Oakleigh Plate

Oakleigh Plate

Group One Betting Guide
When: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Location: Caulfield Racecourse
Prize Money: $750,000
Distance: 1100m

The Oakleigh Plate is a Group 1 horse race run over 1100m at Caulfield with a total purse of $750,000.

The popular sprint race generally features some of the best sprinters in Australia. The list of past winners 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 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes and the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap.

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

2023 Oakleigh Plate betting odds

Marabi ridden by Ben Allen claimed the 2022 Oakleigh Plate. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

The 2023 Oakleigh Plate odds are currently unavailable. Horsebetting.com.au will update this page as they come out.

Best Oakleigh Plate bookmakers

Australian punters have plenty of options for betting on horse racing, with all the major online bookmakers 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 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 12 winners being first up. Three of the other six were second up, which indicates that horses at the tail end of a campaign will not fare as well as fresh horses.

2022 Oakleigh Plate result

1stMarabi ($10.00)
2ndAway Game (9.00)
3rdOxley Road ($11.00)

Recent runnings of the Oakleigh Plate

  • The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Marabi ran her rivals into the ground in the 2022 Oakleigh Plate. Having settled outside race leader Malkovich and going along at rapid sectionals, Marabi showed her class when sprinting clear in the Group 1. Despite the official margin being just a half-length back to Away Game in second, the win felt a lot more comfortable for the mare who took her career record to seven wins from as many starts. Alongside a miaden Group 1 success for Marabi, it was also a first win at the highest level for jockey Ben Allen who had partnered Marabi in all but one of her previous six career starts.
  • As always the Oakleigh Plate was run at a breakneck speed, and when Portland Sky and Celebrity Queen paired off in the shadows of the winning post the judge couldn’t split them. When returning to the mounting yard young Teo Nugent was still unsure whether he had rode his first Group 1 winner or not, whereas William Pike was as cool as a cucumber after his ride on Celbrity Queen. After a five minute wait the judge could not split the pair and the spoils were shared.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and Mark Zahra had to push the button. Eventually Russian Revolution wore down the Kitty and won by half a length.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 a blistering final 400m helped the $10 shot beat home stablemate Under The Louvre ($17) while Fast ’N’ Rocking ($18) was a nose third.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Horse Jockey Trainer
2022 Marabi Ben Allen Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2021 Portland Sky/Celebrity Queen Teodore Nugent/William Pike Matt Laurie/Grant & Alana Williams
2020 Pippie Linda Meech John & Chris Meagher
2019 Booker Dean Yendall Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
2018 Russian Revolution Mark Zahra Peter & Paul Snowden
2017 Sheidel Joao Moreira David Hayes
2016 Flamberge Damian Lane Peter Moody
2015 Shamal Wind Dwayne Dunn Robert Smerdon
2014 Lankan Rupee Craig Newitt Mick Price
2013 Mrs Onassis Kerrin McEvoy Gerald Ryan
2012 Woorim Damian Browne Robert Heathcoate
2011 Eagle Falls Damien Oliver David Hayes
2010 Starspangledbanner Danny Nikolic Leon Corstens
2009 Swiss Ace Ken Pope Mick Mair
2008 Weekend Hussler Brad Rawiller Ross McDonald
2007 Undue Steven Arnold Shane Clarke
2006 Snitzel Craig Newitt Gerald Ryan
2005 Fastnet Rock Glen Boss Paul Perry
2004 Reactive Matt Pumpa Bryan Mayfield-Smith
2003 River Dove Stephen Baster Mathew Elerton
2002 Sudurka Nash Rawiller Bryan Mayfield-Smith
2001 Miss Kournikova Brett Prebble Mathew Ellerton
2000 Sports Danny Nikolic John Hawkes

Winners of the Oakleigh Plate Pre 2000

Year Horse
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
1978 Hartbalm
1977 Merger
1976 Kentland
1975 Zephyr Bay
1974 Tontonan
1973 Zambari
1972 Dual Choice
1971 Dual Choic
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
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
1905 Abington
1904 Silenus
1903 F.J.A
1902 Drawbridge
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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