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Timeform Review - UBET Classic/Schweppes Oaks Day

Brilliant filly Shoals scored her third Group 1 win of the season when steaming home to land the 2018 UBET Classic (Robert Sangster Stakes) over 1200m at Morphettville last Saturday.

Timeform Review - UBET Classic/Schweppes Oaks Day

Brilliant filly Shoals scored her third Group 1 win of the season when steaming home to land the 2018 UBET Classic (Robert Sangster Stakes) over 1200m at Morphettville last Saturday.

Freshened and dropping back in distance since winning the Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) in Sydney two months earlier, Shoals Horseform unleashed an impressive turn of foot to sprint past a strong field of fillies and mares to win by almost two lengths.


Last year’s winner Secret Agenda Horseform also hit the line well for second with roughie Mica Lil Horseform third.

Shoals, who also won the Myer Classic last spring, returned a career peak Timeform rating of 116 for her win.

That was the equal of Miracles of Life Horseform in 2015 with only Driefontein Horseform (118 in 2014) returning a higher figure since Black Caviar’s 128 performance in 2012.

Connections are now considering a trip to Royal Ascot for Shoals but a tilt at The Everest next spring is also on the table.

Shoals.
Shoals. Picture:Racing and Sports

Progressive filly Sopressa Horseform continued her rapid rise with a dominant win in the Group 1 2018 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) earlier on the program.

The daughter of So You Think hadn’t rated close to triple figures until scoring a runaway win in the traditional Oaks lead-up - the Group 3 Auraria Stakes – which netted her a Timeform figure of 105.

Sopressa lifted that rating to 108 in the Oaks by defeating Sheezdashing Horseform and recent ATC Oaks placegetter Miss Admiration Horseform.

Sopressa’s rating was the equal of three of the previous four Oaks winners – Egg Tart (2017), Abbey Marie (2016) and May’s Dream (2014).

Lights of Heaven Horseform (115 in 2011) and Delicacy Horseform (110 in 2015) are the only fillies to rate higher in the last 10 runnings.

Sprightly Lass.
Sprightly Lass. Picture:Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Speedy filly Sprightly Lass Horseform added to her growing reputation with her second stakes win in the Group 3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m).

Sprightly Lass took her record to six wins and two seconds from eight starts and rated 110, just a point below her career high recorded when winning her previous outing in the Bel Esprit Stakes at Caulfield.

Sprightly Lass became the highest rated DC McKay Stakes winner since Essay Raider Horseform returned 115 with his victory in 2014.

Group 1 winner Santa Ana Lane Horseform produced the highest rated performance in this year’s race, rating 115 by carrying 59.5kg into third place.

French Emotion.
French Emotion. Picture:Racing and Sports

Capable mare French Emotion Horseform made it two wins in a row when finishing strongly to win the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m).

Winner of a rich Vobis race at Caulfield at her previous start, French Emotion matched her career best Timeform rating of 109 when sweeping home to win in the final stride.

This was the equal highest rated Queen of the South Stakes – alongside Bird Of Fire Horseform in 2009 – since Lady Marion Horseform won with a rating of 112 way back in 2001.

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