The Australasian Oaks is a Gr 1 Australian set weights
horserace raced by three-year-old fillies in April (although up
until 2006 it was run in May). Run over 2000m at Adelaide's Morphettville Racecourse,
which is also the headquarters of the South Australian Jockey Club,
the race offers a purse of AUD$250,000.
Since its inauguration in 1982, the Australasion Oaks has been a
favorite race for many of Australia's leading trainers and owners,
as well as runners. For instance, the inaugural race was won by a
talented filly called Rose of Kingston, who was named Australian
Horse of the Year the previous year.
Upon her retirement, Rose of Kingston went on to become a broodmare
and was responsible for foaling 1990 Melbourne Cup winner Kingston
Rule, by superb American Triple Crown winner, Secretariat.
Secretariat was inducted into the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in 1974
and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
Other more recent Australasion Oaks winners include 2008 winner
Zarita, who's triumph in the race was her third consecutive after
chalking up wins in Melbourne in the Armanasco Stakes (Gr 2) at
Caulfield Racecourse and the A.V. Kewney Stakes (Gr 2) at Flemington
Racecourse. Sadly, Zarita was scratched from the 2008 Melbourne Cup
after contracting a virus.
The winner of the 2009 Australasion Oaks was a talented Mick
Price-trained filly called Gallica, who delivered a highly memorable
performance by dominating the race from start to finish. Her victory
cemented her reputation as a solid Gr 1 winner.