Kennedy Oaks

The 2018 Kennedy Oaks is Group 1 race that is held in November each year at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

Run on the third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Kennedy 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 Kennedy Oaks is run under set-weight conditions.

2018 Kennedy Oaks Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

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

The first Kennedy Oaks was run in 1861 when it was won by a filly named Palestine. The Kennedy Oaks is held on what is known as Ladies Day and takes place on the Thursday following the Melbourne Cup each year. The Kennedy 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 Kennedy 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 Kennedy 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).

Kennedy 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.

2018 Kennedy Oaks Final Field & Barriers

The 2018 Kennedy Oaks field will be provided here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 422×11110 AMPHITRITE Darren Weir Craig Williams 5 55.5kg
2 242×537921 ARISTIA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 4 55.5kg
3 740×485042 QAFILA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jim Crowley 10 55.5kg
4 211315 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Darren Weir John Allen 13 55.5kg
5 2314×62317 GREYSFUL GLAMOUR Mark Newnham Tim Clark 1 55.5kg
6 x023x51434 SIZZLEME Cindy Alderson Luke Currie 14 55.5kg
7 6×22186 DARK CONFIDANT David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 15 55.5kg
8 29251 MISS MOANA (NZ) John Sargent Mark Zahra 9 55.5kg
9 8511 MARACAIBO Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Stephen Baster 8 55.5kg
10 4221 SCAMPER Leon & Troy Corstens Kerrin McEvoy 12 55.5kg
11 82521 ZAPURLER Darren Weir Hugh Bowman 3 55.5kg
12 2224 COLLECTABLE Robbie Griffiths James McDonald 11 55.5kg
13 54×0636540 EXCLUSIVELY OURS Matthew Brown Ben Thompson 6 55.5kg
14 0x0x9031 MINER’S MISS Paddy Payne Ms Michelle Payne 2 55.5kg
15 805×733 LESEDI Robbie Laing Noel Callow 7 55.5kg

2018 Kennedy Oaks First Acceptances

The 2018 Kennedy Oaks first acceptances were finalised on Tuesday morning, September 17th. The Kennedy Oaks field limit is 16 plus four emergencies, so it is entirely possible that the list of Kennedy Oaks first acceptors will be very similar to the final field.

2018 Kennedy Oaks Nominations

The 2018 Kennedy Oaks nominations were released on September 25th (Tuesday).

