Australian Oaks 2020

Saturday April 11, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Favourites a strong recent record in the Australian Oaks so try laying the top fancy

The Australian Oaks is one of four exciting Group 1 races held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Day 2 of The Championships during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Run on the second Saturday of April the 2400m race is open to three-year-old fillies and is held at the same meeting as the autumn’s richest race, the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

The other Group 1 races on the card that day are the Sydney Cup and Queen Of The Turf Stakes – also known as The Coolmore Legacy Stakes. The Australian Oaks, or ATC Oaks, is a set weights event with all the fillies in the field carrying 56kg. Offering $1 million in total prize money the Australian Oaks winner takes out $600,000 for connections.

For 2020 the Australian Oaks prizemoney was reduced to $500,000 with $287,000 going to the winner due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Winners of the Adrian Knox Stakes and Vinery Stud Stakes are exempt from Australian Oaks ballot and these two races are the key lead-ups to the Group 1 over the mile and a half.

Royal Descent (2013) was the last filly to complete the Adrian Knox Stakes – ATC Australian Oaks double joining the likes of Serenade Rose (2006), Rena’s Lady (2007) and Heavenly Glow (2008) who also took out both races in recent years.

The latest edition of the Australian Oaks takes place on Saturday April 11, 2020 offer only $500,000 in total stakes due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Australian Oaks Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 11, 2020
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million ($500,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19)
  • First Run: 1885

2020 Australian Oaks Results

The Australian Oaks 2020 results and finishing order will be known on Saturday April 11, 2020 and confirmed below once announced.

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

Australian Oaks Odds & Betting

One of the popular fillies’ betting doubles of the autumn is the Adrian Knox Stakes – Australian Oaks double with the former the key lead-up race influencing markets for the Group 1 a week later.

Australian Oaks betting favours fillies coming out of the Adrian Knox as well as the Vinery Stud Stakes held over 2000m at Sydney’s other premier track – Rosehill – two weeks earlier.

From 2006 – 2019 five Australian Oaks favourites saluted for the punters including three on the trot with: Bonneval ($4.20 in 2017), Unforgotten ($4 in 2018) and Verry Elleegant ($2 in 2019).

Looking for fillies coming off good form with a good barrier in the Australian Oaks odds is also important as just three winners since 2002 jumped from a double digit gate when Daffodil overcame barrier 11 of 18 to win in 2009, Sofia Rosa got the job done from 11 of 14 in 2016 and $2 fancy Verry Elleegant won from 11 of 14 in 2019.

2020 Australian Oaks Betting

The Australian Oaks 2020 betting odds on the Group 1 autumn feature for three-year-old fillies will be available below as soon as released so stay tuned.

Australian Oaks Field

Australian Oaks odds favoured a win by Streama in 2012.

Streama (2012) was the last favourite in Australian Oaks betting to salute for the punters in the autumn classic for fillies. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The largest Australian Oaks field in the past 30 years was 18 starters in 2009 when Daffodil scored an upset win as a 12/1 chance in betting.

The race run with just eight starters in both 2007 and 2012 when Rena’s Lady and Streama won respectively.

Featuring the season’s best staying three-year-old fillies the Australian Oaks field is primarily made-up of horses coming out of the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) run the previous Saturday on Doncaster Mile Day.

The Adrian Knox Stakes has produced eight Australian Oaks winners in the past 20 years.  Australian Oaks nominations close on a Monday in early February before first acceptances are taken a month later.

The official Australian Oaks field of final acceptors and barrier draw is then out on the Tuesday before the race, while connections have until the same day to pay the $22,000 late entry fee.

2020 Australian Oaks Field

The Australian Oaks 2020 field and barrier draw will be announced the Tuesday leading-up to Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ with the full list of young staying fillies listed below.

The 2020 ATC Oaks final field attracted 13 fillies with Adrian Knox Stakes winner Colette leading betting after drawing ideally in barrier four.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x422x11122 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 12 56kg 106
2 1121 SHOUT THE BAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 10 56kg 106
3 x61231x503 NUDGE Chris Waller James McDonald 6 56kg 85
4 822111 COLETTE James Cummings Glen Boss 4 56kg 84
5 54x832x195 GAME OF THORNS Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 9 56kg 76
6 210×177 CONTRITION (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Sam Clipperton 11 56kg 68
7 3x64x6222 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2 56kg 68
8 42x151x580 DOROTHY OF OZ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 56kg 67
9 83x24x423 QUINTESSA Mark Newnham Nash Rawiller 5 56kg 66
10 x22917x040 ASPECT RATIO John Sargent Ms Rachel King 13 56kg 64
11 725×553100 STRANGE CHARM Anthony Cummings Jean Van Overmeire (a) 14 56kg 63
12 83518×4625 STICK ’EM UP John Sargent Jason Collett 8 56kg 62
13 29×5551467 SATIN RAIN Anthony Cummings Glyn Schofield 3 56kg 61
14 70×4221288 COSMIC HAZE Brett Cavanough Ms Kathy O’Hara 7 56kg 60

2020 Australian Oaks First Acceptances

The Australian Oaks first acceptances are taken about a month out from the race following on from the early nominations in February.

