Oakleigh Plate

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 Newmarket Handicap.

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

The last running of the Oakleigh Plate was on February 27, 2016, with Flamberge victorious. The next running of the Oakleigh Plate will be on February 25, 2017.

Oakleigh Plate betting sites

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.

Futures markets are not generally released on the Oakleigh Plate as their are no lead up races of note, so betting interest doesn’t really peak until the fields are released in the week before the event.

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2017 Oakleigh Plate result

1st: Sheidel – $7.30
2nd: Faatinah – $9.90
3rd: Extreme Choice – $1.70

Quinella – $111.30
Trifecta – $1426.40
First Four – $7157.70

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 five of the last 10 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.

Recent runnings

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.

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Oakleigh Plate – Past winners

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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