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 422x1x AMPHITRITE F 3 Darren Weir
2 19x3184x ANGEL F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
3 111×69 ANJANA F 3 Darren Weir
4 ANNA MAE (NZ) F 3 Michael Kent
5 3x242x53x ARISTIA F 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
6 326423×157 ARISTOCRATIC MISS F 3 Tony McEvoy
7 19x ASHARANI F 3 David Vandyke
8 8x BEAUTY OPTION F 3 Grahame Begg
9 3x BLONDE DISPOSITION F 3 David Brideoake
10 5×74 CHARITABLE NATURE F 3 Danny O’Brien
11 22 COLLECTABLE F 3 Robbie Griffiths
12 231×97 CRISTAL EYES F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
13 6×221 DARK CONFIDANT F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
14 333×51 DIAMOND BEAUTY F 3 Matt Laurie
15 0x431 DISENCHANTED e F 3 Brent Stanley
16 861×7 DUCALE F 3 Paul Perry
17 3x4213x EL DORADO DREAMING F 3 Kris Lees
18 89x ELUSIVE ROSE F 3 Brian & Ashley McKnight
19 362×7136 EVERARD F 3 Kris Lees
20 54x063x EXCLUSIVELY OURS F 3 Matthew Brown
21 6x1531x FIERA VISTA F 3 Darren Weir
22 0 FIREFLY F 3 Cindy Alderson
23 0x0031x FIVE STAR GAL F 3 John Moloney
24 11 FRANKELY AWESOME F 3 Kris Lees
25 2x11223x08 FUNDAMENTALIST F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
26 417801×39 FUTOOH F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
27 162 GAELIC DREAM F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
28 22332x1x GHEEDAA F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
29 161x GOLDEN HALO F 3 Darren Weir
30 419×8 GREGORIAN CHANT (NZ) F 3 Mitchell Freedman
31 92314×623 GREYSFUL GLAMOUR F 3 Mark Newnham
32 GWEN’S GIFT F 3 Christopher Davis
33 HEAD NOISES F 3 Michael Kent
34 8 HEAVENLY BARB F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
35 420 HIGH BEAM F 3 Darren Weir
36 8 HOT BLONDE (NZ) F 3 Nikki Burke
37 622×11 IN HEART’S WAKE F 3 Tony McEvoy
38 8123 ITCHY EARS F 3 Jason Warren
39 93x IT’S CHOICE F 3 Matt Cumani
40 587x JENNEVEE F 3 John McArdle
41 10×3300 KINKY BOOM F 3 Tony McEvoy
42 23123×34 KRONE F 3 Darren Weir
43 805x LESEDI F 3 Robbie Laing
44 LEXICOLOGY F 3 Michael Kent
45 5x1x10 MADAM ROUGE F 3 Chris Waller
46 04 MAIGRET F 3 Darren Weir
47 8 MARACAIBO F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
48 1 MAUI GIRL F 3 Tony McEvoy
49 685 MAXIMALIST F 3 Mark Kavanagh
50 0x0x9x MINER’S MISS F 3 Paddy Payne
51 5x22x2x MIRETTE F 3 Archie Alexander
52 53 MISS LADYBIRD F 3 Michael Moroney
53 2837×01 MISS LOUISIANA F 3 Anthony Freedman
54 274 MISS MATRIARCH F 3 Robbie Griffiths
55 292 MISS MOANA (NZ) F 3 John Sargent
56 1214 MISS QUAINTLY F 3 David Vandyke
57 12×2 MUSIC BAY F 3 Phillip Stokes
58 21169×575 NASAAYIM F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
59 9×21 ONCE IN A LIFETIME F 3 Tony McEvoy
60 x32322x544 OOHOOD F 3 Tony McEvoy
61 21x OREGON DREAMER (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
62 23×3 OUR SUNNY GIRL (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
63 3×12514 PANZERFAUST F 3 Paul Messara
64 325x PARIS SHOWGIRL F 3 Henry Dwyer
65 73x221x1x PEACEFUL (NZ) F 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
66 430×9 PEACEFUL SOLUTION F 3 Robert Kingston
67 0x1 PIERRO BELLE F 3 Tony McEvoy
68 331x PRESSURE (NZ) F 3 Matt Cumani
69 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) F 3 David Brideoake
70 1x PRISM F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
71 14x740x48 QAFILA F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
72 2x656x19 ROOBEENA F 3 Tony McEvoy
73 541×0 RUBIRA F 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
74 4x SCAMPER F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
75 3721x SEEWHATSHEBRINGS F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
76 75154 SHE’S SENSATIONAL F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
77 5x023x51 SIZZLEME F 3 Cindy Alderson
78 1213×52 SPANISH WHISPER F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
79 333 STRIPPING ROYALTY (NZ) F 3 Darren Weir
80 3216x STRYKER QUEEN F 3 Matt Laurie
81 146 SYMI F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
82 31×93 TAHITIAN DANCER F 3 Shane Nichols
83 230×4 TANTIVY F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
84 0x4 THE ONE THING F 3 Joseph Waldron
85 11 THE SOLOIST F 3 Richard Freedman
86 21 THOUSAND WISHES F 3 Danny O’Brien
87 211x31x THRILLSTER F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
88 6 TIDES F 3 Anthony Freedman
89 35×82 UNGUARDED F 3 Richard Freedman
90 51 VANUATU F 3 Darren Weir
91 211 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) F 3 Darren Weir
92 972x WESTON SUPER MARE F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
93 5 WONDERFUL RIRI F 3 Paul Preusker
94 76×20 YOUWANTMETOO F 3 Kerry Parker
95 6×12 YULONG METEOR F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
96 82 ZAPURLER F 3 Darren Weir
97 ZARGOS F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig

Kennedy 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 2017 Crown Oaks Form Guide.

By far the best lead up race to keep an eye on is the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes also run at Flemington a couple of weeks earlier on Derby Day. In fact not only is the form from the Wakeful Stakes to the Crown Oaks one of the best reads in fillies events, it has one of the better strike rate sin all Australian Group 1’s.

