The Oakleigh Plate is a Group 1 Open Handicap race held annually each February at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1100 metres and worth $500,000 in prizemoney. The 2019 Oakleigh Plate was won by Booker from Encryption with Eduardo third.
Held on the Melbourne Racing Club's biggest race day of the autumn, Blue Diamond Stakes day, the Oakleigh Plate takes place alongside feature autumn races, the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes & Group 1 Futurity Stakes.
|Date:||Saturday 22nd February 2020|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|Oakleigh Plate odds|
The Oakleigh Plate is the premier handicap sprint event of the Caulfield autumn racing carnival and always attracts a classy field of sprinters. Final acceptances usually sees a capacity field of horses entered, with many genuine chances and the winner hard to find, unless there is an outstanding galloper going around. Class gallopers Starspangledbanner (2010), Weekend Hussler (2008), Fastnet Rock (2005) and Schillaci (1992) have all won this event in recent times.
The Gr3 Rubiton Stakes on CF Orr Stakes day at Caulfield is a likely lead-up race to this event, along with the Gr1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington. Lankan Rupee (2014) was the last horse to win the Rubiton Stakes & Oakleigh Plate double, while Fastnet Rock (2005) was the last galloper to snare the Lightning Stakes & Oakleigh Plate double.
Sprinters tackling this race may then continue on to the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap down the Flemington straight 1200m course on Super Saturday of Racing. Weekend Hussler (2008) was the most recent galloper to take out the Oakleigh Plate & Newmarket Handicap double, while Swiss Ace (2009) ran second in the Newmarket after winning this event. The Quarterback (6th in 2016) took out the Newmarket Handicap at his next start after running sixth here.
Booker (2019) resumed from a spell to score and outstanding victory in this event for the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra stable anf recent Oakleigh Plate winners include Russian Revolution (2018) and Sheidel (2017).
1. $18.00 Booker 52.0 Dean Yendall
2. $19.00 Encryption 51.0 Craig Williams
3. $5.00 Eduardo 52.0 Brian Park
4. $10.00 Bons Away 54.0 Ms Linda Meech
5. $15.00 Spright 53.5 Michael Walker
6. $18.00 Fell Swoop 55.5 Hugh Bowman
7. $51.00 Ellicazoom 52.0 Jye McNeil
8. $19.00 Viddora 57.0 Joe Bowditch
9. $41.00 Bel Sonic 52.0 Ben Thompson
10. $2.30 Nature Strip 56.5 Damian Lane
11. $51.00 Usain Bowler 52.0 Patrick Moloney
12. $51.00 I'll Have A Bit 52.0 Chris Parnham
13. $151.00 From Within 52.0 Beau Mertens
14. $101.00 Crown Witness 52.0 Damien Thornton
15. $71.00 Steel Frost 52.0 Jamie Kah
16. $41.00 Charge 50.0 Michael Dee
17. $101.00 Sensei 52.0 Dean Holland
18. $101.00 Fuhryk 52.0 Cory Parish
Margins: 0.75 len, 0.10 len
A number of group races are held on Blue Diamond Stakes day alongside the feature group one events, including the Gr2 St George Stakes, Gr2 Angus Armanasco Stakes, Gr2 Autumn Classic, Gr3 Mannerism Stakes & Zeditave Stakes.
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|2018||Russian Revolution||Snitty Kitty||Hellbent||1:03.0|
|2015||Shamal Wind||Under The Louvre||Fast 'n' Rocking||1:02.2|
|2014||Lankan Rupee||Spirit Of Boom||Knoydart||1:02.7|
|2013||Mrs Onassis||Facile Tigre||Spirit Of Boom||1:03.1|
|2012||Woorim||Elite Falls||Facile Tigre||1:03.4|
|2010||Starspangledbanner||=2 Here De Angels||=2 Arinos||1:03.1|
|2009||Swiss Ace||Lucky Secret||Typhoon Zed||1:02.8|
|2006||Snitzel||Virage De Fortune||Takeover Target||1:04.4|
|2005||Fastnet Rock||Segments||Legally Bay||1:02.5|
|2003||River Dove||North Boy||Choisir||1:04.5|
|2001||Miss Kournikova||Miss Pennymoney||Show A Heart||1:02.0|
|1998||Singing The Blues||Rock You||Jugulator||1:03.2|
|1995||Khaptingly||Royal Discard||The Heavyweight||1:03.4|
|1993||Mookta||Isnt She Gorgeous||Storaia||1:04.3|
|1992||Schillaci||Dark Beau||Dappers Hope||1:02.7|
|1990||Scarlet Bisque||Show County||Power Prince||1:03.0|
|1989||Clay Hero||Lonely Dreamer||Scarlet Bisque||1:03.2|
|1988||Snippets||Rancho Ruler||In Wonderland||1:02.8|