All eyes are on Amelia’s Jewel as she seeks redemption in the second edition of The Quokka, Perth’s richest race with a $5 million purse.

Installed as the early favourite again, Amelia’s Jewel will have to overcome a wide barrier draw (12) to claim victory this time around.

Amelia's Jewel

Amelia’s Jewel is dominant favourite to win The Quokka 2024 in Perth this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The now four-year-old daughter of Siyouni finished a close second to Overpass in the inaugural Quokka last year.

This time, she’ll be aiming to go one better at her beloved Ascot track. Coming off a runner-up finish in the Group 3 Roma Cup (1100m), she’ll likely relish the step up to 1200m.

While the wide draw presents a challenge, Amelia’s Jewel remains the favourite at $3.40 with Ladbrokes.

Champion jockey Damian Lane will be in the saddle as she looks to secure the win for punters.

Last year’s surprise winner, Overpass, is back for a shot at consecutive victories.

The Bjorn Baker-trained gelding will look to capitalize on another favourable draw (gate six) as he returns to the track and distance where he triumphed in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes last December.

Overpass boasts a perfect record at Ascot (2:2-0-0) and is currently priced at $4.60 in The Quokka betting.

Rounding out the podium finishers from the first Quokka was Bella Nipotina, who is also back this year with jockey Craig Williams aboard the classy Ciaron Maher-trained mare.

Drawn poorly at gate 13, she’ll be looking to improve on her third-place finish at odds of $5.50.

Beyond the top contenders, several other horses are eager to claim their own piece of The Quokka glory.

Oscar’s Fortune ($6) is a serious threat with ace local jockey William Pike.

He’s been in top form recently and has a history of success at Ascot (5 wins, 3 seconds from 8 starts). Rich Enuff ($6) is a lightly raced three-year-old with a promising record (5 wins, 3 seconds from 8 starts).

While yet to win over the 1200m distance, he shouldn’t be discounted after he beat Amelia’s Jewel home in the Roma Cup last time out.

Finally, King Of Sparta ($8) is a force to be reckoned with coming off victories in the Magic Millions Sprint and the Expressway Stakes earlier this year.

Drawn well in gate four with Blake Shinn riding, his impressive 1200m record (19:7-3-2) makes him a contender to watch.

The stage is set for an exciting race with Amelia’s Jewel facing a strong challenge from a field of talented competitors.

See the latest The Quokka 2024 betting odds here.

2024 The Quokka Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 90x12x201x OVERPASS Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 6 58.5kg 115
2 624x28211x KING OF SPARTA Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 4 58.5kg 113
3 576×363362 MALKOVICH Bjorn Baker Ben Melham 2 58.5kg 105
4 42x7x260x5 TRIPLE MISSILE Grant & Alana Williams Brad Parnham 7 58.5kg 100
5 55700x118x WAITAK (NZ) Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Kyle Wilson-Taylor 10 58.5kg 106
6 3242191×42 SALOON BAR Daniel Morton Rhys McLeod 1 58.5kg 83
7 33315×4542 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher Craig Williams 13 56.5kg 113
8 x12x1190x2 AMELIA’S JEWEL Simon A Miller Damian Lane 12 56.5kg 113
9 3x228132x3 RIPCORD Luke Fernie Clint Johnston-Porter 5 56.5kg 104
10 111122×21 OSCAR’S FORTUNE Dion Luciani William Pike 3 56.5kg 107
11 3x178x41x1 WILD BELLE Luke Fernie Steven Parnham 11 56.5kg 99
12 6x12x23 ALMIGHTY CLASS Mitchell Pateman Jarrad Noske 8 56.5kg 78
13 1211x1232x SUPER SMINK Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 14 54.5kg 90
14 11×4742113 PETULA Simon A Miller Patrick Carbery 9 54.5kg 81
15e 225x3373x8 COMFORT ME Rhys Radford 0 58.5kg 108
16e 0x13645x08 RED CAN MAN Steve Wolfe 0 58.5kg 104
17e x371607676 HOT ZED Lou Luciani 0 58.5kg 102
18e 205×627144 GEMMA’S SON Embroja-Lee Altieri 0 58.5kg 96

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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