

Full Oakleigh Plate 2016 nominations are in the table below, the final field of acceptances out on Wednesday.

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2016 Oakleigh Plate Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – Saturday February 27, 2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 983x5080x7 ATMOSPHERICAL M 5 Robert Smerdon 95
2 40x111492x BLACK HEART BART G 5 Darren Weir 106
3 12x202x13x BOUNDING M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 108
4 x2497x380x BRING ME THE MAID M 4 Peter G Moody 98
5 222113247x CASHED G 4 Ryan Balfour 88
6 23x815x13x DOTHRAKI G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 106
7 215x5311x6 ECLAIR CHOICE G 4 Phillip Stokes 105
8 45x557143x FAST ’N’ ROCKING G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 106
9 111x41111x FELL SWOOP G 4 Matthew Dale 99
10 2301x2617x FLAMBERGE G 6 Peter G Moody 109
11 x421419053 GRANE G 6 Robbie Griffiths 90
12 326x73082x GREGERS M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 103
13 2x9932587x GRIANTE M 5 David Brideoake 100
14 135x7948x1 HEADWATER C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 96
15 152×23111 HEATHERLY F 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 103
16 0x9835x059 IT IS WRITTEN G 7 Robbie Griffiths 96
17 40x112112x KEEN ARRAY G 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 96
18 21x16x KINGLIKE C 3 Peter G Moody 89
19 813x8375x5 KURO (NZ) H 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 99
20 227042270x LORD OF THE SKY H 5 Robbie Laing 105
21 31787x461x PITTSBURGH FLYER M 4 Lee & Shannon Hope 98
22 140×1 PURITAN G 3 Jason Warren 82
23 3×43849279 READY SUNSHINE G 5 Ryan Balfour 71
24 683×112526 RELDAS G 5 Robert Smerdon 94
25 1x0x1221x SECRET AGENDA F 3 Mick Price 88
26 4x08119x0x SMOKIN’ JOEY G 8 Wez Hunter 106
27 19x93123x1 SWINGING ARMS G 5 Scott Trenowden 94
28 166x7621x3 THE QUARTERBACK G 5 Robbie Griffiths 98
29 230×812532 TREVINDER G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 87
30 550x43510x TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ) G 7 Robbie Laing 94
31 538x13641x VEZALAY M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 96