The New Zealand Oaks showcases the best staying fillies across the Tasman and many of these will contest the major Australian races in months to come.
The full field lines up for the $400,000 prize at Trentham and we have done the form to find our best bet, best each way and best roughie for the Saturday feature.
Be sure to shop around for the best odds this weekend and we recommend checking out new bookmaker Neds.
2018 New Zealand Oaks final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the New Zealand Oaks 2018
Savvy Coup @ $3.40 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Milseain @ $8 – BET NOW
Hasahalo @ $12 – BET NOW
New Zealand Oaks Form Guide & Tips
Hasahalo (Best Roughie – $12) – BET NOW
Guineas winner Hasahalo has plenty of class but not a lot of luck.
The Stephen McKee-trained filly was an upset winner of the Guineas at Riccarton when paying $24 to win and in three starts since she has been average, but without luck.
Poor rides and off track have contributed to her poor form line and we think she can get back to her best on a track which looks ideal.
Savvy Coup (Best Bet – $3.40) – BET NOW
Savvy Coup was simply brilliant when winning at Hastings last start and she looks to have a bright future.
The Pitman-trained daughter of Savabeel didn’t travel overly well during the run as jockey Chris Johnson was trying to restrain her, but that mattered for nothing as she quickly put pay to them in the straight.
Racing ungenerously and stepping up over ground is never a good combination but expect Johnson to let her find her feet over the 2400m and she’ll be finishing over the top of them with purpose.
Contessa Vanessa ($7) – BET NOW
The Bullbars filly was a good winner of the McKee Family Sunline Vase at Ellerslie last start but there’s a few things going agaisnt her here.
Chris Johnson jumps off her back to ride the favourite and she has drawn barrier 16. That’s going to make it tough and we’re not sure she’s a genuine staying type.
Belle Du Nord ($10) – BET NOW
Looked like a star in the making when winning by 3.8 lengths at Trentham last year but it has been slim pickings since.
Four placings from eight starts has been her go and although those races came against the likes of Age of Fire and Dijon Bleu, punters would have been expecting more.
A chance at $10.
Gold Spice ($17) – BET NOW
Scored by 1.8 lengths at Pukekohe before running second behind Contessa Vanessa at Ellerslie last start.
Still in her first preparation which isn’t going to help and she might be a better filly next campaign.
Milseain (Best Each Way – $8) – BET NOW
Owned by Australian interests, Milseain will be looking to get a black type win in New Zealand after going close at her last three starts.
The Baker/Forsman-trained daughter of Tavistock is a half-sister to Hong Kong champion Werther and she has plenty to live up to.
She had every chance to beat Savvy Coup last start but this distance suits better and she should be in the thick of the action.
Mark Two ($10) – BET NOW
Three starts for two placings and there has been some support for the Pins filly.
She ran second behind Dijon Bleu last start, which is good form moving forward and although she has yet to win a race, it’s only a matter of time.
Bred to be a handy stayer, Mark Two could easily find herself in the right part of the track in the straight and a win wouldn’t surprise us.
Marcellina ($10) – BET NOW
The daughter of Savabeel was making good ground at Ellerslie last start and she didn’t get much running room.
Trained by the Baker/Forsman team, Marcellina was an each way chance in the betting, despite having only three placings from seven starts, but she exceeded expectations.
This is much harder and although she looks like an Oaks filly, she will need to improve.
Caricature ($19) – BET NOW
Has finished first, second, third and fourth in four runs to date.
2.4 lengths behind Savvy Coup at Hastings last start as a long-shot chance at $21 and she’s paying around the same odds again here.
The rise in distance should suit and if she can find a good spot in running, she could go close.
Treasure ($10) – BET NOW
There are doubts about whether Treasure will take her part in the field but there have been big bets placed on her throughout the week.
She was no match for Savvy Coup last start but she had little luck in running. Probably wouldn’t have mattered regardless, but she does appear to be a good Oaks chance on Saturday.
Watch the market for any moves.
Blanco Belle ($51) – BET NOW
Has placed twice this campaign without looking better than average.
Will need to lift and the bookmakers have her odds spot on.
Swing Note ($17) – BET NOW
Won well enough at Riccarton earlier this campaign to suggest she could be an Oaks chance.
That was her only win from 11 starts which is a touch concerning but her run at Hastings last start indicated her ability to handle a rise in distance.
Keep in mind as she’s not the worst.
Hot Fuss ($201) – BET NOW
The odds tell the story and it reads that Hot Fuss has no chance of winning.
Lincoln Melody ($151) – BET NOW
This stable is capable of pulling off a Group 1 upset but a win here would surprise even this stable.
Poor last start at Awapuni and that form doesn’t read well.
Terra Sancta ($71) – BET NOW
Good winner on debut at Avondale but only fair since.
Didn’t look to improve over more distance last start so rising to the 2400m doesn’t appear to be her go.
Le Sablier ($51) – BET NOW
Yet to win from four starts and it should stay that way.
Could improve with time and distance and its best chances would be a top five finish.
Misstumut ($201) – BET NOW