Crown Oaks

The VRC Oaks is the feature event of Oaks Day, also known as Ladies Day, at Flemington Racecourse on the third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

2017 VRC Oaks Results

  • 1st: #4 Pinot
  • 2nd: #3 Bring Me Roses
  • 3rd: #6 Hiyaam



Held during the famous Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the 2017 Crown Oaks, registered as the VRC Oaks and run in 2017 as the Kennedy Oaks, is the leading event for three-year-old fillies and is their equivalent of the Victoria Derby held five days earlier on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Taking place on the first Thursday of November, the VRC Oaks is held exactly two days after the Melbourne Cup every year at Flemington Racecourse.

This Group 1 event is one of the most lucrative races for fillies in the country with stakes set at over $1 million. The Crown Oaks is raced over 2500m and the competing three-year-olds all carry set weights of 55.5kg. As the feature race of Crown Oaks Day it attracts much attention from the spectators and punters. Crown Oaks Day itself is also known as “Ladies Day” and sees the Fashions on the Field competition take place, ensuring a large crowd attendance each year.

The 2017 VRC Crown Oaks ran Thursday November 9, 2017 as the Kennedy Oaks.

Crown Oaks 2017
Date: Thursday November 9, 2017
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Conditions: Three-year-old Fillies at Set Weights (55.5kg)
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1 million
Inaugurated: 1861

A traditional lead-up race to the Crown Oaks 2017 is the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) held the week before, and the Wakeful Stakes winner often continues on to claim victory or at least place in the Crown Oaks. Other good races to watch earlier on, if you are interested in taking advantage of the more generous betting odds offered on the fillies for the Crown Oaks before the running of the Wakeful Stakes, include the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) or the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m). Both of these races are often used as a final lead up to the Oaks for the runners.

The 2500m distance of the Crown Oaks often proves difficult for the lower quality fillies, and the winner is more often than not an elite turf champion. Notable winners include Samantha Miss (2008), Miss Finland (2006), Special Harmony (2003) and Magical Miss (2001).

View the full Crown Oaks Day 2017 program by following the link.

2017 VRC Oaks Results

  • 1st: #4 Pinot
  • 2nd: #3 Bring Me Roses
  • 3rd: #6 Hiyaam

See below for the full VRC Oaks 2017 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more about the win by Pierro filly Pinot who backed-up off an Ethereal Stakes victory and handed co-trainer Gai Waterhouse her first win in the feature.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 4 PINOT Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 6 55.5kg $5.50
2 3 BRING ME ROSES Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 1.25L 7 55.5kg $31
3 6 HIYAAM (NZ) Mick Price Michael Dee 2.75L 5 55.5kg $21
4 2 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Blake Shinn 2.85L 10 55.5kg $6.50
5 12 MISS ADMIRATION Mick Price Noel Callow 2.95L 1 55.5kg $151
6 1 ALOISIA (NZ) Aaron Purcell Luke Nolen 3.15L 9 55.5kg $1.80F
7 5 RIMRAAM (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 3.25L 12 55.5kg $16
8 8 RELIABLE DAME (NZ) Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 7.25L 4 55.5kg $26
9 9 SWEET MISCHIEF Tony McEvoy Ms Jamie Kah 7.35L 3 55.5kg $91
10 10 FOUR KOALAS Brian McGrath Hugh Bowman 12.35L 8 55.5kg $101
11 7 LUCKY LOUIE Anthony & Edward Cummings Ben Melham 12.85L 11 55.5kg $71
12 11 CIRCULEIGHT Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 27.85L 2 55.5kg $101

2017 Crown Oaks Tips

  • 1st: #1 Aloisia
  • 2nd: #2 Luvaluva
  • 3rd: #5 Rimraam

Follow the link to our full 2017 VRC Oaks Trifecta Tip & Betting Preview, the Races.com.au team sticking with the deserving odds-on favourite ALOISIA ($1.55) who will fly over 2500m after smashing the colts & geldings in The Vase by a runaway margin in a serious staying performance last start. LUVALUVA ($8.50) won the Wakeful Stakes from behind on Derby Day and is out to do the double Kirramosa (2013), also John Sargent-trained, most recently achieved. RIMRAAM ($17) is a nice value place chance for Lindsay Park with the lead-up through the Ethereal Stakes (2nd) and Wakeful Stakes (3rd) and the 100% place rate over her seven start career.

