Held during the famous Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the 2013 Crown Oaks, formally known as the VRC Oaks, is the leading event for three-year-old fillies, and is their equivalent of the Victoria Derby for colts and geldings. Taking place on the first Thursday of November, the race is held exactly two days after the Melbourne Cup every year during the four-day Flemington Carnival.
This Group 1 event is one of the most lucrative races for fillies in the country with stakes set at over $1million. It 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.
|Crown Oaks 2013|
|Date:||Thursday 7 November 2013|
|Conditions:||Three-year-old Fillies at Set Weights (55.5kg)|
A traditional lead-up race to the Crown Oaks 2013 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).
Keep an eye out for in form entries trained by either Lee Freedman or Bart Cummings. Each of these leading trainers has won 4 of the last 20 Crown Oaks, truly dominating the race.
2013 Crown Oaks Odds
As the Crown Oaks is the major Spring distance race for 3 year old fillies, you can imagine that many factors will influence the Crown Oaks odds. If you don’t know where to start when analysing the odds, then our Crown Oaks odds page will get you started and help you make smarter bets.
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.
Crown Oaks Field
The Crown Oaks field is typically made up of the best 3 year old fillies, with many of the runners from the Wakeful Stakes often taking part. For more, please refer to our Crown Oaks field page, where the 2011 Crown Oaks field will be regularly updated with the latest information.
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.
Previous Crown Oaks Results
You won’t get much use out of the previous Crown Oaks results for betting purposes. However, we know how often arguments come up about the results of major horse races, so we have both Crown Oaks winners and Crown Oaks results pages for your convenience.
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.
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 bookmaker.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.