The Moonee Valley Oaks is a Group 2 set weights race for three-year-old fillies that now takes place in October at Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over 1600 metres and offers a purse of $200,000. The 2019 Moonee Valley Oaks result featured a dead-heat for first between La Falaise and Fascino with Nudge third.
Registered as the Moonee Valley Oaks and now known as the 'Moonee Valley Fillies Classic', the race was moved from autumn to spring in 2012 and is one of many feature races on Group 1 WS Cox Plate day.
|Date:||Saturday 24th October 2020|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo Fillies - Set Weights|
|2019 Winner:||=1 La Falaise|
The Moonee Valley Oaks is a set weights event for three-year-old fillies only and has been held in the autumn in recent years. Now it has moved to springtime, it will attract those middle distance fillies who may have competed in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas over the same trip earlier in the month at Caulfield and heading on towards the longer feature races.
Those fillies stepping up in distance towards the spring will find the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic an excellent lead-up race to the premier spring features for fillies at Flemington during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Group 1 Wakeful Stakes over 2000m on Derby day and the Group 1 VRC Oaks on Oaks day.
A more than handy field will contest this event and the level weight conditions of the race favours the classier females engaged. More often than not the classier fillies will come to the fore and figure in the finish.
La Falaise (2019) & Fascino (2019) dead-heated for first in this event. La Falaise, trained by Henry Dwyer, finished sixth in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude over 1400m at Caulfield beforehand, while the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace trained Fascino was runner-up in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington.
Mystic Journey (2018) captured the Listed Jim Moloney Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before taking out this even in easy fashion for trainer Adam Trinder.
Recent Moonee Valley Oaks winners include Banish (2017) and Nurse Kitchen (2016).
=1. $6.50 La Falaise 57.0 Ben Melham
=1. $5.50 Fascino 57.0 Mark Zahra
3. $5.00 Nudge 57.0 Hugh Bowman
4. $15.00 Bonvicini 57.0 Craig Williams
5. $10.00 Beauty Bolt 57.0 Jordan Childs
6. $26.00 Quantum Mechanic 57.0 Damien Oliver
7. $5.00 Aspect Ratio 57.0 James McDonald
8. $4.80 Asiago 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
9. $51.00 Miss Maddie 57.0 Daniel Stackhouse
Margins: 0.3 len, 0.2 len
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|2019||=1 La Falaise||=1 Fascino||Nudge||1:37.2|
|2018||Mystic Journey||Fundamentalist||El Dorado Dreaming||1:35.4|
|2017||Banish||I'll Have A Bit||Touch Of Mink||1:36.5|
|2016||Nurse Kitchen||Sezanne||I Am A Star||1:40.0|
|2015||My Poppette||Bengal Cat||Thames Court||1:36.3|
|2013||Gypsy Diamond||Gregers||Lady Tatia||1:38.7|
|2012||Empress Rock||Toal Attraction||Our Miss Jones||1:36.8|
|2011||Lights Of Heaven||Always Discreet||Absolutely||1:35.6|
|2010||My Emotion||Speedy Natalie||Aloha||1:36.4|
|2008||Absolut Glam||Miss Marielle||Arapaho Miss||1:30.3|
|2007||Anamato||Deloraine||De Lago Mist||1:31.0|
|2005||Dizelle||Hollow Bullet||Truly Wicked||1:37.2|
|2002||Elegant Fashion||Damaschino||Gold Lottery||2:07.8|
|2000||Hill of Grace||Grand Echezeaux||Shizu||2:06.7|