Crown Oaks Day Results 2011 – Flemington Winners & Wrap-Up

As expected Crown Oaks Day 2011 was a terrific day full of elite racing action, and below punters can find the full Flemington race results listing the top four finishers along with the winning times and margins for the nine spring showdowns on the card.


2011 Crown Oaks winner Mosheen was the headline runner at Flemington on Thursday

The day got underway with the $100,000 La Vie En Rose Vase (1800m) where trainer Robert Hickmott and jockey Nicholas Hall secured their maiden spring success at Flemington with Fawkner saluting for the punters.

It was an interesting opening to 2011 Crown Oaks Day with the two equal favourites finishing at opposite ends of the field, Fawkner the winner while Dead End dropped away to finish 12 lengths away last.

The favourite got rolled in the next with the Peter Snowden-trained Cliques finishing third to Peter Morgan’s Oasis Bloom in the $100,000 Crown Promenade Trophy (1700m), the winner a filly to watch having just her second career start on Crown Oaks Day.

Class prevailed in the third, which was also the opening black-type feature of Crown Oaks Day, with Group 1 winner Ortensia powering home to win the $150,000 Listed G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m) in her first start since May and her first start for new trainer Paul Messara.

An upset in the fourth saw Liam Birchley’s $15 chance Emmalene beat a top field of more fancied fillies including runner-up Miss Stellabelle and third placed Anise in the $150,000 Listed Gucci Stakes (1200m).

Always a popular race on Crown Oaks Day is the greys-only which ran as the fifth, Robbie Griffiths’ Cranbourne galloper Dash For Viz bringing their provincial circuit form to town for an upset win in the $100,000 TCL 3D TV Plate (1400m).

The headline race of the day was of course the sixth, the $1 million Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) won in breathtaking style by Robert Smerdon’s superstar in the making Mosheen.

Having been denied Group 1 glory by two of the best in the business when second to Sepoy as a two-year-old in the Golden Slipper and then again to Atlantic Jewel in the Thousand Guineas this season, Mosheen had no trouble jumping from the mile to the 2500 metres and lead-all-the-way before racing off to put an incredible nine lengths on her Crown Oaks rivals.

It wasn’t over after the Crown Oaks either with three more races left to run, Mick Price’s progressive More Than Ready colt Proliferate saluting in the next to maintain their undefeated record to date with an eye-catching effort in the $150,000 Listed Myer Spring Fashion Stakes (1800m).

The last of the Listed events on Crown Oaks Day was race eight, the $150,000 Listed Swisse Vitamins Stakes (1000m) won by Rocking Force in an upset, before things came to a close with the $100,000 The Grazia Ultimate Style Guide (1600m) just before six pm Melbourne time.

See how your Crown Oaks Day bets, predictions and selections went with full Flemington race results from the day listed below.

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Flemington Race 1 – La Vie En Rose Vase (1800m)

  • 1st: #7 Fawkner
  • 2nd: #5 Bellissimo
  • 3rd: #12 Ulundi
  • 4th: Rialya
  • Winning Time: 1:49.56
  • Winning Margin: 3.3L

Race Review: Fawkner hands Robert Hickmott his first spring win at Flemington, the Reset four-year-old never going to be beaten once they took over with 150 metres to go to power away for a tidy three length win.

Flemington Race 2 – Crown Promenade Trophy (1700m)

  • 1st: #7 Oasis Bloom
  • 2nd: #6 Princess Rock
  • 3rd: #1 Cliques
  • 4th: #3 Twilighting
  • Winning Time: 1:44.34
  • Winning Margin: 0.1L

Race Review: Gritty final-stride win by an up and coming filly having just their second career start, Oasis Bloom hanging on for victory in a thrilling photo-finish after a late challenge by Princess Rock down the outside.

Flemington Race 3 – G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m)

  • 1st: #2 Ortensia
  • 2nd: #4 Balmont
  • 3rd: #15 Miss Octopussy
  • 4th: #13 Dystopia
  • Winning Time: 1:3.22
  • Winning Margin: 2.0L

Race Review: Ortensia was right back to her best after a long spell, soaring up through the middle of this field to power home and show her class. Surprisingly this was the former Group 1 The Galaxy winner’s maiden Flemington success.

Flemington Race 4 – Gucci Stakes (1200m)

  • 1st: #7 Emmalene
  • 2nd: #2 Miss Stellabelle
  • 3rd: #3 Anise
  • 4th: #9 Shopaholic
  • Winning Time: 1:10.72
  • Winning Margin: 0.5L

Race Review: The favouites didn’t have enough to run down this progressive Jet Spur filly who is now three from four in her career. Successful trip to Melbourne for Brisbane trainer Liam Birchley with Emmalene proving her ability against a strong field.

Flemington Race 5 – TCL 3D TV Plate (1400m)

  • 1st: #9 Dash For Viz
  • 2nd: #2 Chosen To Fly
  • 3rd: #11 Emboldened
  • 4th: #12 Grand Britannia
  • Winning Time: 1:10.72
  • Winning Margin: 0.5L

Race Review: Dashalot lead this field right until the turn for home but once on the straight it was a real fight for the lead. Eventually Emboldened hit the front but in the end it was Dash For Viz who flew home with a photo finish for second. Dash For Viz had good form on the provincial cirucuti an was too strong for them on Crown Oaks Day.

Flemington Race 6 – Crown Oaks (2500m)

  • 1st: #1 Mosheen
  • 2nd: #2 Dowager Queen
  • 3rd: #5 Roma Giaconda
  • 4th: #7 Vittoria
  • Winning Time: 2:39.39
  • Winning Margin: 9.0L

Race Review: Mosheen put to bed any doubts over her ability to stay, Smerdon’s class filly jumping from 1600 metres to 2500 metres with no worries at all. Hitting the front soon after jumping Mosheen dictated the pace in her distance test, getting an easy run settling into nice rhythm with no pressure. On the straight she left them for dead sprinting away to win by nine lengths leaving open the question just how many lengths could Atlantic Jewel have won by.

Flemington Race 7 – Myer Spring Fashion Stakes (1800m)

  • 1st: #3 Proliferate
  • 2nd: #11 Vincente
  • 3rd: #2 Euryale
  • 4th: #9 Sleep’N Pete
  • Winning Time: 1:50.62
  • Winning Margin: 1.3L

Race Review: Rewarding a masterful training effort for Mick Price, progressive More Than Ready colt Proliferate maintained their flawless career record winning their third race from as many starts. Proving themselves as a definite stayer to watch, and one with a huge future looking towards the autumn and the AJC Oaks, Proliferate got a nice run down near the rails to score a Crown Oaks Day success having moved very quickly from a Geelong maiden to this.

Flemington Race 8 – Swisse Vitamins Stakes (1000m)

  • 1st: #17 Rocking Force
  • 2nd: #10 Canali
  • 3rd: #4 Perturbo
  • 4th: #7 Cascabel
  • Winning Time: 57.58
  • Winning Margin: 0.1L

Race Review: In a juicy paying Quinella Rocking Force held on in a tight photo finish in the eighth, the always honest Oamaru Force seven-year-old recording their fifth career success from 17 starts – a light record for their age – and their 14th top three finish.

Flemington Race 9 – The Grazia Ultimate Style Guide (1600m)

  • 1st: #2 Its Prince
  • 2nd: #3 Belgietto
  • 3rd: #11 Snow Cover
  • 4th: #4 Cosmic Causeway
  • Winning Time: 1-36.89
  • Winning Margin: 0.1L