2020 Australian Oaks - strong betting push for classy filly Verry Elleegant

Verry Elleegant is the top pick for the Oaks
Australian Oaks Tips and Predictions
The Australian Oaks is a feature on Day 2 of The Championships. (credit: Getty Images)

2020 Australian Oaks Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

DateSaturday April 12, 2020
Time2:25pm AEST
StatusGroup 1
ConditionsSet Weights
Prize Money$1 million
Age3YO fillies

Featuring a full field of Australia and New Zealand's best staying three-year-old fillies, the Australian Oaks is a popular betting race and there are usually big bets placed with bookmakers.

Run on the second day of The Championships, the Australian Oaks features a big field of staying talent and the winner typically goes on to compete in bigger races during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Veery Elleegant has the best form coming into the Oaks and is the deserved favourite for the $1 million staying feature.

2020 Australian Oaks field, barrier & odds

1Verry Elleegant121.60
3Frankely Awesome45.50
4Imelda Mary234.00
7Scarlet Dream117.00
11Romani Girl1067.00
12Mrs Madrid1181.00
13Bye Bye Belle1467.00
14Miss Moana791.00
15Happy Every Day6151.00

2020 Australian Oaks Best Bet - Verry Elleegant @ 2.00

New Zealand filly Veery Elleegant doesn't have the most economical galloping action, but she has some serious ability and has the goods to win the Oaks by a big margin.

Trained by Chris Waller, the daughter of Zed comes into this having won the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes only a week prior and she scored that by 1.8 lengths pulling away. Prior to that she won the Phar Lap Stakes by 3.5 lengths.

It doesn't matter what condition the track is in, Verry Elleegant will remain the top pick and she will likely start as the odds-on elect with bookmakers.

Verry Elleegant
Verry Elleegant wins the Vinery Stud Stakes. (Getty Images)

2020 Australian Oaks Best Each Way - Frankely Awesome @ 5.50

The Kris Lees-trained filly is a touch short in the betting at 5.50 but she did battle on well for second behind Verry Elleegant in the Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill.

A daughter of Frankel, the three-year-old has yet to win from four starts this campaign but the rise in distances was always going to help her chances and she looks a good chance at the grand final here.

If conditions stay wet and they likely will be, Frankely Awesome looms as a winning threat.

2020 Australian Oaks Best Roughie - Aristia @ 8.00

Victorian Oaks-performed filly which has been running well of late, despite being beaten soundly by the favourite.

She will appreciate the rise in distance and given her winning experience at this trip, she must be considered.

Best Bet: Verry Elleegant - 2.00 @ bet365
Best Each Way: Frankely Awesome - 5.50 @ bet365
Best Roughie: Aristia - 8.00 @ bet365
Daryl Curnow 14 April 2019

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