VRC Oaks

The VRC Oaks, currently known as the Kennedy 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.

2023 VRC Oaks Results

  • 1st: #2 Zardozi
  • 2nd: #8 Aethelflaed
  • 3rd: #7 Basilinna



Held during the famous Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the 2023 VRC Oaks, formerly known as the Crown Oaks and currently known as the Kennedy Oaks due to sponsorship, 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.

The VRC Oaks is held exactly two days after the Melbourne Cup every year at Flemington Racecourse in early November.

This Group 1 event is one of the most lucrative races for fillies in the country with stakes set at over $1 million.

The VRC Oaks is raced over 2500m and the competing three-year-olds all carry set weights of 55.5kg. As the feature race of VRC Oaks Day it attracts much attention from the spectators and punters. VRC 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 2023 VRC Kennedy Oaks ran on Thursday November 9, 2023 on Day 3 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2023 and was won by the James Cummings-trained favourite Zardozi ($2.70F) in an easy two length triumph for the punters. 

 VRC Kennedy Oaks 2023
Date: Thursday November 9, 2023
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 VRC Oaks 2023 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.

Zardozi (2nd in 2023) was the last VRC Oaks winner to come off a lead-up run in the Wakeful Stakes.

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 VRC Oaks before the running of the Wakeful Stakes, include the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) and the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m). She’s Extreme (3rd in 2022) was the last VRC Oaks winning filly to come via a run in the Spring Champion Stakes in Sydney.

The 2500m distance of the VRC 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).

2023 VRC Oaks Results

  • 1st: #2 Zardozi ($2.70F)
  • 2nd: #8 Aethelflaed
  • 3rd: #7 Basilinna

The James Cummings-trained favourite Zardozi ($2.70F) relished the step-up in distance off her close second in the Wakeful to show off her brilliant turn of foot over the final 300m racing away to salute in the 2023 VRC Oaks results by over two lengths.

Click here to read more on the big VRC Oaks 2023 win by Zardozi.

2023 Kennedy Oaks Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 ZARDOZI James Cummings James McDonald 5 56kg $2.70F
2 8 AETHELFLAED Matthew Smith Mark Zahra 2.25L 11 56kg $6
3 7 BASILINNA (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Damien Oliver 6.5L 2 56kg $7.50
4 3 AMAZONIAN LASS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 8.75L 12 56kg $13
5 6 COCO SUN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 9.5L 6 56kg $31
6 4 SERVED COLD Danny O’Brien Blake Shinn 10.25L 10 56kg $11
7 10 ETHEL MAUDE Pat Carey & Harris Walker Rhys McLeod 10.45L 9 56kg $26
8 5 HARLOW MIST (NZ) John Sargent Michael Dee 11.95L 8 56kg $19
9 14 EVERLASTING KISS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 12.15L 4 56kg $101
10 1 TROPICAL SQUALL Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 14.15L 3 56kg $5.50
11 11 PEAKY RIDGE Peter Chow Declan Bates 19.15L 7 56kg $151
12 13 ANOTHER YOU Dan O’Sullivan Ms Jamie Kah 20.4L 1 56kg $101
9 WINGS OF SONG Patrick Payne Billy Egan 0
12 VIESTE Benjamin Smith Dean Yendall 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 VRC Oaks Betting

VRC Oaks betting is very popular, as everyone is still very enthusiastic about racing in the days after the Melbourne Cup. Our VRC 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 Kennedy Oaks 2023 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 2023.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2023 KENNEDY OAKS ODDS (Final Field)

Willowy ($3.70 in 2021), She’s Extreme ($2.30 in 2022) and Zardozi ($2.70 in2 023) are the latest favourites in VRC Oaks betting to salute for the punters.

2023 VRC Oaks Tips

Stay tuned for our insider VRC Oaks 2023 Tips on the million-dollar staying race for three-year-old fillies this spring!

  • To Win: #1 Tropical Squall – BET NOW

Open edition of the Oaks but happy to get back on Tropical Squall. The consistent Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained daughter of Prized Icon won the Group 1 Flight Stakes in Sydney two back over the mile. She was beaten in the Group 3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield last time out on October 21 but was drawn wide (12) and carried plenty of weight (59kg). Back to 56kg here at set weights. Has a gun gate three draw and confidence of a previous Melbourne run. Can bounce back.

