New Zealand Oaks

New Zealand Oaks

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2025
Location: Trentham Racecourse
Prize Money: $500,000
Distance: 2400m

The Group 1 New Zealand Oaks is a 2400m staying event for three-year-old fillies held on the third Saturday in March at Trentham Racecourse.

Run under set weight conditions, the NZ$500,000 race consistently attracts a strong field and often serves as a good form reference for feature events later in the year.

Having been run at Riccarton until 1972 and over only 2000m until 1974, the New Zealand Oaks has produced some of the nation’s very best horses.

Subsequent Group 1 winners like Glamour Bay and Bonneval have used the NZ Oaks as a launching pad to further success, while Princess Coup announced herself in the race before going on to finish third in a Caulfield Cup.

The 1998 NZ Oaks winner, Tycoon Lil, would go on to finish third in the Cox Plate behind the legendary Might And Power.

With the ATC Oaks run three weeks after the New Zealand Oaks, connections will often send their horse to Sydney to contest the $1,000,000 race.


2025 New Zealand Oaks betting odds

Markets for the 2025 New Zealand Oaks are currently unavailable.


Best New Zealand Oaks bookmakers

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Latest New Zealand Oaks news

Pulchritudinous
Impressive last-start Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) winner Pulchritudinous will continue her racing career in Australia following her sale ...
Pulchritudinous
New Zealand Oaks winner Pulchritudinous could head to Randwick for the Group 1 Australian Oaks next month, it just may ...
Positivity
A trip to Brisbane to compete in the Queensland Winter Carnival is on the cards for Positivity following her runner-up ...
Pulchritudinous
Warren Kennedy has steered the Chad Ormsby-trained Pulchritudinous to Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) glory at Trentham ...
Cupid's Arrow
A friendship formed during the Queensland winter carnival has paved the way for Brisbane jockey Kyle Wilson-Taylor to make his ...
Positivity
Andrew Forsman will attempt to recreate the performance of a former stable star with his trio of fillies in this ...

New Zealand Oaks statistics

Despite no jockey winning the race on more than one occasion in the past 10 years, it is still the legendary Opie Bosson punters should follow when looking to find a winner in the New Zealand Oaks.

The hoop is one of two jockeys with five wins (2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2021) in the race, with Chris Johnson also tasting success in the race five times.

Greg Childs is the next best with four wins, with all of those coming in the 1980s.

Shaune Ritchie has had a stranglehold on the New Zealand Oaks since 2010, with the trainer having success in 2010, 2012 and 2020.

The New Zealand Oaks has often catapulted horses to further Group 1 success, both locally and in Australia.

One prime example is Bonneval, with the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained filly going on to claim the Australian Oaks and Underwood Stakes in 2017 along with the New Zealand Oaks.

La Mer (1977), Glamour Bay (1981), Solveig (1985), Tycoon Lil (1998), Legs (2006), Princess Coup (2007) Savvy Coup (2018), Pennyweka (2023) have all claimed the New Zealand Oaks on their way to subsequent Group success.


2025 New Zealand Oaks Final Field

HorseBetting will update this page when the 2024 New Zealand Oaks field is released.


