Crown Oaks

  • Date: Thursday November 5, 2015
  • Racecourse: Flemington
  • Race Distance: 2,500m
  • Conditions: 3YO Fillies Set Weight
  • Prize Money: $1 million

2015 Crown Oaks News

Zanbagh among 22 Festival Stakes nominations

Zanbagh among 22 Festival Stakes nominations

Dual Oaks placegetter Zanbagh is among the twenty-two nominations for the Listed $150,000 Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Zanbagh, above, is among the nominations for the Festival Stakes at Rosehill. Photo by Steve Hart.

Zanbagh showed great staying potential as a three year old filly after being runner up in both the Group …

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The 2015 Crown Oaks is Group 1 race that is held in November each year at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

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Run on the third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Crown Oaks is run over a distance of 2,500 metres and is worth $1 million in prize money. Open to three-year-old fillies only, the Crown Oaks is run under set-weight conditions.

2015 Crown Oaks Results

  • 1st: Jameka
  • 2nd: Honesta
  • 3rd: Ambience

The Crown Oaks is the fillies equivalent of the Victoria Derby, which is run on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The first Crown Oaks was run in 1861 when it was won by a filly named Palestine. The Crown Oaks is held on what is known as Ladies Day and takes place on the Thursday following the Melbourne Cup each year. The Crown Oaks is run on the same day as the Fashions on the Field celebrations, which is an event that was introduced in 1962 to entice women to attend the races.

Many fillies that compete in the Crown Oaks come via the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes that is held the Saturday beforehand. Brazilian Pulse (2010) was one horse to win the Wakeful Stakes and Crown Oaks double. The Thousand Guineas earlier in the spring is another race that often provides a good insight into the form of Crown Oaks runners.

Notable Crown Oaks winners include Light Fingers (1964), Rose Of Kingston (1981), Miss Finland (2006), Samantha Miss (2008) and Faint Perfume (2009).

Crown Oaks Field

The Crown Oaks field assembles only the toughest of fillies around which can still battle on late in the spring carnival. There’s plenty working against them in the race so strength and courage count a lot more than promise or future ability. A big Group 1 on a grand stage like the Crown Oaks is a big test of the mental development for a three year old. Any barrier issues or problems with crowds and they’ll definitely be found out early. Add to that the 2500m trip, usually at the very least an extra 100m than what they would have faced in the past. Add to that the fact the race is usually late in their prep, potentially even their final run, the Crown Oaks is no place for the faint hearted.

This is shown quite well be the numbers usually present in the Crown Oaks Field. There is a maximum capacity of 16 plus four emergencies and the race receives hundreds of early nominations every year. Despite this by the time acceptance time rolls around it’s not surprising to see around only a dozen horses considered up to the challenge and even less considered genuine winning chances.

2015 Crown Oaks Final Field & Barriers

The 2015 Crown Oaks field will be provided here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1141×2544 PASADENA GIRL (NZ) Peter G Moody Hugh Bowman 5 55.5kg 94
2 2341×3321 JAMEKA Ciaron Maher Damien Oliver 8 55.5kg 96
3 1221 SACRED EYE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Ryan Moore 9 55.5kg 86
4 2×31131 AMBIENCE John O’Shea James McDonald 10 55.5kg 86
5 8×4211222 HONESTA John P Thompson Craig Williams 12 55.5kg 92
6 035×62314 DAWNIE PERFECT Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 2 55.5kg 78
7 0x521x0769 THE GREY FLASH Robbie Laing Chris Parnham 4 55.5kg 71
8 34×273513 MUZYKA Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 1 55.5kg 64
9 4342138 RITZY Anthony Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 6 55.5kg 65
10 36×729375 ZARABEEL (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Stephen Baster 7 55.5kg 60
11 6105 DULVERTON Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 3 55.5kg 64
12 896×57550 PRINCESS ARIA Marc Conners Michael Walker 11 55.5kg 60

2015 Crown Oaks First Acceptances

The 2015 Crown Oaks first acceptances were finalised on Tuesday morning, September 20th. The Crown Oaks field limit is 16 plus four emergencies, so it is entirely possible that the list of Crown Oaks first acceptors will be very similar to the final field.

2015 Crown Oaks Nominations

The 2015 Crown Oaks nominations were released on September 22nd (Tuesday).

