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Australian Oaks facts and figures

HISTORY, FACTS AND STATISTICS ON THE GROUP ONE AUSTRALIAN OAKS

* First run in 1885 when won by Uralla

* Not run from 1895 to 1921.

* From 1922-45 run in January over a mile (1600m)

* From 1946-55 run at Easter over 10 furlongs (2000m)

* Won by some outstanding fillies including: Flight (1944), Evening Peal (1956), Wenona Girl (1961), Light Fingers (1965), Lowland (1968), Analie (1973), Leilani (1974), Surround (1977), Bounding Away (1987), Research (1989), Triscay (1991), Sunday Joy (2003) and Serenade Rose (2006), Streama (2012) and Bonneval (2017)

* Only nine favourites have been successful in the past 25 years: Bonneval (2017), Streama (2012), Serenade Rose (2006), Wild Iris (2004), Grand Archway (1999), Danendri (1997), Triscay (1991), Research (1989), Unforgotten (2018)

TALKING POINTS

* Hugh Bowman is aiming for four consecutive wins as a jockey after saluting on Sofia Rosa (2016), Bonneval (2017) and Unforgotten (2018). He rides the Kris Lees-trained Frankely Awesome

* New Zealand horses have won three of the past five editions, and will be represented by Imelda Mary and Clementina

* Aristia striving to become the first filly since Serenade Rose in 2005/06 to claim the VRC/ATC Australian Oaks double

WHAT CONNECTIONS ARE SAYING

“She comes into this race after a very good Group One Vinery Stud Stakes win. Barrier 12 is our only concern but we have a good jockey aboard who knows the horse very well” – Verry Elleegant’s trainer Chris Waller

“I think she is going better than in the spring but we are not getting the track that we probably need … we’re hoping for a drier track on Saturday and if we get that, I think she will be competitive” Aristia’s co-trainer Simon Zahra

“She was probably a little disappointing to the eye in the Vinery, but it was a heavy 10 and she was back last and had to come wide … Her work on Monday was as good as you’d like and I’m sure a mile-and-a-half is what she’s been looking for, and a big track” – Scarlet Dream’s trainer Mark Newnham

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