Moonee Valley Fillies Classic

The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic is a Group 2 mile event for fillies held towards the end of October on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day.

2023 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Results

  • 1st: #8 Skybird
  • 2nd: #7 Grinzinger Belle
  • 3rd: #3 Carina Queen



The Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic is a 1600m middle-distance event held at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day in late October during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Open only to three-year-old fillies, the set weights showdown is worth $300,000 in total prize money and makes a nice lead-up to the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) the following weekend at Flemington on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The headline race at the meeting is the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), while the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic is one of the other Group races on the card making for an ace day for the punters.

Many fillies in the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic field come via a run in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) held at Flemington.

The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic 2023 ran on Saturday October 28, 2023 as part of Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day at The Valley and was won in flashing fashion by the unbeaten Skybird ($3.40F) who saluted for the punters in her first Black-Type assignment. 

2023 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
Date: Saturday October 28, 2023
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2023 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Results

  • 1st: #8 Skybird ($3.40F)
  • 2nd: #7 Grinzinger Belle
  • 3rd: #3 Carina Queen

The undefeated Mitchell Freedman-trained Exosphere filly Skybird ($3.40F) kept her flawless record in check with a third win from as many starts when going up the inside before letting down inside the final 50m displaying a scintillating turn of foot to run over the top of her rivals in the 2023 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic results on Cox Plate Day.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 SKYBIRD Mitchell Freedman Beau Mertens 10 57kg $3.40F
2 7 GRINZINGER BELLE (NZ) Danny O’Brien Zac Purton 0.2L 9 57kg $11
3 3 CARINA QUEEN Grahame Begg Michael Dee 0.95L 4 57kg $7
4 11 QUICKSTER Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 2.95L 7 57kg $21
5 4 CAPTAIN AMELIA John O’Shea James McDonald 3.7L 8 57kg $8
6 9 POIFECT Ben, Will & JD Hayes Mark Zahra 3.9L 1 57kg $14
7 10 BROADCASTER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 4.4L 3 57kg $6.50
8 2 APRILIA (NZ) Andrew Forsman Damien Oliver 5.15L 6 57kg $7
9 6 NODACHI Mathew Ellerton Damian Lane 5.9L 2 57kg $11
10 5 OCEANS OF ENERGY Matthew Dunn Blake Shinn 8.65L 5 57kg $26
1 PIER PRESSURE Kris Lees Tim Clark 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Betting Odds

The latest Moonee Valley Fillies Classic 2023 betting odds will be listed below once markets open at Ladbrokes.com.au for you to lock in the best odds on your Moonee Valley Fillies Classic betting tips.

There was a notable upset in 2022 with Zoe’s Promise winning at Moonee Valley Fillies Classic odds of $10.

Skybird ($3.40 in 2023) was the last favourite in Moonee Valley Fillies Classic betting to salute.

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2023 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Form Guide

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2023 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Moonee Valley Fillies Classic 2023 Tips on the potential VRC Oaks lead-up this spring.

  • To Win: #2 Aprilia ($9 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Open edition of the MV Fillies Classic but have Aprilia on top off her good second in the Group 2 Edward Manifold over the same mile distance at Flemington. She was up notably in grade that run and held her own. Group 1 placed back in New Zealand, fit now and if she can produce something similar to last time can challenge here.

2023 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Field

Each spring the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic field attracts a quality line-up of three-year-old fillies coming off lead-up races such as the Group 3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m) the Saturday before on Caulfield Cup Day or Flemington’s Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) at the start of the month.

The best fillies out of the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic field may back-up against the older mares in the following weekend’s Group 1 Empire Rose Classic (1600m), a race the 2016 MV Fillies Classic third place-getter I Am A Star won next start.

The 2023 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic final field features a quality line-up three-year-olds led in betting by the John O’Shea-trained Captain Amelia coming off a good fifth in Sydney’s Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) a month ago.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3538×531 PIER PRESSURE Kris Lees Tim Clark 4 57kg 76
2 312×642 APRILIA (NZ) Andrew Forsman Damien Oliver 7 57kg 80
3 1×41 CARINA QUEEN Grahame Begg Michael Dee 5 57kg 69
4 187×1605 CAPTAIN AMELIA John O’Shea James McDonald 9 57kg 73
5 117×456 OCEANS OF ENERGY Matthew Dunn Blake Shinn 6 57kg 65
6 3312×744 NODACHI Mathew Ellerton Damian Lane 2 57kg 68
7 2×41737 GRINZINGER BELLE (NZ) Danny O’Brien Zac Purton 10 57kg 64
8 11 SKYBIRD Mitchell Freedman Beau Mertens 11 57kg 68
9 1×30 POIFECT Ben, Will & JD Hayes Mark Zahra 1 57kg 67
10 3343 BROADCASTER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 3 57kg 63
11 2 QUICKSTER Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 8 57kg 61

