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Moonee Valley Oaks

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 2017 Moonee Valley Oaks was taken out by Banish from I'll Have A Bit with Touch Of Mink 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.

2017 Moonee Valley Oaks info

Date: Saturday 28th October 2017
Track: Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 3yo Fillies - Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $200,000
2017 Winner: Banish

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 Gr1 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 Gr1 Wakeful Stakes over 2000m on Derby day and the Gr1 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.

Banish (2017) took out a Fillies & Mares BM70 race over 1400m at Cranbourne before sciring in this event and recent Moonee Valley Oaks winners include Nurse Kitchen (2016) My Poppette (2015) and Lumosty (2014).

2017 Moonee Valley Oaks result

1. $7.50 Banish 57.0 Craig Williams
2. $8.50 I'll Have A Bit 57.0 Jamie Mott
3. $10.00 Touch Of Mink 57.0 Blake Shinn
4. $9.00 Glam Guru 57.0 Damien Oliver
5. $5.50 Speedway 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
6. $15.00 Sheezdashing 57.0 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
7. $101.00 A Ma Shay 57.0 Rhys McLeod
8. $6.50 Pageantry 57.0 Mark Zahra
9. $17.00 Nothin’ On Me 57.0 Patrick Moloney
10. $4.80 Mintha 57.0 Luke Currie

Margins: 0.75 len, 0.75 len
Time: 1:36.56

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Moonee Valley Oaks recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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
2014 Lumosty Tahni Dancer Berimbau 1:37.3
2013 Gypsy Diamond Gregers Lady Tatia 1:38.7
2012 Empress Rock Toal Attraction Our Miss Jones 1:36.8
2012 Kazanluk Stella Lante Moreau 1:38.3
2011 Lights Of Heaven Always Discreet Absolutely 1:35.6
2010 My Emotion Speedy Natalie Aloha 1:36.4
2009 Romneya Lamarr Turquia 1:30.6
2008 Absolut Glam Miss Marielle Arapaho Miss 1:30.3
2007 Anamato Deloraine De Lago Mist 1:31.0
2006 Pure Harmony Pinezero Pasikatera 1:30.8
2005 Dizelle Hollow Bullet Truly Wicked 1:37.2
2004 Special Harmony Demerger Sunnah 2:07.2
2003 Ribe Lashed Thurman 2:09.9
2002 Elegant Fashion Damaschino Gold Lottery 2:07.8
2001 Dandify Tanith Lovelorn 2:10.5
2000 Hill of Grace Grand Echezeaux Shizu 2:06.7
1999 Sunline Grand Archway Ilze 2:07.4