2017 Oakleigh Plate Final Field & Barrier Draw

February 22nd, 2017

Eighteen sprinters have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s featured 2017 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of racing.

Fell Swoop has been confirmed in the 2017 Oakleigh Plate final field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Fell Swoop has been confirmed in the 2017 Oakleigh Plate final field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Extreme Choice is yet to be seen at the races in 2017 but will make his long-awaited return on Saturday, after being confirmed in the 2017 Oakleigh Plate final field.

Extreme Choice has been a standout performer for Mick Price through the last twelve months and broke through for his maiden win at the highest level at this raceday, when triumphant in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

Having returned to the paddock after finishing mid-pack in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m), the Not A Single Doubt colt resumed in spring for a standout win in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) amongst open company on September 30th.

Last seen working to the line for fifth in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), Extreme Choice will relish the conditions of the Oakleigh Plate first-up and will jump from barrier 9, with regular hoop Craig Newitt in the saddle.

Reigning champion Flamberge has been confirmed in the Oakleigh Plate field, but has been charged with overcoming a race-high 58kgs in the featured sprint.

A three-time winner at the highest level, Flamberge was undoubtedly at his best last autumn; progressing from his impressive Oakleigh Plate win to an equally-tough triumph in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m).

The Exceed And Excel gelding has returned to racing in typically smart form this time; running fourth in each of the Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) and Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) so far.

Fell Swoop is unlucky not to have broken through for a maiden win at the highest level, but the gelding has drawn ideally into the Oakleigh Plate field in barrier 8 and will be partnered by champion hoop Damien Oliver.

Finishing an agonizingly-close second to Flamberge in last year’s Oakleigh Plate, the son of Not A Single Doubt continued to impress in running fourth in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) and second in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) most notably in autumn.

Resuming in spring for third in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m), Fell Swoop stormed home to finish second in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) before running a handy third in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) last time out on November 5th.

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2017 Oakleigh Plate Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1100x98x44 FLAMBERGE Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 6 58kg 112
2 42156x323x FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Damien Oliver 8 56kg 108
3 1118x15x EXTREME CHOICE Mick Price Craig Newitt 9 54kg 110
4 0x10x3021x KAEPERNICK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Kerrin McEvoy 16 53kg 102
5 27x421152x SHEIDEL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 3 53kg 106
6 450170×911 THERMAL CURRENT Darren Weir Dwayne Dunn 11 53kg 102
7 15x16225x7 FAATINAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ben Allen (a) 7 52.5kg 101
8 26x11352x6 WILD RAIN Mark Kavanagh Stephen Baster 1 52.5kg 105
9 76x1225x58 AEGEAN SEA Clarry Conners Beau Mertens (a) 5 52kg 84
10 0x10113x34 HELLBENT Darren Weir Damian Lane 13 52kg 97
11 1L0x55402x MISS PROMISCUITY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ms Katelyn Mallyon 12 52kg 99
12 x121140x81 OCEAN EMBERS Shea Eden Jason Benbow 18 52kg 98
13 743×415834 READY SUNSHINE Ryan Balfour Michael Dee 10 52kg 75
14 60x869x102 SHAKESPEAREAN LASS Pat Carey Ms Michelle Payne 4 52kg 94
15 1x154231x2 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Craig Williams 17 50kg 105
16 11x477x25 EL DIVINO Darren Weir Dean Yendall 2 50kg 89
17 9x1x66735x MISSROCK Robbie Laing Dean Holland 14 50kg 81
18 6x1x14x32 GUARD OF HONOUR Kris Lees Ben E Thompson (a) 15 50kg 79