Kennedy 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.

2021 Kennedy Oaks Results

  • 1st: #2 Willowy
  • 2nd: #6 Douceur
  • 3rd: #4 Biscayne Bay



Held during the famous Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the 2021 Kennedy Oaks, registered as the VRC 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 Kennedy 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 Kennedy Oaks is raced over 2500m and the competing three-year-olds all carry set weights of 55.5kg. As the feature race of Kennedy Oaks Day it attracts much attention from the spectators and punters. Kennedy 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 2021 VRC Kennedy Oaks ran on Thursday November 4, 2021 and was won by the Wakeful Stakes winner and $3.70 favourite Willowy. 

 VRC Oaks 2021
Date: Thursday November 4, 2021
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 Kennedy Oaks 2021 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 VRC Oaks.

Willowy (2021), Miami Bound (2019) and Aristia (2018) are the latest fillies to complete the Wakeful Stakes – VRC Oaks double. 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 Kennedy 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 Kennedy 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).

2021 Kennedy Oaks Results

  • 1st: #2 Willowy ($3.70F)
  • 2nd: #6 Douceur
  • 3rd: #4 Biscayne Bay

The favourite backers enjoyed a thrilling win in the 2021 Kennedy Oaks results with James Cummings’ Wakeful Stakes winning Kermadec filly Willowy ($3.70F) handling a rise in class and distance to narrowly deny Douceur ($21) victory as jockey Damien Oliver celebrated his seventh win in the race and third in as many years.

Click here to read more on the tight Kennedy Oaks 2021 win by Willowy.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 WILLOWY James Cummings Damien Oliver 2 56kg $3.70F
2 6 DOUCEUR Patrick Payne Michael Dee 0.2L 11 56kg $21
3 4 BISCAYNE BAY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 2.2L 3 56kg $4.20
4 1 ELUSIVE EXPRESS (NZ) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 2.3L 8 56kg $7.50
5 3 DAISIES Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) James McDonald 2.6L 6 56kg $5.50
6 11 MORRISSETTE Simon Ryan Declan Bates 4.1L 9 56kg $15
7 7 GLINT OF HOPE (JPN) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 4.3L 1 56kg $8
8 8 TIZ MY BAY Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Luke Currie 8.8L 5 56kg $21
9 10 FABIOLA Ken & Kasey Keys Craig Newitt 12.55L 7 56kg $101
10 5 GONNADANCEALOT Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Dean Yendall 22.55L 4 56kg $91
11 9 BLACKCOMB Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 22.75L 10 56kg $61

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Kennedy Oaks Betting

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

The VRC Oaks 2021 betting odds will be provided by Ladbrokes.com.au below complete with links for you to back your VRC Oaks tips at the right price closer to the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2021.

Willowy ($3.70 in 2021) was the last favourite in Kennedy Oaks betting to salute for the punters.

2021 Kennedy Oaks Field

The 2021 Kennedy 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 Kennedy Oaks 2021 final field is now out featuring 11 hopeful fillies including last weekend’s Wakeful Stakes winner Willowy and the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Thousand Guineas runner-up Elusive Express.

Click here to read more on the key fillies in the 2021 Kennedy Oaks field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1×2312 ELUSIVE EXPRESS (NZ) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 8 56kg 95
2 35211 WILLOWY James Cummings Damien Oliver 2 56kg 92
3 45612 DAISIES Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) James McDonald 6 56kg 88
4 5121×783 BISCAYNE BAY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 3 56kg 75
5 9x521x80 GONNADANCEALOT Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Dean Yendall 4 56kg 65
6 1×6712763 DOUCEUR Patrick Payne Michael Dee 11 56kg 78
7 2332 GLINT OF HOPE (JPN) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 1 56kg 76
8 824×43356 TIZ MY BAY Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Luke Currie 5 56kg 63
9 4×52259 BLACKCOMB Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 10 56kg 64
10 74641 FABIOLA Ken & Kasey Keys Craig Newitt 7 56kg 61
11 43×444 MORRISSETTE Simon Ryan Declan Bates 9 56kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Kennedy Oaks Nominations

Early nominations for the Kennedy Oaks in 2021 close on Tuesday October 5, 2021 and will be published below once announced.

The Kennedy Oaks nominations are followed by first acceptances taken a fortnight later.

Click here to read more on the key fillies among the 2021 Kennedy Oaks field and betting markets.

2021 Kennedy Oaks First Acceptances

First acceptances for the Kennedy Oaks in 2021 close on Tuesday October 19, 2021. 

Kennedy Oaks Odds

The Kennedy 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 VRC 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 2021 VRC Oaks in our above betting section.

Kennedy Oaks Form Guide

A great resource to use when placing your bets is a VRC Oaks form guide, but you may have trouble using one if you are a beginner punter. Never fear, our VRC 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 Kennedy Oaks form guide is a last start winner with eight saluting between 2009 – 2021 including Pinot (2017) who backed up from a Group 3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m) victory on Caulfield Cup Day; and Aristia (2018), Miami Bound (2019) and Willowy (2021) who all completed the Wakeful Stakes – VRC Oaks double.

Kennedy Oaks Tips

While you might like to rely on the VRC 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 VRC Oaks tips page is designed to give you the basic knowledge you need to start coming up with sensible VRC Oaks tips based on horse records, lead up races and other information.

Free Bets on Kennedy Oaks

You may not know this, but it is possible to get free bets on the VRC 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 VRC Oaks bets.

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