Group One Betting Guide
|Date:||Thursday November 3, 2022|
If you’re a fan of three-year-old filly racing in Australia then look no further than the VRC Oaks.
The Oaks is run on the Thursday after the Melbourne Cup and it is traditionally the day dedicated to ladies of the race track – as the moniker of “Ladies Day” would suggest.
While many attend the Thursday without racing at the forefront of their minds, VRC Oaks Day it is a highly-respected day of racing, with the group 1 race the major highlights.
The VRC Oaks is often called the mares equivalent of the VRC Derby, which is held earlier in the spring carnival, and holds similar appeal for punters.
2022 VRC Oaks Betting Odds
Best VRC Oaks bookmakers
The VRC Oaks is one of the most best female races on the Australian racing calendar and there’s always markets up well in advance of the race date.
The team at Horse Betting has put together comprehensive reviews of our trusted online bookmakers which all offer markets on the VRC Oaks.
The best horse racing betting sites will offer many different bet types on the VRC Oaks, with these including futures, where you can wager on a horse to make the field, finish top three or win the big event.
As the VRC Oaks draws closer, online bookmakers will up the anti surrounding betting, with options such as same race multis, trifectas, first four bets and many others available. Australian betting sites generally have got downloadable betting apps available.
VRC Oaks history and race details
The Oaks is for fillies only and coincides with the “Fashions on the Field” which is a fashion competition held by the Victorian Racing Club.
One of the most popular days on the Australian racing calendar, the VRC Oaks day boasted a crowd of over 110,000 people in 2004 which is a record for the day.
The race changed from 2400 metres to 2500 metres in 1973 and gained Group 1 race status in 1979, where it was won by Brava Jeannie.
Because it is held so late in the Spring it is often more a case of what horses are still able to continue preparations this late into the carnival.
While it provides a great idea of a horses courage and stamina as a three year old, there have been plenty of great horses to have run unsuccessfully in a VRC Oaks and go on to experience great things in their race track careers.
Betting on the VRC Oaks
The VRC Oaks has been a favourites race in recent history with Set Square, Mosheen, Brazilian Pulse and Willowy all being well favoured in the market.
Punters are usually good at determining which horses will see out the distance so look for this when doing the form for the upcoming VRC Oaks at Flemington.
The Group 2 Wakeful Stakes is often a race which gives a good gauge of the form heading into the VRC Oaks, with it coming on the Saturday before the race.
Another which often provides an indicator is the Thousand Guineas, which is an earlier race in the spring, dedicated to three year old fillies. It has proven a deceptively good guide despite only being over a 1600m journey.
2021 VRC Oaks result
Recent VRC Oaks winners
- James Cummings and Damien Oliver combined for their second Group 1 success this Melbourne Cup Carnival as Willowy claimed the VRC Oaks. Having won the Wakeful Stakes on Saturday, the daughter of Kermadec became the 38th filly to complete the double in the same week, while the victory also gave Oliver his seventh win in the race. After settling midfield, Willowy had to really knuckle down to the task late to get past Douceur, who looked home at the 100m pole, but the champion hoop lifted his mount over the line to win by two-tenths of a length.
- On the quick back up having raced in the Wakeful Stakes on the Saturday, it was the Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes-trained Personal who romped home the 2020 VRC Oaks. Having settled in the second half of the field and on the back of a perfectly-timed steer, Personal was able to hit the lead inside the final 100m to charge clear and bring up a deserved Group 1 victory, having finished in the Thousand Guineas to Ole Kirk two starts prior.
- Despite needing to travel three-wide with cover the entire race, the Danny O’Brien-trained Miami Bound proved too class for her rivals in a dominant win in the Oaks. Having put some three-lengths on her closest rival, it was one-act affair in the 2019 Oaks, with Damien Oliver able to ease her down over the final 50m en route to his fifth win in the race.
- All the pre-race chatter ahead of the 2018 Oaks was about Darren Weir and his trio of chances, but Wakeful Stakes winner Aristia went from Group 2 to G1 winner in the space of seven days. The filly settled beautifully in the run and got a gun ride from Damien Lane in transit. Chasing Greysful Glamour into the straight, Aristia relished having a horse to chase, taking the front in dying stages and staying on to record a famous victory for Zahra and Ellerton.
