The VRC Oaks is a Group 1 race for three-year-old fillies that takes place at Flemington racecourse each November during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2500 metres and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 VRC Oaks was won by Pinot from Bring Me Roses with Hiyaam third.
The VRC Oaks is held on the third day of the Flemington four-day racing carnival and is always run midweek on the Thursday, two days after the Melbourne Cup. The final day of the four-day Melbourne Cup carnival, Stakes Day, takes place two days later with the Group 1 Emirates Stakes the feature race of the day.
|Date:||Thursday 8th November 2018|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo Fillies - Set Weights|
|2018 VRC Oaks odds|
The VRC Oaks is the premier blue ribbon event for three-year-old staying fillies in Melbourne during the spring carnival. It's the fillies equivalent of the Victoria Derby for colts & geldings and run over the same 2500 metres distance as the Derby. The race is restricted to fillies at set weights and the better fillies have a decided advantage.
VRC Oaks day itself is known as 'Ladie's Day' and there is almost as much action off the track as there is on it, with the annual holding of the 'Fashions on the Field" ensuring a huge crowd is always in attendance.
The Gr1 Wakeful Stakes on Derby Day is the traditional lead-up race to the VRC Oaks and the Oaks has produced some quality winners over the years.
Samantha Miss (2008) won the Princess Series during the Sydney spring carnival prior to a WS Cox Plate placing and success in this race, while other notable winners in recent years include Mosheen (2011), Magical Miss (2001), Special Harmony (2003) and Miss Finland (2006).
The race is generally won by the classiest filly as the 2500 metres finds out the weaker fillies and class generally prevails in the run to the line.
Pinot (2017) took out the Gr3 Ethereal Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield before proving too strong for her rivals in this event and recent VRC Oaks winners include Lasqueti Spirit (2016) and Jameka (2015).
Make sure you take a keen interest in the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes held at Flemington on Derby Day, as the Wakeful winner will more often than not win or run a place in the VRC Oaks. The Wakeful Stakes has been the traditional guide to this race over the years.
The most recent fillies to complete the Wakeful Stakes & VRC Oaks double have been Kirramosa (2012), Brazilian Pulse (2010), Faint Perfume (2009), Serenade Rose (2005) and Hollow Bullet (2004), while Tuesday Joy (2006) and Timbourina (2003) both finished second in the Wakeful before winning the VRC Oaks. Dear Demi (2012) ran 4th in the Wakeful Stakes before her strong finish to win this event.
1. $5.50 Pinot 55.5 Stephen Baster
2. $31.00 Bring Me Roses 55.5 Luke Currie
3. $21.00 Hiyaam 55.5 Michael Dee
4. $6.50 Luvaluva 55.5 Blake Shinn
5. $151.00 Miss Admiration 55.5 Noel Callow
6. $1.80 Aloisia 55.5 Luke Nolen
7. $16.00 Rimraam 55.5 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $26.00 Reliable Dame 55.5 Craig Williams
9. $91.00 Sweet Mischief 55.5 Ms Jamie Kah
10. $101.00 Four Koalas 55.5 Hugh Bowman
11. $71.00 Lucky Louie 55.5 Ben Melham
12. $101.00 Circuleight 55.5 Michael Walker
Margins: 1.25 len, 1.5 len
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|2017||Pinot||Bring Me Roses||Hiyaam||2:37.2|
|2016||Lasqueti Spirit||Harlow Gold||Eleonora||2:37.7|
|2014||Set Square||Thunder Lady||Golconda||2:39.3|
|2011||Mosheen||Dowager Queen||Roma Giaconda||2:39.3|
|2008||Samantha Miss||Miss Scarlatti||Allez Wonder||2:37.5|
|2007||Arapaho Miss||Serious Speed||Marjorie||2:36.8|
|2006||Miss Finland||Tuesday Joy||Anamato||2:37.2|
|2005||Serenade Rose||Florica Danica||Empress Lily||2:36.3|
|2004||Hollow Bullet||Kylikwong||Storm Alert||2:31.2|
|2003||Special Harmony||Dane Belltar||Timbourina||2:39.0|
|2001||Magical Miss||Manang||Li Lo Lill||2:34.7|
|2000||Lovelorn||Lan Kwai Fong||Lolita Star||2:35.3|
|1998||Grand Archway||Rose OWar||Zazabelle||2:37.7|
|1997||Kensington Palace||Only A Lady||Kilmore Quay||2:41.3|
|1995||Saleous||Arctic Scent||Pontal Lass||2:39.6|
|1994||Northwood Plume||Wild Thunder||Captive||2:37.7|
|1993||Arborea||Oaks Day||Give Me A Buzz||2:38.9|
|1991||Richfield Lady||Indias Dream||Yodells||2:38.6|
|1987||Sandys Pleasure||Tennessee Vain||St Klaire||2:41.8|
|1986||Diamond Shower||Shackle||Denita Gold||2:40.2|
|1985||My Tristrams Belle||Born To Be Queen||Dolcezza||2:45.5|
|1984||Spirit Of Kingston||Our Lafitte||Centaurea||2:41.9|
|1983||Taj Eclipse||Mapperley Heights||Rose Of Dudley||2:37.5|
|1982||Roms Stiletto||Home Maid||Confessions||2:39.6|
|1981||Rose Of Kingston||Queens Road||Copperama||2:36.9|
|1980||November Rain||Deck The Halls||Verdi||2:40.0|
|1979||Brava Jeannie||Delma Jay||Crown Queen||2:36.7|
|1977||Show Ego||Sun Sally||Princess Talaria||2:37.2|
|1976||Surround||Saviour||Of Two Cities||2:38.7|
|1975||Denises Joy||Ace Queen||Latin Model||2:45.4|