Previous New Zealand Oaks Fields

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    Pulchritudinous
    Chad Ormsby
    Warren Kennedy
    8
    56.5kg
    2 Silks
    Positivity
    Andrew Forsman
    Masa Hashizume
    3
    56.5kg
    3 Silks
    Chantilly Lace
    Chrissy Bambry
    Chris Dell
    1
    56.5kg
    4 Silks
    Harlow Rocks
    Tony Pike
    Ryan Elliot
    15
    56.5kg
    5 Silks
    Qali Al Farrasha
    Mark Walker & Sam Bergerson
    Opie Bosson
    6
    56.5kg
    6 Silks
    Still Bangon
    Stephen Autridge
    Matthew Cameron
    9
    56.5kg
    7 Silks
    Livid Sky
    Stephen Autridge
    Sam Weatherley
    4
    56.5kg
    8 Silks
    Bozo
    Kevin Myers
    Kate Hercock
    19
    56.5kg
    9 Silks
    Race Ace
    Fraser Auret
    Lisa Allpress
    16
    56.5kg
    10 Silks
    Sign Of Peace
    Tony Pike
    Michael McNab
    10
    56.5kg
    11 Silks
    Love Janie
    Lisa Latta
    Sam Spratt
    17
    56.5kg
    12 Silks
    Moonlight Magic
    Andrew Forsman
    Joe Doyle
    13
    56.5kg
    13 Silks
    Wren
    Andrew Forsman
    Lily Sutherland
    2
    56.5kg
    14 Silks
    Call A Friend
    Mike Breslin
    Samantha Wynne
    18
    56.5kg
    15 Silks
    Cupid’s Arrow
    Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
    Kyle Wilson-Taylor
    5
    56.5kg
    16 Silks
    Sheaf
    Kevin Myers
    Tina Comignaghi
    11
    56.5kg
    17 Silks
    Saxs ‘n’ Silks (1E)
    Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
    TBC
    14
    56.5kg
    18 Silks
    Sol De Otono (2E)
    Guy Lowry & Leah Zydenbos
    TBC
    7
    56.5kg
    19 Silks
    Justify That (3E)
    Johno Benner & Hollie Wynyard
    TBC
    12
    56.5kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    Sakura Girl
    Ben Foote
    Kozzi Asano
    11
    56.5kg
    2 Silks
    Val Di Zoldo
    Tony Pike
    Michael McNab
    5
    56.5kg
    3 Silks
    Diss Is Dramatic
    Lisa Latta
    Joe Doyle
    9
    56.5kg
    4 Silks
    Contagious
    Roger James & Robert Wellwood
    Vinnie Colgan
    2
    56.5kg
    5 Silks
    Family Ties
    Mark Walker
    Opie Bosson
    6
    56.5kg
    6 Silks
    Pennyweka
    Jim Wallace
    Ryan Elliot
    4
    56.5kg
    7 Silks
    Sedaka
    Stephen Marsh
    Sam Weatherley
    13
    56.5kg
    8 Silks
    Sheez Dominant
    Fraser Auret
    Wiremu Pinn
    14
    56.5kg
    9 Silks
    Helly Belly
    Stephen Autridge
    Lee Magorrian
    16
    56.5kg
    10 Silks
    Mischief Managed
    Ken Rae & Krystal Williams
    Jasmine Fawcett
    1
    56.5kg
    11 Silks
    Flamenco
    John Benner & Hollie Wynyard
    Craig Grylls
    17
    56.5kg
    12 Silks
    Fabulous Gal
    Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
    Joe Doyle
    8
    56.5kg
    13 Silks
    Soul Of Fire
    Fraser Auret
    Terry Moseley
    15
    56.5kg
    14 Silks
    The Woman King
    Samantha Logan
    Kate Hercock
    18
    56.5kg
    15 Silks
    Malfy Rosa
    Chris Gibbs
    Lynsey Satherley
    10
    56.5kg
    16 Silks
    Mehzebeen
    Mark Walker
    Jason Laking
    12
    56.5kg
    17 Silks
    Kahma Suitsya
    Shaun Phelan
    Declan Bates
    3
    56.5kg
    18 Silks
    Savacat
    Team Rogerson
    Cameron Lammas
    7
    56.5kg

2024 New Zealand Oaks result


1stPulchritudinous (+450)
2ndPositivity (+170)
3rdQali Al Farrasha (+100)