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Nominations

Nominations on the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic in 2023 are taken the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 312×642 APRILIA (NZ) F 3 Andrew Forsman 80
2 3343 BROADCASTER F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 63
3 187×1605 CAPTAIN AMELIA F 3 John O’Shea 73
4 1×41 CARINA QUEEN F 3 Grahame Begg 69
5 32 EASY TURN F 3 Patrick Kearney 59
6 2×41737 GRINZINGER BELLE (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien 64
7 3312×744 NODACHI F 3 Mathew Ellerton 68
8 117×456 OCEANS OF ENERGY F 3 Matthew Dunn 65
9 3538×531 PIER PRESSURE F 3 Kris Lees
10 1×30 POIFECT F 3 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 67
11 2 QUICKSTER F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 61
12 261 RIVERINA POWER F 3 Tom Dabernig 62
13 221 ROLL ON HIGH F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 63
14 1×213 SENTIMENTAL FLAME F 3 Travis Doudle 64
15 14×38 SERASANA F 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 67
16 11 SKYBIRD F 3 Mitchell Freedman 68

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Moonee Valley Fillies Classic History

Also known as the Woodstock Mile, Woodstock Classic, Hollylodge Classic, and the Moonee Valley Oaks, the race is now regarded by many as the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic. The first race in 1998 resulted in a dead heat between the two winners; Kensington Palace and Champagne. The race date was shifted from March to October in 2012, resulting in two editions for that year.

Originally a Listed race in 1998, the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic quickly became a Group 3 event in 1999 until 2000 and then changed to Group 2 status in 2001. Up until 2004, the race was a stayer’s event over a 2040 distance. It was then reduced to a mile in 2005 and then to 1500m in 2006. In 2010 the Moonee Valley Oaks race distance was changed to 1600m.

In 2019 the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic resulted in a dead-heat between Fascino and La Falaise.

Notable Moonee Valley Fillies Classic winners include Sunline (1999), Lights Of Heaven (2011), My Poppette (2015) and Mystic Journey (2018) who went on to win the Australian Guineas – All-Star Mile double in the autumn.

The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic results since 2000 are detailed below.

Recent Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Skybird 1 minute 37.01 seconds
2nd Grinzinger Belle
3rd Carina Queen
2022
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Zoe’s Promise 1 minute 40.96 seconds
2nd Climbing Star
3rd Do It La
2021
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Mokulua 1 minute 38.99 seconds
2nd Whatafox
3rd Maracana
2020
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Yes Baby Yes 1 minute 39.15 seconds
2nd Ecumenical
3rd Miss Inbetween
2019
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st La Falaise 1 minute 37.21 seconds
1st Fascino
3rd Nudge
2018
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Mystic Journey 1 minute 35.40 seconds
2nd Fundamentalist
3rd El Dorado Dreaming
2017
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Banish 1 minute 36.56 seconds
2nd I’ll Have A Bit
3rd Touch Of Mink
2016
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Nurse Kitchen 1 minute 40.03 seconds
2nd Sezanne
3rd I Am A Star
2015
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st My Poppette 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Bengal Cat
3rd Thames Court
2014
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Lumosty 1 minute 37.3 seconds
2nd Tahni Dancer
3rd Berimbau
2013
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Gypsy Diamond 1 minute 38.76 seconds
2nd Gregers
3rd Lady Tatra
2012 (2)
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Kazanluck 1 minute 38.4 seconds
2nd Stella Lante
3rd Moreau
2012
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Empress Rock 1 minute 36.8 seconds
2nd Total Attraction
3rd Our Miss Jones
2011
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Lights Of Heaven 1 minute 35.6 seconds
2nd Always Discreet
3rd Absolutely
2010
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st My Emotion 1 minute 36.46 seconds
2nd Speedy Natalie
3rd Aloha
2009
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Romneya 1 minute 30.6 seconds
2nd Lamarr
3rd Turquia
2008
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Absolut Glam 1 minute 30.3 seconds
2nd Miss Marielle
3rd Arapaho Miss
2007
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Anamato 1 minute 31 seconds
2nd Deloraine
3rd De Lago Mist
2006
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Pure Harmony 1 minute 30.8 seconds
2nd Pinezero
3rd Pasikatera
2005
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Dizelle 1 minute 37.2 seconds
2nd Hollow Bullet
3rd Truly Wicked
2004
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Special Harmony 2 minutes 7.2 seconds
2nd Demerger
3rd Sunnah
2003
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Ribe 2 minutes 9.9 seconds
2nd Lashed
3rd Thurman
2002
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Elegant Fashion 2 minute 7.8 seconds
2nd Damaschino
3rd Gold Lottery
2001
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Dandify 2 minutes 10.5 seconds
2nd Tanith
3rd Lovelorn
2000
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
1st Hill Of Grace 2 minutes 6.7 seconds
2nd Grand Echezeaux
3rd Shizu

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