2010 Auraria Stakes Preview

April 9th, 2010

On Sunday May 2 Allan Scott Park at Morphettville is set to host one of the most lucrative and anticipated race meetings of the Adelaide autumn racing carnival, the Unley Telstra Shop Super Sunday.

The two scheduled highlights at the meeting will be the $300,000 Group 1 Goodwood Handicap (1200m) and the $300,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m), but four other terrific black type races are also set to light up the track.

One of the other features taking place is the $100,000 Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m), which this year will be sponsored by Darley.

The 2010 Darley Auraria Stakes is open to three-year-old fillies and a number of earlier races held in Adelaide leading up to the race are often excellent indicators.

Fillies that previously contest events including the Group 3 South Australian Oaks (2400m) or the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) often finish off their autumn campaigns with a run in the Auraria Stakes.

The 2010 Australasian Schweppes Oaks was held on Saturday March 20 and was won by the John Thompson-trained Small Minds ahead of No Evidence Needed and Ipioga.

The South Australian Oaks is due to run on April 10 and the well performing fillies here may back up with a run in the Auraria Stakes.

One runner from the Schweppes Oaks on her way to the Auraria Stakes is the Richard Jolly-trained I’m Discreet. After placing eighth in the Oaks, the daughter of Elusive Quality claimed victory in the Listed Laelia Stakes (1600m) and will next contest the Group 2 Queen of the South Stakes before a run in the Auraria.

Nominations for the 2010 Auraria Stakes close on Tuesday April 27 and then acceptances must be paid up for by Thursday April 29. The final field and a more detailed preview of the race will then be available here.