2017 Crown Oaks Betting

Crown Oaks betting is very popular, as everyone is still very enthusiastic about racing in the days after the Melbourne Cup. Our Crown Oaks betting pages are your guide to the many types of Crown Oaks bets you can make, with information on picking and placing a Crown Oaks trifecta, a Crown Oaks exacta, a Crown Oaks quinella, or a Crown Oaks First Four bet.

The VRC Oaks 2017 betting odds will be provided by Ladbrokes.com.au below complete with links for you to back your Crown Oaks tips at the right price closer to the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2017!

2017 Crown Oaks Field

The 2017 Crown Oaks field will be released by Racing Victoria on the Monday of race week, one day before Melbourne Cup Day, and will be published below.

The official 2017 Kennedy VRC Oaks Final Field & Barriers attracted a dozen three-year-old fillies dominated by early odds-on favourite Aloisia who won the Thousand Guineas before blitzing the boys in the Moonee Valley Vase last time out. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Ethereal Stakes winner chasing three wins on the trot also is the danger in the Kennedy Oaks field.

Read more on the full 2017 VRC Oaks Field & Betting Markets.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barier Weight
1 52x12x511 ALOISIA (NZ) Aaron Purcell Luke Nolen 9 55.5kg
2 177621 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Blake Shinn 10 55.5kg
3 43210 BRING ME ROSES Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 7 55.5kg
4 92211 PINOT Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 6 55.5kg
5 22×22123 RIMRAAM (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 12 55.5kg
6 5×1234 HIYAAM (NZ) Mick Price Michael Dee 5 55.5kg
7 2x47x45369 LUCKY LOUIE Anthony & Edward Cummings Ben Melham 11 55.5kg
8 86×9714 RELIABLE DAME (NZ) Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 4 55.5kg
9 7237 SWEET MISCHIEF Tony McEvoy Ms Jamie Kah 3 55.5kg
10 9964428 FOUR KOALAS Brian McGrath Hugh Bowman 8 55.5kg
11 3×2862 CIRCULEIGHT Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 2 55.5kg
12 066×840 MISS ADMIRATION Mick Price Noel Callow 1 55.5kg

2017 Crown Oaks Nominations

The official Crown Oaks Nominations for 2017 close in late September and will be provided below as soon as announced by Racing Victoria.

View the full 2017 Crown Oaks Nominations by following the link.

Crown Oaks Odds

The Crown Oaks odds on the possible three-year-old fillies to face off in the million dollar classic open at bookmakers around the country as soon as the Crown Oaks nominations close in late September. The VRC Oaks odds firm as the race date approaches so for value check out the all-in odds for the Crown Oaks below.

Crown Oaks Form Guide

A great resource to use when placing your bets is a Crown Oaks form guide, but you may have trouble using one if you are a beginner punter. Never fear, our Crown Oaks form guide page is here to inform you of what the various details on a form guide mean for each horse and how to use a form guide to improve your betting.

One thing to look for on the Crown Oaks form guide is a last start winner with five saluting between 2009 – 2017 including Pinot (2017) who backed up from a Group 3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m) victory on Caulfield Cup Day.

Crown Oaks Tips

While you might like to rely on the Crown Oaks tips you get from the paper, you will do much better if you come up with your own tips. With that in mind, our Crown Oaks tips page is designed to give you the basic knowledge you need to start coming up with sensible Crown Oaks tips based on horse records, lead up races and other information.

Free Bets on Crown Oaks

You may not know this, but it is possible to get free bets on the Crown Oaks when you bet at an online bookie. New members at sites like Ladbrokes.com.au are offered special bonus bets as a reward for joining, and these can be used for wagers on major races. Take a look at some of the online bookmakers we feature if you want some free Crown Oaks bets.

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