VRC Oaks

VRC Oaks
Date: November 8, 2018
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Prize Money: $1 Million
Distance: 2,500m

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.

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.

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2018 VRC Oaks result


1stAristia ($5.60)
2ndGreysful Glamour ($4.40)
3rdMiner’s Miss ($5.10)

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 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 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 their 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 track careers.

Betting on the VRC Oaks

Lasqueti Spirit
Lasqueti Spirit ($151) was an aberration in a race that usually favours the favourites.

The VRC Oaks has been a favourites race in recent history with Set Square, Mosheen and Brazilian Pulse 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.

There a pair of lead in races which helps punters enormously coming into the Oaks.

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.

Recent VRC Oaks winners

  • 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 Oaks fields in history with the large majority of entrants offering little in their careers.

Previous VRC Oaks winners

VRC Oaks past winners
Year VRC Oaks Past Winner
2018 Aristia
2017 Pinot
2016 Lasqueti Spirit
2015 Jameka
2014 Set Square
2013 Kirramosa
2012 Dear Demi
2011 Mosheen
2010 Brazilian Pulse
2009 Faint Perfume
2008 Samantha Miss
2007 Arapaho Miss
2006 Miss Finland
2005 Serenade Rose
2004 Hollow Bullet
2003 Special Harmony
2002 Bulla Borghese
2001 Magical Miss
2000 Lovelorn
1999 Tributes
1998 Grand Archway
1997 Kensington Palace
1996 My Brightia
1995 Saleous
1994 Northwood Plume
1993 Arborea
1992 Slight Chance
1991 Richfield Lady
1990 Weekend Delight
1989 Tristanagh
1988 Research
1987 Sandy’s Pleasure
1986 Diamond Shower
1985 My Tristram’s Belle
1984 Spirit Of Kingston
1983 Taj Eclipse
1982 Rom’s Stiletto
1981 Rose Of Kingston
1980 November Rain
1979 Brava Jeannie
1978 Scomeld
1977 Show Ego
1976 Surround
1975 Denise’s Joy
1974 Leica Show
1973 Bonnybel
1972 Toltrice
1971 Kiss Me Cait
1970 Sanderae
1969 Goliette
1968 Double Steel
1967 Chosen Lady
1966 Farmer’s Daughter
1965 Gipsy Queen
1964 Light Fingers
1963 Jingle Bells
1962 Arctic Star
1961 Indian Summer
1960 Lady Sybil
1959 Mintaway
1958 Chicola
1957 Amarco
1956 Innesfell
1955 Evening Peal
1954 Lady Mogambo
1953 Waltzing Lady
1952 Waterlady
1951 Lady Havers
1950 True Course
1949 Chicquita
1948 Grey Nurse
1947 Nizam’s Ring
1946 Sweet Chime
1945 Cherie Marie
1944 Provoke
1943 Three Wheeler
1942 East End
1941 Primavera
1940 Session
1939 Triode
1938 French Gem
1937 Prairie Moon
1936 Siren
1935 Nalda
1934 Alinura
1933 Golden Hair
1932 Protea
1931 Gallantic
1930 Barbette
1929 Lineage
1928 Opera Queen
1927 Ninbela
1926 Lanson
1925 Redshank
1924 Miss Disraeli
1923 Frances Tressady
1922 Scarlet
1921 Furious
1920 Mufti
1919 Hyades
1918 Stagegirl
1917 Folly Queen
1916 Thana
1915 Rosanna
1914 Carlita
1913 Mint Sauce
1912 Moe
1911 Wilari
1910 Styria
1909 Lady San
1908 Nushka
1907 Lady Rylstone
1906 Yabba Gabba
1905 Lady Wallace
1904 Red Streak
1903 Sweet Nell
1902 Fishery
1901 Beanba
1900 Haulette
1899 Nitre
1898 Symmetry
1897 Eleusive
1896 Thunder Queen
1895 Auraria
1894 Regina
1893 The Dauphine
1892 Etra Weenie
1891 Tiraillerie
1890 Litigant
1889 Spice
1888 Pearlshell
1887 Dainty
1886 The Nun
1885 Uralla
1884 Venetia
1883 Quality
1882 Vaucluse
1881 Royal Maid
1880 Sapphire
1879 Petrea
1878 Melita
1877 Pardon
1876 Briseis
1875 Maid Of All Work
1874 Gaslight
1873 Rose D’amour
1872 Sunshine
1871 Formosa
1870 Florence
1869 Kestrel
1868 My Dream
1867 Sylvia
1866 Sea Gull
1865 Lady Heron
1864 Illumination
1863 Aruma
1862 Modesty
1861 Palestine