The third key race day of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival isn’t exactly one for racing aficionados, but try telling that to the 100,000 happy punters who front up on a Thursday each and every year.
Much of the crowd will happily admit to not watching a second of the track goings-on as their attention turns towards the finals of the Fashions on the Field competition, which are traditionally held on ‘ladies day’.
Only one race on the quick-fire nine-race card has any real mystique – the Crown Oaks, which is a 2,500m staying challenge exclusively for three-year-old fillies. But you can be assured the Oaks, with $1 million in prize money on offer, will be hotly contested. In last year’s race a star was born in Mosheen, who trounced her rivals in a seven-length domination.
While the 2012 edition has no out-and-out stars, Dear Demi looks a promising type and rarely runs a bad race. Also keep an eye on the Nathan Tinkler-owned Longport, who has won three of her five career starts.