Oakleigh Plate

Oakleigh Plate

Group One Betting Guide
Location: Caulfield Racecourse
Prize Money: $500,000
Distance: 1100m

The Oakleigh Plate is a group 1 horse race ran over 1100m at Caulfield with a total purse of $500,000.

The popular sprint race generally features some of the best sprinters in Australia and the past winners list features some huge names, including Fastnet Rock (2005) and Eagle Falls (2011).

The race is the middle peg of the Melbourne Autumn Carnival sprinting series which also features the Group 1 Lightning Stakes and the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap.

Race under handicap conditions, the Oakleigh Plate has only ever had five winners which have carried more than 55.5kg over the journey.

2021 Oakleigh Plate betting odds

North Pacific North Pacific is the early favourite for the Oakleigh Plate after a brilliant spring campaign.

The 2021 running of the Oakleigh Plate looks to be an enthralling one, and bookies clearly can not find a runner they’re confident in as a market favourite.

North Pacific has opened as a $6 favourite for the Oakleigh Plate following a fine start to his three-year-old campaign in the spring. This will be his first campaign down south, but Team Hawkes clearly have a strong opinion about this colt.

On the second line of betting with odds of $8 stablemate North Pacific is Ole Kirk. He was last seen when winning the Caulfield Guineas back in October and has already beaten home North Pacific twice in their short careers and if the pair are to go head to head in the Oakleigh Plate it will be must watch racing.

The likes of Anders, Farnan and September Run are all at double figure odds, but should not be disregarded.

Best Oakleigh Plate bookmakers

When it comes to wagering on horse racing in Australia we have plenty of options with all the major corporates offering odds on every metro and TAB regional meeting across the country.

The Autumn Carnival is exceptionally popular with horse racing fans so there is generally a good spread of available bookie bonuses and other promotions surrounding events like the Oakleigh Plate.

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Oakleigh Plate form

Surprisingly the winner of the Lightning Stakes (1000m) is yet to race in and win the Oakleigh Plate. In fact only two horses — Starspangledbanner and Swiss Ace — have won the Lightning Stakes and raced the following week, with neither having any success.

One possible indicator is that fresh horses have a very good record in the race, with six of the last 11 winners being first up. Three of the other five were second up, which indicates that horses at the tail end of a campaign will not fare as well as fresh horses.

2020 Oakleigh Plate result

1stPippie ($12.00)
2ndZoutori (6.40)
3rdCrystal Dreamer ($9.90)

Recent runnings of the Oakleigh Plate

  • 2020
    Pippie was far too speedy for her rivals in the 2020 Oakleigh Plate with the 52kgs and an all the way victory proving the right formula. Linda Meech knew that if she got to the front on the mare she’d be hard to run down and despite the official margin back to Zoutori only being half a length, it was much more comfortable of a victory than what that portrays.
  • 2019
    The pre-race chatter was about Nature Strip heading into 2019 but the star sprinter’s race was run at the 200m mark, allowing the off-pacers to lay their claims. Booker was running in the middle of the pack but produced a powerful run the final 100m to win, holding off the fast-finishing Encryption and the brave Eduardo.
  • 2018
    Russian Revolution was the easing favourite coming into the Oakleigh Plate but those who followed the Snowden runner into the Plate were not disappointed. The horse looked to be traveling smoothly coming up to the turn but when Snitty Kitty threatened to run away with the race Mark Zahra had to push the button. Eventually Russian Revolution wore down the Kitty and won by half a length.
  • 2017
    Sheidel was well-backed in the lead-up for the 2017 Oakleigh Plate and the punters got it right on the money. The Lindsay Park-trained mare went forward from the barrier and led them a merry chase. Faatinah tried to close the gap in the straight with race favourite Extreme Choice closing in from well back, but Sheidel had too much in hand in scoring a one-length victory. Read the report here.
  • 2016
    Flamberge defied the bookmakers to record a famous victory for Peter Moody and Damien Lane. Jumping at $31 from barrier 15, Flamberge sat in fourth place for much of the run before accelerating to the lead in the straight. It was challenged hard by Fell Swoop ($14) but held on to win by a half head, with Heatherly, the $3.70 favourite, holding on for third after leading the field for much of the race.
  • 2015
    It was a famous 1-2 for Aquanita and Robert Smerdon Shamal Wind beating home Under The Louvre. Shamal Wind looked to be out of the race sitting fourth last but blistering final 400m helped the $10 shot beat home stablemate Under The Louvre ($17) while Fast ’N’ Rocking ($18) was a nose third.
  • 2014
    Craig Newitt steered Lankan Rupee to a sensational victory which was largely because of a withering run on the straight. Sitting pretty behind leaders Kuroshio and Minaj, Lankan Rupee got the perfect run before powering away at the 400m mark. Spirit of Boom ran home well but was over a length second. Knoydart ($5) ran on well to claim third. Spirit Of Boom jumped at $18 while Lankan Rupee had eased out to $4 on the track.
  • 2013
    Mrs Onassis ($16) was too good with jockey Kerrin McEvoy expertly setting up the win after jumping from barrier 12. He immediately crossed with the Gerry Harvey-owned horse to sit outside the leader Adebisi. Despite doing much of the heavy lifting throughout the race, Mrs Onassis beat home Facile Tigre ($15), while Spirit Of Boom ($11) ran on nicely to finish third.
  • 2012
    Woorim, trained by Robert Heathcote, came from the clouds to win the 2012 running of the Oakleigh Plate. The $21 shot, trained by Robert Heathcote, defeated the John O’Shea-trained Elite Falls ($51) and Facile Tigre, who was well back in third.