In recent times there have been a number of horses which have claimed the Wakeful Stakes before then adding the Crown Oaks as well. Brazilian Pulse (2010), Faint Perfume (2009), Serenade Rose (2005) and Hollow Bullet (2004) all have the honour. In addition to this both Tuesday Joy (2006) and Timbourina (2003) ran second in the Group 2 before stepping up and winning the Group 1.

Kennedy Oaks Betting

Given the excellent read of form and the relatively small pack of winning chances it’s no surprise to see the Crown Oaks betting up the top as one of the most lucrative races in the country. The set weight conditions only add to the punters confidence with the best horse on the day almost exclusively winning. Betting is  always closely entwined with the form available so professional punters see this race as one of their better opportunities of the year.

Flemington Racecourse plays its part as well, the wide open and even track meaning  there is no need to account for track bias and the barrier draw isn’t quite as crucial. That’s not to say it’s irrelevant though and the booking of a good jockey is always key to having the best chance for success. The trainer plays a big role as well, it takes an experienced hand to keep a horse at its peak later in a prep and if they peak too early they could cost themselves and the punters a lot of money.

Kennedy Oaks Odds

The Kennedy Oaks Odds cater for both types of punters quite well with almost a split in the market right down the middle. The majority of time there will be a clear favourite, a horse that punters are prepared to back and back hard to get the victory. This confidence is built up around all the factors spoken about earlier including previous form, set weight conditions, track conditions and all the rest of it. They have a decent strike rate with the favourites as well with punters seeming to have the Crown Oaks worked out fairly well.

On the other side of things there are the roughie backers, punters prepared to excuse one or two issues with a horse on the promise that it is probably over the odds in the market. It’s usually only when there is a clear cut favourite that you get these opportunities so plenty of people load up on runners well into double figure odds. While they may not hit as often, when they do they hit big and especially in the place pools it’s not an uncommon sight. A wet track can knock this process completely out of whack as well, especially if the majority of previous form is across dead or good surfaces.

Kennedy Oaks Tips

When you go through your Kennedy Oaks Tips it’s likely that you’ll find a couple of trends separated from the pack. There will be at least one, potentially two or three horses that the majority of people give a good chance to win. Much of this information will come out of the Wakeful Stakes given that there are only a couple of races which regularly provide any solid lead up information.

If you want to find a runner from further adrift then it’s probably better to look at horse coming from a more unique lead up. If a favourite has beaten his rivals convincingly before it’s better to look for a horse coming from interstate or even one jumping up in grade after some consistent performances. It’s not out of the realms of possibility that a previously beaten horse could improve and turn the tables on the leader but in that scenario you’re usually relying on plenty of luck and some unfavourable conditions for the favourite. Remember as well to shop around for the best odds after you select your tips, often you’ll find online bookmakers offering significantly better markets on the Crown Oaks than the normal TAB.

Kennedy Oaks Day

Kennedy Oaks Day is well and truly one of the favourites of the spring carnival given its spot on the calendar as well as the way the day has been transformed into a social event. The meeting itself is held on a Thursday every year in the first week or so of November. It is run two days after the 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.

Kennedy 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 theKennedy  Oaks Day program.

Kennedy 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 2018 Kennedy Oaks Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight
1 4 PINOT Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 6 55.5kg
2 3 BRING ME ROSES Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 1.25L 7 55.5kg
3 6 HIYAAM (NZ) Mick Price Michael Dee 2.75L 5 55.5kg
4 2 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Blake Shinn 2.85L 10 55.5kg
5 12 MISS ADMIRATION Mick Price Noel Callow 2.95L 1 55.5kg
6 1 ALOISIA (NZ) Aaron Purcell Luke Nolen 3.15L 9 55.5kg
7 5 RIMRAAM (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 3.25L 12 55.5kg
8 8 RELIABLE DAME (NZ) Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 7.25L 4 55.5kg
9 9 SWEET MISCHIEF Tony McEvoy Ms Jamie Kah 7.35L 3 55.5kg
10 10 FOUR KOALAS Brian McGrath Hugh Bowman 12.35L 8 55.5kg
11 7 LUCKY LOUIE Anthony & Edward Cummings Ben Melham 12.85L 11 55.5kg
12 11 CIRCULEIGHT Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 27.85L 2 55.5kg

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
2018 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2017 1 Pinot 2 Bring Me Roses 3 Hiyaam 2:37.25
2016 1 Lasqueti Spirit 2 Harlow Gold 3 Eleonora 2:37.73
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