Socks Nation was not among the fancied runners in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks, but the Ciaron Maher-trained filly showed her staying tenacity in the sole major race of the day, repelling her rivals to claim success at the highest level.

Socks Nation is now a Group 1 winner
Socks Nation showed her tenacity in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (Photo by Brett Holburt/Racing Photos via Getty Images)

In her third win from 12 career starts to date, the daughter of Sioux Nation was kept close to a hot speed by jockey Ryan Maloney, with the pair staving off a late challenge from Craig Williams and Our Gold Hope.                                           

Socks Nation is Sioux Nation’s first Group 1 winner and 13th individual stakes winner. His sole southern hemisphere crop also produced the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes winner Magic Control, who raced in Australia as Archo Nacho. 

Fresh off riding Romantic Warrior to victory in the Group 1 Yasuda Kinen in Japan on Sunday, James McDonald wasted no time getting back into the groove of Australian racing at Eagle Farm, highlighted by a dominant win aboard Vilana in the Group 2 Moreton Cup.

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