Crown Oaks Form Guide

The tough nature of the race means form in the Crown Oaks is a lot easier to read than some other events. The race is held in November, by which time most horses should have had a handful of runs and be well and truly at their top fitness level. To qualify for this race the fillies must have proved themselves in the lower grades and as a result many will have clear form lines alongside one and other.

Read the complete Melbourne Cup meaning it feeds off the buzz still lingering from Australia’s most popular racing event. It is the third day of the four day Flemington racing carnival and is easily one of the most important race meetings held in the country every year.

Crown Oaks Day as developed into a celebration not only for horse racing but also for women in the horse racing industry. It has been dubbed the ladies day of the carnival and when the fillies are taking centre stage on track they’re also the centre of attention off track as well. Live entertainment, masses of corporate marquees, the biggest fashions on the field events and the who’s who of the celebrity world all have a habit of making a big impact throughout the Crown Oaks Day program.

Crown Oaks Day Results

It wouldn’t be a genuine Group 1 without some fantastic moments in history and the Crown Oaks Results have shown just how good Australian horse racing has been over the years. The best sire’s have been represented by their progeny and many of these winners have gone on to be successful breeders in their own right. Connections face a most welcome dilemma after their filly wins this event, just how long do they continue a racing career which obviously has so much talent before they decide to cash in on their lofty broodmare value.

Full 2015 Crown Oaks Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 2 JAMEKA Ciaron Maher Damien Oliver 7 55.5kg $4.60
2 5 HONESTA John P Thompson Craig Williams 2.25L 11 55.5kg $8.50
3 4 AMBIENCE John O’Shea James McDonald 3.5L 9 55.5kg $4F
4 1 PASADENA GIRL (NZ) Peter G Moody Hugh Bowman 9.5L 4 55.5kg $5.50
5 11 DULVERTON Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 10L 2 55.5kg $21
6 7 THE GREY FLASH Robbie Laing Chris Parnham 10.75L 3 55.5kg $51
7 3 SACRED EYE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Ryan Moore 10.95L 8 55.5kg $8
8 12 PRINCESS ARIA Marc Conners Michael Walker 14.45L 10 55.5kg $81
9 10 ZARABEEL (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Stephen Baster 14.65L 6 55.5kg $16
10 9 RITZY Anthony Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 15.9L 5 55.5kg $31
11 8 MUZYKA Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 30.9L 1 55.5kg $21
6 DAWNIE PERFECT Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 0

While there are plenty of successful horses littered throughout the Crown Oaks Winners List there are a couple on particular which catch the eye. In 1981 first came Rose Of Kingston and just three years later in 1994 half sister Spirit Of Kingston. After that was the likes of Research in 1988 and Kensington Place in 1997. One of the very best though is a more recent champion, Miss Finland becoming Crown Oaks champion in 2006 as part of a highly successful racing career.

Crown Oaks Past Winners

Below you will find a list of Crown Oaks winners, results and winning times since the year 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2015 1 Jameka 2 Honesta 3 Ambience 2:43.34
2014 1 Set Square 2 Thunder Lady 3 Golconda 2:39.33
2013 1 Kirramosa 2 Zanbagh 3 Solicit 2:40.64
2012 1 Dear Demi 2 Zydeco 3 Summerbliss 2:35.88
2011 1 Mosheen 2 Dowager Queen 3 Roma Giaconda 2:39.39
2010 1 Brazilian Pulse 2 Shamrocker 3 Placement 2:41.6
2009 1 Faint Perfume 2 Valdemoro 3 Savsbelle 2:37.2
2008 1 Samantha Miss 2 Miss Scarlatti 3 Allez Wonder 2:37.5
2007 1 Arapaho Miss 2 Serious Speed 3 Marjorie 2:36.8
2006 1 Miss Finland 2 Tuesday Joy 3 Anamato 2:37.2
2005 1 Serenade Rose 2 Florica Danica 3 Empress Lily 2:36.3
2004 1 Hollow Bullet 2 Kylikwong 3 Storm Alert 2:31.2
2003 1 Special Harmony 2 Dane Belltar 3 Timbourina 2:39.0
2002 1 Bulla Borghese 2 Lashed 3 Antique 2:36.3
2001 1 Magical Miss 2 Manang 3 Li Lo Lill 2:34.7
2000 1 Lovelorn 2 Lan Kwai Fong 3 Lolita Star 2:35.3