- Date: Thursday November 5, 2015
- Racecourse: Flemington
- Race Distance: 2,500m
- Conditions: 3YO Fillies Set Weight
- Prize Money: $1 million
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The Ciaron Maher trained Jameka has been given a 0.5kg penalty for both the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup for her win in the Group 3 $150,000 Bendigo Bank East Malvern MRC Foundation Cup (Naturalism Stakes) (2000m) at Caulfield last Saturday.
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The 2015 Crown 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 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
|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.
|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|