Group One Betting Guide
|Date:||Thursday November 7, 2024|
|Location:||Flemington Racecourse – Melbourne, Victoria|
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.
2024 VRC Oaks Betting Odds
Markets for the 2024 VRC Oaks are currently unavailable.
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.
Latest VRC Oaks News
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, Willowy & She’s Extreme 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.
2024 VRC Oaks Final Field
HorseBetting will update this page when the 2024 VRC Oaks final field is released.
Previous VRC Oaks Fields
Plenty of future Group 1 superstar fillies have won the VRC Oaks. Check the previous fields of the Oaks here.
No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Tropical Squall Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 3 56kg 2 Zardozi James Cummings James McDonald 6 56kg 3 Amazonian Lass Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 13 56kg 4 Served Cold Danny O’Brien Blake Shinn 11 56kg 5 Harlow Mist John Sargent Michael Dee 9 56kg 6 Coco Sun Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 7 56kg 7 Basilinna Emma-Lee & David Browne Damien Oliver 2 56kg 8 Aethelflaed Matthew Smith Mark Zahra 12 56kg 9 Wings Of Song Patrick Payne Billy Egan 14 56kg 10 Ethel Maude Pat Carey & Harris Walker Rhys McLeod 10 56kg 11 Peaky Ridge Peter Chow Declan Bates 8 56kg 12 Vieste Benjamin Smith Dean Yendall 5 56kg 13 Another You Dan O’Sullivan Jamie Kah 1 56kg 14 Everlasting Kiss Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 4 56kg No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 She’s Extreme Anthony Cummings Tommy Berry 1 56kg 2 Zennzella Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 6 56kg 3 Renaissance Woman Bjorn Baker Rachel King 8 56kg 4 Pavitra Richard & Will Freedman Jamie Kah 10 56kg 5 Foxy Cleopatra Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Blake Shinn 9 56kg 6 Let’sbefrankbaby Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Lachlan King 3 56kg 7 As Time Goes By Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 5 56kg 8 Queen Air Lindsey Smith Blaike McDougall 7 56kg 9 Sirius Princess Trevor Andrews Dean Holland 11 56kg 10 Makrana Mark & Levi Kavanagh Michael Dee 4 56kg 11 Albanian Icon Paul Koumis Alana Kelly 2 56kg No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Elusive Express Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 8 56kg 2 Willowy James Cummings Damien Oliver 2 56kg 3 Daisies Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr James McDonald 6 56kg 4 Biscayne Bay Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 3 56kg 5 Gonnadancealot Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Dean Yendall 4 56kg 6 Douceur Patrick Payne Michael Dee 11 56kg 7 Glint Of Hope Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 1 56kg 8 Tiz My Bay Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Luke Currie 5 56kg 9 Blackcomb Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 10 56kg 10 Fabiola Ken & Kasey Keys Craig Newitt 7 56kg 11 Morrissette Simon Ryan Declan Bates 9 56kg No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Montefilia David Payne Hugh Bowman 5 56kg 2 Personal Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damien Oliver 10 56kg 3 Cafe Rizu Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr Craig Newitt 14 56kg 4 Succeed Indeed Leon & Troy Corstens Mark Zahra 13 56kg 5 Salto Angel Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 9 56kg 6 Miravalle Mark Newnham Craig Williams 6 56kg 7 Tyche Goddess Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Kerrin McEvoy 3 56kg 8 Biarchi David Jolly John Allen 1 56kg 9 Star Of Eden Michael Moroney Billy Egan 2 56kg 10 Art Glass Grahame Begg William Pike 12 56kg 11 Vilanculos Danny O’Brien Jamie Kah 7 56kg 12 Hard Squeeze Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Dean Yendall 8 56kg 13 Yatton Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 4 56kg 14 Swindon Lass Matthew Brown Brian Higgins 11 56kg
2023 VRC Oaks result
Recent VRC Oaks winners
- Zardozi ($2.80) made a mess of her rivals in the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) on Thursday afternoon at Flemington, giving the James Cummings stable two wins in the last three editions of the fillies’ staying feature. It comes after being narrowly defeated as an odds-on favourite in Saturday’s Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) by Amazonian Lass ($10.00), who was able to pinch a break on the home turn to secure victory. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained trained filly attempted similar tactics on Thursday under Tim Clark, as Amazonian Lass pinged the lids from barrier 13. The stablemate Tropical Squall ($5.50) got a lovely position in transit in behind the speed, as did Basilinna ($7.50) under Damian Oliver as he searched for an astonishing eighth VRC Oaks success. Meanwhile, James McDonald and Zardozi were happy to smoke the pipe with a mid-field sit, leaving the heavily supported Aethelflaed ($6.00) to stalk the favourite every step of the way. When the race went on and the whips were cracking, the best stayers were left to attack the line with 400m to travel, and realistically, there was only one horse you wanted to be on. Zardozi stormed clear with 200m to travel, leaving her rivals fighting out the minor money, as Aethelflaed continued gamely into a second-place finish, while it just wasn’t to be for Oliver in his final VRC Oaks, settling for a third-place finish aboard Basilinna. It was all honours to the winner in the end, as the daughter of Kingman justified the short quote, winning by a margin of 2.3 lengths.
- Group 1 races do not often get run to script, but the way the Anthony Cummings-trained She’s Extreme claimed Oaks glory could not have been scripted any better. From barrier one, Tommy Berry had the filly stalking the speed throughout the 2500m event, she needed a gap at the top of the straight, she got it; she needed to quicken, she did that and went on to win eased-down in a deadset canter. The win handed She’s Extreme a second Group 1 success.
- 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|
|2023||Zardozi||James McDonald||James Cummings|
|2022||She’s Extreme||Tommy Berry||Anthony Cummings|
|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|