VRC Oaks Horse Race
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The VRC Oaks race, otherwise known as the Kennedy Oaks, is next run on November 4th, 2021. The Oaks takes place just two days after the Melbourne Cup at Flemington (click here to have more information about horse races in Flemington).
The VRC, Victoria Racing Club, runs the Melbourne Carnival with this event forming part of one of the most important racing meetings not just in Melbourne, but in the whole of Australia.
We have all the information you need, including the history of the Oaks, barrier draw stats and some tips on the best form and what each horse needs to have to land the race.
The VRC Oaks race is one of the oldest and most traditional in Australia. It was inaugurated in 1861 and became the premier event for three-year-old fillies.
Initially a ‘Principal’ race, the VRC Oaks was upgraded to Group 1 status in 1979. From its beginning through to 1972, it was run over 2400 meters. In 1973, the race was extended to 2500 metres to make it a real test, a distance it is still staged over today.
The VRC Oaks is now run two days after the Melbourne Cup during the Carnival. Thursday is known as Oaks Day, though is also traditionally called Ladies Day with the fashion at Flemington Racecourse almost as the horses – only almost!
There have been some incredibly popular VRC Oaks winners in the past. These fillies are the last ten to have taken the event:
- 2020 – Personal
- 2019 – Miami Bound
- 2018 – Aristia
- 2017 – Pinot
- 2016 – Lasqueti Spirit
- 2015 – Jameka
- 2014 – Set Square
- 2013 – Kirramosa
- 2012 – Dear Demi
- 2011 – Mosheen
Barrier Draw Statistics
The final field barrier draw in the VRC Oaks is all-important, even over this race distance.
VRC Oaks Winners by Barrier
Here’s a look at the most successful barriers in the VRC Oaks over a period of almost 40 years:
These stats show us that a soft barrier is an advantage for sure. 32/37 winners have come from barriers 1-10 (86%). Barriers 2-7 specifically show up well, with 20/37 winners for 54%.
There will be a maximum of 16 runners in the VRC Oaks, finalised on Monday, November 1st. To take part, all 16 fillies will need two things; ability and staying power.
At 2500 metres this is a true test for young, maturing fillies. One indicator to look at is what prep each runner takes in the lead-up to the race.
24 out of 37 VRC Oaks race winners ran in the Wakeful Stakes in October over 2000 metres at Flemington. Other major races to watch out for include the Edward Manifold Stakes, the Thousand Guineas (Group 1) and the Ethereal Stakes.
The betting for the race could be shaped around the barrier draw, soft barriers undoubtedly helping as listed above.
Your most important questions answered on the VRC Oaks.
How Much is the Prize Money for the VRC Oaks?
The VRC Oaks is worth a total of $1,000,000.
When is the VRC Oaks 2021?
The 2021 VRC Oaks is run on Thursday, November 4th, 2021.
How Long is the VRC Oaks?
At 2500 metres, the VRC Oaks race is one of the longest in horse racing for three-year-old fillies.