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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 prize money. The 2020 Oakleigh Plate was won by Pippie from Zoutori with Crystal Dreamer 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.

Oakleigh Plate info

Date: Saturday 22nd February 2020
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1100 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000
2020 Winner: Pippie
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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 Group 3 Rubiton Stakes on CF Orr Stakes day at Caulfield is a likely lead-up race to this event, along with the Group 1 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 Group 1 Newmarket Handicap down the Flemington straight 1200m course on Super Saturday of Racing.

Classy galloper Weekend Hussler (2008) is the last Oakleigh Plate & Newmarket Handicap double winner, while Swiss Ace (2009) ran second in the Newmarket after winning this event. Smart sprinter The Quarterback (6th in 2016) took out the Newmarket Handicap at his next start after running sixth here.

Pippie (2020) resumed from a spell to score an impressive all the way victory in this event for Mornington training duo John & Chris Meagher.

Recent Oakleigh Plate winners include Booker (2019) and Russian Revolution (2018).

2020 Oakleigh Plate result

1. $12.00 Pippie 52.0 Ms Linda Meech
2. $21.00 Zoutori 56.0 Jamie Kah
3. $41.00 Crystal Dreamer 55.0 Damian Lane

then followed
4. $21.00 All Too Royal 52.0 Michael Dee
5. $201.00 Vainstream 52.0 Anthony Darmanin
6. $2.35 Bivouac 55.5 Craig Williams
7. $18.00 Halvorsen 52.0 Dean Yendall
8. $21.00 Bold Star 52.0 Daniel Moor
9. $26.00 Bons Away 55.0 Jye McNeil
10. $26.00 Humma Humma 52.0 William Pike
11. $19.00 Trope 53.0 Dwayne Dunn
12. $61.00 Anjana 52.0 Zac Spain
13. $61.00 Mystyko 52.0 Dean Holland
14. $6.00 Anaheed 51.5 Tim Clark
15. $31.00 Faatinah 55.5 Regan Bayliss
16. $201.00 Fine Dane 52.0 Beau Mertens
17. $31.00 Ball Of Muscle 58.0 Glyn Schofield
18. $21.00 Free Of Debt 50.0 Craig Newitt

Margins: 0.5 len, 0.75 len
Time: 1:01.93

A number of group races are held on Blue Diamond Stakes day alongside the feature group one events, including the Group 2 St George Stakes, Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes, Group 2 Autumn Classic, Group 3 Mannerism Stakes & Zeditave Stakes.

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Oakleigh Plate winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Pippie Zoutori Crystal Dreamer 1:01.9
2019 Booker Encryption Eduardo 1:01.9
2018 Russian Revolution Snitty Kitty Hellbent 1:03.0
2017 Sheidel Faatinah Extreme Choice 1:02.1
2016 Flamberge Fell Swoop Heatherly 1:02.5
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
2011 Eagle Falls Avenue Hinchinbrook 1:02.2
2010 Starspangledbanner =2 Here De Angels =2 Arinos 1:03.1
2009 Swiss Ace Lucky Secret Typhoon Zed 1:02.8
2008 Weekend Hussler Magnus Tramuntana 1:03.2
2007 Undue Poets Voice Magnus 1:02.7
2006 Snitzel Virage De Fortune Takeover Target 1:04.4
2005 Fastnet Rock Segments Legally Bay 1:02.5
2004 Reactive Ancient Song Suit 1:03.4
2003 River Dove North Boy Choisir 1:04.5
2002 Sudurka Mistegic Straight Ace 1:02.5
2001 Miss Kournikova Miss Pennymoney Show A Heart 1:02.0
2000 Sports Falvelon Rancho Spark 1:04.5
1999 Dantelah Paint Magic Music 1:02.8
1998 Singing The Blues Rock You Jugulator 1:03.2
1997 Spartacus Rock You Clang 1:02.7
1996 Drum Prince Marauding Centisle 1:05.7
1995 Khaptingly Royal Discard The Heavyweight 1:03.4
1994 Kenvain Sublimate Blue Boss 1:02.4
1993 Mookta Isnt She Gorgeous Storaia 1:04.3
1992 Schillaci Dark Beau Dappers Hope 1:02.7
1991 With Me Paklani Joanne 1:02.8
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