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 2016 Moonee Valley Oaks was taken out by Nurse Kitchen from Sezanne with I Am A Star third.
Registered as the Moonee Valley Oaks and now known as the 'Moonee Valley Fillies Classic', the race was previously held in the autumn until moved to the spring in 2012 and takes place on Gr1 WS Cox Plate day.
|Date:||Saturday 28th October 2017|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo Fillies - Set Weights|
|2016 Winner:||Nurse Kitchen|
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.
Nurse Kitchen (2016) finished unplaced in a 3YO Fillies BM78 race over 1200m at Caulfield before winning this event and recent Moonee Valley Oaks winners include My Poppette (2015) and Lumosty (2014).
1. $19.00 Nurse Kitchen 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $2.45 Sezanne 57.0 Hugh Bowman
3. $3.50 I Am A Star 57.0 Steven King
4. $11.00 Exocet 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
5. $41.00 Classic Diva 57.0 Jye McNeil
6. $8.50 La Luna Rossa 57.0 Mark Zahra
7. $15.00 Chipanda 57.0 James McDonald
8. $51.00 Outback Rain 57.0 Ryan Maloney
9. $151.00 Mitali Assa Vedo 57.0 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
10. $151.00 Kamili 57.0 Rhys McLeod
11. $18.00 Stop Making Sense 57.0 Luke Nolen
12. $101.00 Alaskan Sun 57.0 Nicholas Hall
Margins: 0.5 len, 0.3 len
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|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|