- It was one of the last races that had eluded Gai Waterhouse over the last two decades, but Pinot turned the tables for the champion trainer in 2017. All the pre-race chatter was about gun prospect and odds-on favourite Aloisia, but when she wilted in the straight the Oaks was Pinot’s for the taking. A poor start at the gates may have ironically helped win the Oaks for Pinot, which circled the field with ease and stomped her rivals into the ground.
- Lasqueti Spirit scored the biggest VRC Oaks upset in history when winning at odds of $151. The Lee Curtis-trained filly scored the fairytale win for its connections after one of the best rides throughout the Melbourne spring carnival. Brenton Avdulla pinched a big lead on the daughter of Beneteau and its rivals never looked nicely. Favourite Yankee Rose was beaten by over 20 lengths, but it pulled up with a problem. Read full report.
- Jameka established itself as one of the best staying fillies in Australia after scoring a 2.25-length win. The Ciaron Maher-trained runner handled the wet conditions best in what was a heavy Flemington surface. Damien Oliver provided a peach of a ride when beating the likes of Honesta, Ambience and Pasadena Girl.
- Set Square provided somewhat of an upset when winning in 2014. Ciaron Maher scored the first of two successive wins in the VRC Oaks when the $7.50 chance burst through to win by 1.5 lengths. The Reset filly was paying double figures when markets opened, but a big push from its punting owners saw the three-year-old start much shorter. The beaten lot didn’t amount to much, but the win was full of class.
- John Sargent was confident with Kirramosa leading into the VRC Oaks, as were punters who took the $2.50 on offer. The three-year-old filly by Alamosa started as one of the shortest Oaks runners in recent history, but the win wasn’t as easy as expected. It held on to win by only a head over Zanbagh, which finished only a short head in front of Solicit. It was one of the better Oaks field in history which also included Arabian Gold and May’s Dream.
- Dear Demi was another popular winner of the VRC Oaks and punters got the chocolates again. The filly by Dehere won at odds of $4.90 over the well-favoured Zydeci, which finished 1.25 lengths back. Jim Cassidy was the winning rider and his personality was a nice touch to the post-race commentary. It is considered as one of the worst VRC Oaks fields in history with the large majority of entrants offering little in their careers.
Previous VRC Oaks winners
|VRC Oaks Past Winners|
|2021||Willowy||Damien Oliver||James Cummings|
|2020||Personal||Damien Oliver||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes|
|2019||Miami Bound||Damien Oliver||Danny O’Brien|
|2018||Aristia||Damian Lane||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra|
|2017||Pinot||Stephen Baster||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|2016||Lasqueti Spirit||Brendan Avdulla||Lee Curtis|
|2015||Jameka||Damien Oliver||Ciaron Maher|
|2014||Set Square||Hugh Bowman||Ciaron Maher|
|2013||Kirramosa||Nash Rawiller||John Sargent|
|2012||Dear Demi||Jim Cassidy||Clarry Conners|
|2011||Mosheen||Danny Nikloic||Robert Smeardon|
|2010||Brazilian Pulse||Craig Williams||Michael Moroney|
|2009||Faint Perfume||Michael Rodd||Bart Cummings|
|2008||Samantha Miss||Hugh Bowman||Kris Lees|
|2007||Arapaho Miss||Corey Brown||Pat Carey|
|2006||Miss Finland||Craig Williams||David Hayes|
|2005||Serenade Rose||Steven King||Lee Freedman|
|2004||Hollow Bullet||David Taggart||John McArdle|
|2003||Special Harmony||Damien Oliver||Lee Freedman|
|2002||Bulla Borghese||Chris Munce||Ron Quinton|
|2001||Magical Miss||Steven Arnold||Bart Cummings|
|2000||Loverlorn||Brett Prebble||John Hawkes|
VRC Oaks Past Winners Pre 2000
|VRC Oaks Past Winners Pre 2000|
|1985||My Tristram’s Belle|
|1984||Spirit Of Kingston|
|1981||Rose Of Kingston|
|1971||Kiss Me Cait|
|1875||Maid Of All Work|