Sheidel Is The 2017 Oakleigh Plate Winner

February 25th, 2017

Sheidel showed outstanding speed and toughness to claim a maiden win at Group 1 level in the 2017 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on Saturday.

Sheidel fought off Faatinah to take out the 2017 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield this afternoon. Photo by: Ultimate Racing Photos

Sheidel fought off Faatinah to take out the 2017 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield this afternoon. Photo by: Ultimate Racing Photos

Sheidel and Faatinah set a very quick tempo in the early stages of the Oakleigh Plate and from very early on in the race it was clear that the duo would fight out the finish.

Faatinah got his nose in front of Sheidel at the 200 metre mark and looked as though he was finishing better than his rival, but she fought back in the final stages to record a well-deserved win at the highest level of racing.

Jockey Joao Moreira was having his second race ride on Sheidel after steering her to victory at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day and he was delighted to win a Group 1 on the speedy mare.

“She is amazing,” Moreira said.

“She jumped out so far in front of the others and she was straight on to the bridle.

“She was nice and relaxed and she was tested at the top of the straight, but she didn’t let me down.

“She has proved that she is the real deal.

“Faatinah got a neck in front, but that proves that she has a big heat and she just kept on attacking the line.”

Sheidel and Faatinah will both head to the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) in a fortnight before Sheidel likely heads to Adelaide for the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m).

2017 Oakleigh Plate Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 5 SHEIDEL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 3 53kg $8
2 7 FAATINAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ben Allen (a) 1L 7 52.5kg $41
3 3 EXTREME CHOICE Mick Price Craig Newitt 1.1L 9 54kg $3.70F
4 10 HELLBENT Darren Weir Damian Lane 1.6L 13 52kg $6
5 11 MISS PROMISCUITY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ms Katelyn Mallyon 3.35L 12 52kg $101
6 2 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Damien Oliver 3.55L 8 56kg $9.50
7 15 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Craig Williams 3.75L 16 50kg $9.50
8 12 OCEAN EMBERS Shea Eden Jason Benbow 3.95L 17 52kg $18
8 4 KAEPERNICK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Kerrin McEvoy 3.95L 15 53kg $11
10 1 FLAMBERGE Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 4.95L 6 58kg $21
11 18 GUARD OF HONOUR Kris Lees Ben E Thompson (a) 5.05L 14 50kg $31
12 14 SHAKESPEAREAN LASS Pat Carey Ms Michelle Payne 5.15L 4 52kg $151
13 16 EL DIVINO Darren Weir Dean Yendall 5.25L 2 50kg $21
14 6 THERMAL CURRENT Darren Weir Dwayne Dunn 5.35L 11 53kg $41
15 13 READY SUNSHINE Ryan Balfour Michael Dee 6.85L 10 52kg $201
16 9 AEGEAN SEA Clarry Conners Beau Mertens (a) 10.35L 5 52kg $301
17 8 WILD RAIN Mark Kavanagh Stephen Baster 10.45L 1 52.5kg $41