Barb Raider Stakes her Claim for the Oaks

Mark Smith - Wednesday September 22

Barb Raider continued on a relentless path to the Group 1 VRC Kennedy Oaks when she made a one-act affair of Wednesday's Kennedy Oaks Preview (1800m) at Flemington.

Barb raider all systems go for the Kennedy Oaks (image Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Sent off an odd-on favourite, the daughter of the VRC Victoria Derby and SAJC South Australian Derby winner Rebel Raider erased any doubts about her staying ability when she hit the front a long way out.

Kept up to the mark under a minimum of urging by Craig Williams, the Jerome Hunter-trained filly stayed on strongly to defeat the Vancouver filly Blackcomb by two lengths with the Cable Bay (IRE) filly Tiz My Baby three-quarters of a length back in third.


A veteran of just four starts, Barb Raider was coming off a three and a half-length win at Sandown after placing at that track at her first two starts.

Hunter said it was all systems go to the Oaks.

"I was happy there was a bit of tempo. Last start was a sit and sprint, and there was still a question mark on whether she would stay or not.

"With a bit of speed on, she had a kick, and she will improve.  

"We will go to 2000m (in the Ethereal Stakes in three weeks), and if she can handle that, we will go to the 2500m (of the Kennedy Oaks).

Barb Raider (image Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

A homebred for Graebar Park's Graeme Gathercole, Barb Raider is the first foal of the winning Host (ARG) mare Graebarb, who hails from the family of the wonderful producer's Halo Again and her daughter She's Discreet.

Graebarb has a 2yo colt named Graewazi, one of four foals left by the obscure Our Wazi an unraced half-brother by Choisir to the Listed winner Belwazi.

Graebarb visited Squamosa last spring.


Race Result - Kennedy Oaks Preview 1800m

Flemington Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:50.61
Barb Raider
T: Jerome Hunter J: Craig Williams 57
3f Rebel Raider (AUS) x Graebarb (AUS) (Host (CHI))
T: D T O'Brien J: Damian Lane 56
3f Vancouver (AUS) x Rocha (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerrys Plains
B: O'Brien Thoroughbreds
Tiz My Bay
T: R Griffiths & M De Kock J: B Prebble 56
3f Cable Bay (IRE) x Tiz My View (AUS) (Snitzel (AUS))
T: Simon Ryan J: Will Price 56
3f Pierro (AUS) x Syrian Bride (NZ) (Golan (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Turangga Farm, Scone, NSW
B: Malua Bloodstock
Game Legend
T: J D Sadler J: M J Dee 56
3f Snitzel (AUS) x Let's Make Adeal (AUS) (Red Ransom (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone, NSW
B: John Sadler Racing
T: K & K Keys J: C Newitt 56
3f Polanski (AUS) x Fabianska (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Jye McNeil 56
3f Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Zastava (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Baramul Stud, Widden Valley, NSW
B: Hawkes Racing
T: R Griffiths & M De Kock J: D Oliver 58.5
3f Sir Prancealot (IRE) x Tresillian (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
MM Perth Yearling Sale Book 1 $30,000
V:Ruby Racing & Breeding, Kojarena, WA
B: Jane Chapple-Hyam / Alliance Bloodstock
Sabre Athena
T: Tim Hughes J: D W Stackhouse 56
3f Americain (USA) x Lucretia (NZ) (Mastercraftsman (IRE))
T: D T O'Brien J: John Allen 56
3f Tavistock (NZ) x Allez Wonder (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone, NSW
B: Danny O'Brien Racing
T: N A Blackiston J: L Currie 56
3f Vancouver (AUS) x Anzali (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $50,000
V:Rich Hill Stud
B: Blackiston Racing / Mr I Lewis
London Lemming
T: Brian McGrath J: Lachlan King 56
3f Manhattan Rain (AUS) x Beautiful Buns (AUS) (Black Minnaloushe (USA))
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