Recent New Zealand Oaks runnings

  • Almost two decades after riding Creil to victory in the Group 1 Avondale Cup (2200m) as an apprentice jockey, multi-talented horseman Chad Ormsby climbed the same mountain in a different way when Pulchritudinous won the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m). Pulchritudinous showed promise with a 1400m maiden win in her second career start back in October, but it has only been in the last eight days that she has really made her mark. She stepped up beyond 1600m for the first time and scored an impressive win in the rescheduled Lowland Stakes at Taupo on March 8, then stepped into the Group One spotlight for the Oaks barely a week later. Ridden by Warren Kennedy, Pulchritudinous settled in ninth place alongside the rail as Harlow Rocks set a solid pace out in front and turned the fillies’ classic into a true staying test. Kennedy got her off the fence at the 700m mark and began to creep closer, moving up behind the leading pack and poised to pounce. Pulchritudinous swooped around the home turn and quickly loomed large on the outside of Harlow Rocks, Positivity, Qali Al Farrasha and Race Ace. Kennedy sent Pulchritudinous into full flight at the 300m mark and she surged to the lead, pulling away from Positivity and Qali Al Farrasha to win by 1.75 lengths in an impressive display of stamina and class.
  • Members of the Galloping Wekas Jazweka Syndicate threatened to tear down the Trentham grandstand after they witnessed their pride and joy Pennyweka stride clear in the final stages of the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m). More than 70 people associated with the three-year-old daughter of Satono Aladdin let out a united roar as rider Ryan Elliot found clear galloping room shortly after straightening, with Pennyweka proving much the best stayer as she dashed to a three-length victory.
  • The least-fancied of three runners in the prestigious classic for Richards and the all-conquering Te Akau Racing team, Belle En Rouge was ridden by Jason Laking, whose last Group One victory came almost 20 years ago when The Jewel won the 2002 running of the New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m). At that stage Laking was an apprentice based at Wingatui, where Richards was growing up nearby. Laking took advantage of an inside gate and put Belle En Rouge in a perfect position, just ahead of midfield and travelling smoothly behind a solid pace set by Flash Mary. Belle En Rouge peeled out wide coming up to the home turn and went for gold a long way out, surging forward and thrusting her head in front with 250 metres to run. Self Obsession responded gamely along the inside, with Aspen Colorado flashing home late after struggling to find clear running in the straight, but Belle En Rouge was too strong and scored by half a length. Self Obsession edged out Aspen Colorado by a nose for second, with the other Richards-trained runner, The Perfect Pink, close up in fourth.
  • Favourite punters were panicking when the gates flung open in the 2021 New Zealand Oaks when Amaerlinha seemingly jumped in the air and almost dislodged jockey Opie Bosson. The move cost her early momentum and forced Bosson to track three-wide leaving the home straight the first time, before Bosson was able to slot into a nice position one-off the fence in midfield. From there on the result appeared to be in little doubt as Bosson sent Amarelinha forward to challenge on the home turn and then urged her two lengths clear with a brilliant burst of speed. Amarelinha’s win handed Bosson his record-equalling fifth win in the New Zealand Oaks, tied with Chris Johnson for the most wins in the race.
  • Having drawn out wide, Jason Waddell needed to be at his very best to help steer Jennifer Eccles to victory in the New Zealand Oaks. Having claimed the Fillies’ classic and Lowland Stakes in the lead up to the event, she was a red-hot favourite to claim the event and despite drawing barrier 18 was still far too good for her rivals. Waddell weaved his way across the wide Trentham straight, and within 300m he had found a perfect midfield position, one off the rail. She soared to the front in the straight, and despite starting to tire over the last 100m, she cruised to an emphatic victory by a length and a half. The win handed trainer Shaune Ritchie a third win in the race.
  • The Lisa Latta-trained Sentimental Miss was a class above in the New Zealand Oaks when saluting by over a length. Despite being sent around as a $21 chance, Lisa Allpress helped make the filly look like a well-fancied runner when having her settled close to the speed throughout. Having only partnered Sentimental Miss on debut to a second-place result at Otaki, it was Lisa Allpress’ second start aboard the filly and she managed to hand a massive group of connections a Group 1 win with the talented, yet inconsistent filly.
  • Father and son training duo Michael & Matthew Pitman etched themselves in to the Group 1 record books when Savvy Coup claimed a smart win in the 2018 New Zealand Oaks. The win handed jockey Chris Johnson a record-breaking fifth win in the race, some 20 years after bringing up his fourth win. Savvy Coup settled midfield on the outer before Johnson made his move 800m from home. Despite seemingly hitting the lead a long way out from home, Savvy Coup kept kicking in the home straight to hold off market rival by just over a length.
  • The Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained Bonneval was breathtaking when claiming the 2017 New Zealand Oaks. She sat second last the outer and moved wide across the top and crucially missed two fallers before sweeping up third turning for home. Once she led at the 300m then the rest had their work cut out as this filly knows what the winning post is for and ended up scoring by half a length in 2:31.99.

New Zealand Oaks winners list (2000-now)

New Zealand Oaks Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2024 Pulchritudinous Warren Kennedy Chad Ormsby
2023 Pennyweka Ryan Elliot Jim Wallace
2022 Belle En Rouge Jason Laking Jamie Richards
2021 Amarelinha Opie Bosson Jamie Richards
2020 Jennifer Eccles Jason Waddell Shaune Ritchie
2019 Sentimental Miss Lisa Allpress Lisa Latta
2018 Savvy Coup Chris Johnson Michael & Matthew Pitman
2017 Bonneval Matt Cameron Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
2016 Fanatic Malcolm Hills Graeme Sanders
2015 Savaria Hayden Tinsley Roydon Bergerson
2014 Miss Mossman Jonathan Parkes John Sargent & Hayden Allen
2013 More Than Sacred Leith Innes Tony Pike & Mark Donoghue
2012 Miss Artistic Michael Coleman Shaune Ritchie
2011 Midnight Oil Rosie Myers Paul Duncan
2010 Keep The Peace Opie Bosson Shaune Ritchie
2009 Jungle Rocket James McDonald Jeff McVean
2008 Boundless Hayden Tinsley Stephen McKee
2007 Princess Coup Opie Bosson Mark Walker
2006 Legs David Walker Kevin Gray
2005 Justa Tad Vincent Colgan Rudy Liefting
2004 Wharite Princess Bruce Herd Lisa Latta
2003 Bramble Rose Opie Bosson Mark Todd
2002 Vapour Trail Scott Seamer Donna Logan
2001 Tapildo Mark Du Plessis Sheila Laxon
2000 She’s Country Opie Bosson Bruce Wallace

New Zealand Oaks past winners (pre-2000)

New Zealand Oaks Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Savannah Success
1998 Tycoon Lil
1997 Sawatdee
1996 Alacrity
1995 Tartan Tights
1994 Snap
1993 Miltak
1992 Staring
1991 Let’s Sgor
1990 Domino
1989 Regal Empress
1988 Candide
1987 Starline
1986 Royal Heights
1985 Solveig
1984 Zepherin
1983 Aulyn
1982 Maurita
1981 Glamour Bay
1980 Supreme Glory
1979 Tang
1978 Athenaia
1977 La Mer
1976 Eastern Time
1975 Princess Patrice
1974 Sweet Offer
1973 Race Not Held
1972 Brown Satin
1971 Young Ida
1970 Devante
1969 Princess Mellay
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