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.
|Date:||Saturday 28th October 2017|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo Fillies - Set Weights|
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).
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
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|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|