Dracarys dreadful draw

By Adam Hamilton

STAR former Kiwi filly Dracarys suddenly needs a lot to go right to win tomorrow (Friday) night’s $150,000 Group 1 WA Oaks (2536m) at Gloucester Park.

Inside the back row (gate 10) is the one draw connections didn’t want and it’s see her a $2 favourite on Aussie TAB, when many thought she’d be $1.50 or shorter from a decent draw,

In contrast, her major rivals Balcatherine (gate six, $3.50) and Typhoon Tiff (eight, $5) get their chance from the front row.

“We’ve got a hope now,” Balcatherine’s trainer Gary Hall Sr said. “Dracarys is the best filly in the race by a long way, but that draw is a leveller. My filly is very fast, so if we can get the right trip from the draw, we can test the favourite now.”

It’s a rare and strange situation for Hall Sr with his son, Gary Jr, driving Dracarys for rival trainer Justin Prentice and Stuey McDonald aboard Balcatherine.

But the Halls will unite 30 minutes earlier for the long-awaited return of Chicago Bull in a free-for-all.

And, despite being underdone after six months out with injury, Chicago Bull has gate two and should just win.

The WA Oaks headlines another big Aussie weekend of racing where other highlights include:


  • Harness Jewels hopefuls Drop The Hammer and Majestic Player clash in a mobile mile (race eight) as they try to impress
  • Star filly Sleepee is aiming for her sixth win from just seven starts for Chris and Alison Alford in the $40,000 Group 2 NSW Trotters’ Oaks (race seven)
  • Tim Butt’s emerging star Sassy Pants is favourite from the pole to upstage Great Southern Star winner Dance Craze (gate 11) in the Group 2 La Coocaracha


  • MANY of Australia’s best mares lock horns in the $30,000 Group 3 Make Mine  Cullen (1720m), including Emma Stewart’s quartet: Tell Me Tales (10), Berisari (11), Frankincense (two) and Pistol Abbey (three). Kiwi raider Our Step Up needs luck from inside the back row (gate eight).



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