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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 prizemoney. The 2017 Oakleigh Plate was won by Sheidel from Faatinah with Extreme Choice 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.

2018 Oakleigh Plate info

Date: Saturday 24th February 2018
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1100 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $500,000
2017 Winner: Sheidel

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.

Sheidel (2017) finished runner-up in the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes over 1200m at Ascot in Perth before heading back to Melbourtne to win this event in exciting fashion and recent Oakleigh Plate winners include Flamberge (2016) and Shamal Wind (2015).

2017 Oakleigh Plate result

1. $8.00 Sheidel 53.0 Joao Moreira
2. $41.00 Faatinah 52.5 Ben Allen
3. $3.70 Extreme Choice 54.0 Craig Newitt

then followed
4. $6.00 Hellbent 52.0 Damian Lane
5. $101.00 Miss Promiscuity 52.0 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
6. $9.50 Fell Swoop 56.0 Damien Oliver
7. $9.50 I Am A Star 50.0 Craig Williams
=8. $11.00 Kaepernick 53.0 Kerrin McEvoy
=8. $18.00 Ocean Embers 52.0 Jason Benbow
10. $21.00 Flamberge 58.0 Brad Rawiller
11. $31.00 Guard Of Honour 50.0 Ben E Thompson
12. $151.00 Shakespearean Lass 52.0 Ms Michelle Payne
13. $21.00 El Divino 50.0 Dean Yendall
14. $41.00 Thermal Current 53.0 Dwayne Dunn
15. $201.00 Ready Sunshine 52.0 Michael Dee
16. $301.00 Aegean Sea 52.0 Beau Mertens
17. $41.00 Wild Rain 52.5 Stephen Baster

Margins: 1 len, 0.1 len
Time: 1:02.11

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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Oakleigh Plate recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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