Aristia brilliant in G1 VRC Oaks

| November 8, 2018

Aristia ridden by Damian Lane wins the G1 VRC Oaks at Flemington

She was a maiden a week ago, now Aristia is a two-time winner including today’s Group 1 Kennedy Oaks at Flemington.

Five days after winning the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes, Aristia (Lonhro x Nakaaya) added the blue riband Oaks to her resume for her large and loud group of owners.

The Greg Perry-bred Aristia led in a trifecta of Inglis graduates in the Oaks, defeating Greysful Glamour (Stratum) and Miner’s Miss (Rebel Raider).

Her win came less than a week after Inglis graduates filled the first five placings in the Group 1 Victoria Derby at Flemington to kick-start Melbourne Cup week.

Aristia is an $80,000 Australian Easter Yearling Sale buy for First Light Racing, Paul Willetts and Ellerton Zahra Racing, where she was offered by Vinery Stud.

Aristia is the second consecutive Inglis Easter graduate to win the Kennedy Oaks following Pinot’s success last year.

Aristia started at $5.60 third favourite at the online bookmaker BetEasy, behind Amphitrite and Very Elleegant. BetEasy is the best way to do your horseracing and sports betting.

First Light Racing’s Tim Wilson said today’s Oaks victory “is what dreams are made of’’.

“There’s only 36 owners in this filly but there’s a million people here, it’s life-changing stuff,’’ an emotional Wilson said.

“We’re blessed, we’ve got a great team but all credit to [trainers] Matt [Ellerton] and Simon [Zahra], the filly’s had a faultless prep, when Damian Lane hit the front I was just so excited – and so scared!

“I remember seeing the filly at Easter, Paul Willetts, our bloodstock agent loved her, Matt and Simon loved her, I needed some convincing but I’m glad I was convinced. They were right, they’re always right.

“I can’t wait to get my Inglis Group 1 jacket now!’’


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