2023 VRC Oaks Field

The 2023 VRC 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 2023 final field features a smart line-up of three-year-old fillies including Group 1 Flight Stakes winner Tropical Squall, the fellow Waterhouse/Bott-trained Amazonian Lass coming off a win in the Wakeful Stakes here and Godolpin’s eye-catching runner-up in the same key lead-up Zardozi

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2023 Kennedy Oaks field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1×1312 TROPICAL SQUALL Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 3 56kg 104
2 111×00712 ZARDOZI James Cummings James McDonald 6 56kg 86
3 19×50531 AMAZONIAN LASS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 13 56kg 86
4 4151 SERVED COLD Danny O’Brien Blake Shinn 11 56kg 70
5 11133 HARLOW MIST (NZ) John Sargent Michael Dee 9 56kg 76
6 11×9605 COCO SUN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 7 56kg 68
7 2183 BASILINNA (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Damien Oliver 2 56kg 70
8 7214 AETHELFLAED Matthew Smith Mark Zahra 12 56kg 66
9 431292 WINGS OF SONG Patrick Payne Billy Egan 14 56kg 63
10 6451 ETHEL MAUDE Pat Carey & Harris Walker Rhys McLeod 10 56kg 64
11 421 PEAKY RIDGE Peter Chow Declan Bates 8 56kg 63
12 9190 VIESTE Benjamin Smith Dean Yendall 5 56kg 64
13 7×8525 ANOTHER YOU Dan O’Sullivan Ms Jamie Kah 1 56kg 64
14 430 EVERLASTING KISS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 4 56kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 VRC Oaks Nominations

Nominations for the VRC Oaks 2023 close in early October and will be updated below once announced.

VRC Oaks Odds

The VRC 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 2023 VRC Oaks in our above betting section.

VRC Oaks Form Guide

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2023 VRC 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 VRC 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.

Recent Crown Oaks / VRC Oaks Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Kennedy Oaks
1st
Zardozi
2 minutes 38.59 seconds
2nd Aethelflaed
3rd Basilinna
2022
Kennedy Oaks
1st
She’s Extreme
2 minutes 39.14 seconds
2nd Pavitra
3rd Queen Air
2021
Kennedy Oaks
1st
Willowy
2 minutes 40.99 seconds
2nd Douceur
3rd Biscayne Bay
2020
Kennedy Oaks
1st
Personal
2 minutes 36.98 seconds
2nd Salto Angel
3rd Montefilia
2019
Kennedy Oaks
1st
Miami Bound
2 minutes 38.32 seconds
2nd Never Listen
3rd Moonlight Maid
2018
Kennedy Oaks
1st
Aristia
2 minutes 40.54 seconds
2nd Greysful Glamour
3rd Miner’s Miss
2017
Kennedy Oaks
1st
Pinot
2 minutes 37.25 seconds
2nd Bring Me Roses
3rd Hiyaam
2016
Crown Oaks
1st
Lasqueti Spirit
2 minutes 37.73 seconds
2nd Harlow Gold
3rd Eleonora
2015
Crown Oaks
1st
Jameka
2 minutes 43.34 seconds
2nd Honesta
3rd Ambience
2014
Crown Oaks
1st
Set Square
2 minutes 39.33 seconds
2nd Thunder Lady
3rd Golconda
2013
Crown Oaks
1st
Kirramosa
2 minutes 40.64 seconds
2nd Zanbagh
3rd Solicit
2012
Crown Oaks
1st
Dear Demi
2 minutes 35.88 seconds
2nd Zydeco
3rd Summerbliss
2011
Crown Oaks
1st
Mosheen
2 minutes 39.39 seconds
2nd Dowager Queen
3rd Roma Giaconda
2010
Crown Oaks
1st
Brazillian Pulse
2 minutes 41.64 seconds
2nd Shamrocker
3rd Placement
2009
Crown Oaks
1st
Faint Perfume
2 minutes 37.2 seconds
2nd Valdemoro
3rd Savsbelle
2008
Crown Oaks
1st
Samantha Miss
2 minutes 37.5 seconds
2nd Miss Scarlatti
3rd Allez Wonder
2007
Crown Oaks
1st
Arapaho Miss
2 minutes 36.8 seconds
2nd Serious Speed
3rd Aarjorie
2006
Crown Oaks
1st
Miss Finland
2 minutes 37.2 seconds
2nd Tuesday Joy
3rd Anamato
2005
Crown Oaks
1st
Serenade Rose
2 minutes 36.3 seconds
2nd Florica Danica
3rd Empress Lily
2004
Crown Oaks
1st
Hollow Bullet
2 minutes 31.2 seconds
2nd Kylikwong
3rd Storm Alert
2003
Crown Oaks
1st
Special Harmony
2 minutes 39 seconds
2nd Dane Belltar
3rd Timbourina
2002
Crown Oaks
1st
Bulla Borghese
2 minutes 36.3 seconds
2nd Lashed
3rd Antique
2001
Crown Oaks
1st
Magical Miss
2 minutes 34.7 seconds
2nd Manang
3rd Li Lo Lill
2000
Crown Oaks
1st
Lovelorn
2 minutes 35.3 seconds
2nd Lan Kwai Fong
3rd Lolita Star

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