2018 SA Oaks & SA Derby - Box Draws Written by: racing
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Last night at Angle Park it was a super night of racing with both the Coffex Coffee SA Oaks heats and BGC Industrial Cleaning Supplies SA Derby heats conducted on the same night and what a night of racing it was.


There were three heats of the SA Oaks with three fantastic races. The first heat was won in good fashion by My American Girl for Victorian trainer Ashlee Terry which lead throughout running a quick 29.74 (splits 4.38/16.77). She defeated Agent Thirteen and Oakvale Magic which raced 2nd and 3rd for the event.


The second Oaks heat was won impressively by Often Imitated for Brad Greenough which speared across from box 8 to lead easily.  She was never headed and recorded a brilliant 29.59 for the 515m journey with splits of 4.33/16.66. She defeated Ash Star which was strong in running second and making ground on the leader with Reiko Rocketta holding down third for most of the race.


The final heat was taken out by Shima Breeze for leading local trainer Tony Rasmussen in a handy 30.12 (4.44/17.16). She had to come from behind in a solid performance to defeat Alicante Bouchet grabbing her in the shadows of the post. Weblec Nic ran home hard from the tail into third spot after finding trouble early.


The box draw suggests it will be a match race between the bookends of impressive heat winners Often Imitated and My American Girl however the race is full of quality and an upset could easily occur.


The $35,000 Group Three Final will be run next Thursday night 20th September. It will be race 6 on the program and is listed to jump at 8.25pm (SA time).


The Final field in Box Draw order is:

1.  Often Imitated                          Brad Greenough (Vic)

2.  Oakvale Magic                         Jeff Britton (Vic)

3.  Ash Star                                        Marcus Lloyd (Vic)

4.  Shima Breeze                            Tony Rasmussen (SA)

5.  Reiko Rocketta                       Troy Murray (SA)

6.  Alicante Bouchet                   Ben Rawlings (SA)

7.  Agent Thirteen                        Ben Rawlings (SA)

8.  My American Girl                   Ashlee Terry (Vic)

9.  Weblec Nic (1st Res)                  Jeff Britton (Vic)

10.Data Queen (2nd Res)            Brodie Jessup (SA)



There were also three superb SA Derby heats where some of the best young chasers took centre stage and Angle Park and didn’t let anyone down.


The first heat set the scene for a fantastic series when Nervous An Weird for Ashlee Terry sizzled around the Angle Park loam in a flying 29.59 in leading throughout. He ran splits of 4.43/16.71 in defeating Spring Bridge which never gave up the chase and Fab Reiko which ran home hard from midfield.


The second heat saw Grey Ghost for Jeff Britton continue on his winning way after he was able to chase down early leader Victa Caleb turning for home. He ran a super 29.64 with splits of 4.52/16.90 in defeating Aston Kimetto who was just as impressive coming from of the speed and charging into second while Victa Caleb held on well for third.


The final heat saw South East trained Smart Knocka for Tracie Price upset his more fancied rivals after he was able to lead most of the way for a brilliant victory. He ran a slick 29.64 with splits of 4.38/16.66 in defeating Victa Ashley and Crackerjack Skip. Race favourites Blue Shadows and Beckham were both put out of business early after finding trouble.


The box draw has even up this contest with a host of winning chances and will surely be a race not to be missed next week.


The $35,000 Group Three Final will be run next Thursday night 20th September. It will be race 8 on the program and is listed to jump at 9.10pm (SA time).


The Final field in Box Draw order is:

1.  Smart Knocka                           Tracie Price (SA)

2.  Nervous An Weird                     Ashlee Terry (Vic)

3.  Victa Ashley                               Mike Giniotis (SA)

4.  Grey Ghost                                 Jeff Britton (Vic)

5.  Spring Bridge                           Greg Board (SA)

6.  Aston Kimetto                            Seona Thompson (Vic)

7.  Victa Caleb                                 Mike Giniotis (SA)

8.  Fab Reiko                         Seona Thompson (Vic)

9.  Crackerjack Skip (1st Res)       Jeff Britton (Vic)

10.Shimando (2nd Res)                  Tony Rasmussen (SA)