It’s easily one of my favourite races of the season and I simply cannot wait for the Neds Oakleigh Plate to jump at Caulfield on Saturday afternoon.
While it might not boast the reputation of a Newmarket Handicap or a TJ, the Neds Oakleigh Plate always draws an outstanding and open field of sprinters and is often won by something at odds – find the right one and you’re having a terrific day on the punt.
I very much plan to do that, and you can find my 2021 Neds Oakleigh Plate tips below.
- 2 Units E/W #10 Garner
- Boxed Trifecta of the selections below
Gordon Richards has a few very handy sprinters is his care and Garner is a live chance of delivering the stable another Group 1 win on Saturday, and at a healthy price ($26 at publish).
It’s fair to say that his career has been slightly overshadowed by that of his sprinting stablemate Gytrash, but Garner has been a strong and consistent performer since debuting, and his picked off plenty of quality races of his own.
I thought that there was a lot to like about his resuming effort for third in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes, for which he clearly needed the run, and he’ll enjoy plenty of improvement for that effort.
He came very close to landing the chocolates last year and Zoutori really has only improved since he last contested the Neds Oakleigh Plate.
The Zoustar progressed to an impressive fourth placing in the Newmarket last autumn and was put away after finishing down the order in The Goodwood but continued his outstanding fresh form when winning both the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis and the Group 2 Gilgai in spring.
He was again put away after running fourth in the VRC Sprint Classic and there probably isn’t a better Group 1 target for him than the Neds Oakleigh Plate.
Ancestry clearly doesn’t know how to run a bad race and he couldn’t look out of place in the Neds Oakleigh Plate winner’s stall.
The four-year-old son of The Brothers War has amassed eight wins and a minors placing from his thirteen career starts to date and went through the spring undefeated, having saluted at each of his four appearances including the Listed Century Stakes.
This is easily the toughest task for which he has been set, but he has trialled well in the lead-up to his return and obviously has plenty of upside.
I’m not sure she’s quite as good as everyone thought early on, but Brooklyn Hustle boasts a terrific fresh record and a race like the Neds Oakleigh Plate looks suitable first-up.
The four-year-old daughter of Starspangledbanner missed the Autumn Carnival last year, but returned from a long break for an utterly dominant win over a good field at The Valley in August.
She followed up that effort with competitive runs for third in the Group 2 McEwen and consecutive fourth placing in the Group 1 Moir Stakes and the Group 1 Manikato.
There’s certainly a case to be made for her keeping her best form for The Valley, but I completely understand why the trainers and connections would want to have a crack at the Neds Oakleigh Plate.