Past winners of the Oakleigh Plate

Year Winner
2020 Pippie
2019 Booker
2018 Russian Revolution
2017 Sheidel
2016 Flamberge
2015 Shamal Wind
2014 Lankan Rupee
2013 Mrs Onassis
2012 Woorim
2011 Eagle Falls
2010 Starspangledbanner
2009 Swiss Ace
2008 Weekend Hussler
2007 Undue
2006 Snitzel
2005 Fastnet Rock
2004 Reactive
2003 River Dove
2002 Sudurka
2001 Miss Kournikova
2000 Sports
1999 Dantelah
1998 Singing The Blues
1997 Spartacus
1996 Drum
1995 Khaptingly
1994 Kenvain
1993 Mookta
1992 Schillaci
1991 With Me
1990 Scarlet Bisque
1989 Clay Hero
1988 Snippets
1987 Placid Ark
1986 Coal Pak
1985 Mr. Illusion
1984 Mighty Avalanche
1983 Sans Rival
1982 Harpagus
1981 Gleaming Waters
1980 Turf Ruler
1979 Mistress Anne [36]
1978 Hartbalm
1977 Merger
1976 Kentland
1975 Zephyr Bay
1974 Tontonan
1973 Zambari
1972 Dual Choice[37]
1971 Dual Choice[38]
1970 Alrello
1969 Iga Ninja
1968 Magic Ruler
1967 Marmion
1966 Citius
1965 Time And Tide
1964 Pardon Me
1963 Kilshery
1962 New Statesman
1961 Gay Saba
1960 Power Duke
1959 Gold Stakes
1958 Dubbo
1957 Adelina
1956 Lucky Stride
1955 Dicast
1954 Birdwood
1953 Winlake
1952 Cromwell
1951 Regal Scout
1950 Spitfire
1949 San Domenico
1948 Tahmoor
1947 Kind Link
1946 Delina
1945 Ava
1944 Burberry
1943 Millais
1942 High Title
1941 Zonda
1940 Unishak
1939 Aurie’s Star
1938 Pamelus
1937 Aurie’s Star
1936 Belle Silhouette
1935 Arachne
1934 First Money
1933 Ibrani
1932 †Blematic / Umbertana
1931 †Merab / First Arrow
1930 Figure
1929 Day Dreamer
1928 Euston
1927 Baringhup
1926 Perspective
1925 Adrift
1924 Royal Thought
1923 Chelidon
1922 Wish Wynne
1921 ‡race not held
1920 Molly’s Robe
1919 Cielo
1918 Poitrina
1917 Woorak
1916 Tullia
1915 Brattle
1914 Popinjay
1913 Burri
1912 Queen Of Scots
1911 Blairgour
1910 Celerity
1909 Irishman
1908 Bright Steel
1907 Beresina
1906 Wandin [39]
1905 Abington
1904 Silenus [40]
1903 F.J.A [41]
1902 Drawbridge [42]
1901 Wakeful
1900 Veneda
1899 Stand Off
1898 Resolute
1897 So And So
1896 Coil
1895 Wakawatea
1894 Moorite
1893 Lord Hopetoun
1892 Camoola
1891 Wild Rose
1890 Titan
1889 Nectarine
1888 My Lord
1887 Surprise
1886 William Tell
1885 Marie Louise
1884 Malua

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