The 2020 Australian Oaks first acceptances featured 62 fillies including the Kiwi-trained Group 1 Surround Stakes winner Probabeel.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 71115×490 ACTING (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 90
2 455x66x312 ANGEL ROCK F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
3 x11181x316 ASIAGO F 3 James Cummings 84
4 x22917x040 ASPECT RATIO F 3 John Sargent 64
5 045095 AUNTY F 3 Anthony Cummings
6 BERGAMOT (NZ) F 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
7 12x522x854 BETCHA FLYING F 3 Chris Waller 74
8 17104×180 BONVICINI F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
9 415×10 BUBA F 3 Gerald Ryan 64
10 5×47141618 CABOCHON LIL F 3 Stuart Kendrick
11 737×345 CAPE LEOPARD F 3 Jarrod Robinson
12 822111 COLETTE F 3 James Cummings 84
13 210×177 CONTRITION (NZ) F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 68
14 70×4221288 COSMIC HAZE F 3 Brett Cavanough 60
15 42x151x580 DOROTHY OF OZ F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 67
16 2316111 ELECTRIC GIRL F 3 Gwenda Markwell 79
17 94100410 ELISA CAROLINA (NZ) F 3 Kris Lees 60
18 x1421x438P FASCINO (NZ) F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 85
19 11x211x214 FUNSTAR F 3 Chris Waller 106
20 54x832x195 GAME OF THORNS F 3 Kris Lees 76
21 521366 HAPPY CANDY F 3 Mark Newnham 56
22 x243213111 JENNIFER ECCLES (NZ) F 3 Shaune Ritchie
23 5433 LADY IN THE SKY (NZ) F 3 Michael Moroney
24 37×1492 LADY TAVISTA (NZ) F 3 Brad Widdup 60
25 218x4x639 LIVING ROCKS F 3 Chris Waller 59
26 9x75x64218 LOBSTER NOODLES F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
27 x3301x2320 LOIRE (NZ) F 3 Tony Pike
28 90×3212 LOOK SHARPISH (NZ) F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
29 10×6731130 LOVE ME QUIETLY F 3 John Ramsey 64
30 51×3809 MARISE F 3 Chris Waller 57
31 0x4362113 MEGHAN (NZ) F 3 Lance Noble
32 x113411x84 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien 96
33 x5552x0540 MISSILE MANTRA F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
34 52×371160 MY DESIRE F 3 Kristen Buchanan 58
35 141211 NIMALEE F 3 Matthew Smith 76
36 x61231x503 NUDGE F 3 Chris Waller 85
37 5110 OFF HER ROCA (NZ) F 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 62
38 121460×146 ORIENTAL LILY F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
39 78×13116 PARADEE F 3 Danny O’Brien 82
40 47×0190 PARCHE F 3 Gary Portelli 60
41 0x828x32 PERFECT IMPRESSION F 3 Anthony Cummings
42 645x37x10 PIERRO ROSE F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 60
43 651x PINEAPPLE GIRL F 3 Michael Moroney
44 x422x11122 PROBABEEL (NZ) F 3 Jamie Richards 106
45 83x24x423 QUINTESSA F 3 Mark Newnham
46 76×35330 RATHVILLY MISS F 3 Gregory Hickman 55
47 32×25 REACHING F 3 Kim Waugh
48 29×5551467 SATIN RAIN F 3 Anthony Cummings 61
49 7667 SEBRING LASS F 3 Gary Portelli
50 1x SEVEN SEAS (NZ) F 3 Tony Pike
51 332×37 SHADOW GIRL F 3 Anthony Cummings 57
52 1121 SHOUT THE BAR F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 106
53 31×123 SHOWBEEL (NZ) F 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
54 21240×42 SNAPDANCER F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
55 530×031060 SORRIDERE F 3 Kerry Parker 55
56 83518×4625 STICK ’EM UP F 3 John Sargent 62
57 725×553100 STRANGE CHARM F 3 Anthony Cummings 63
58 x2160x1259 SUBPOENAED (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller 77
59 3x64x6222 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller
60 078778 TORSITON F 3 John Thompson
61 3112112 TWO ILLICIT (NZ) F 3 Roger James & Robert Wellwood
62 11×6 ZAYYDANI (NZ) F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig

Australian Oaks Tips

Australian Oaks tips favour young fillies with proven form over at least 2000m showing the potential to run out a strong mile and a half. Tipping Australian Oaks runners on the short back-up out of the Adrian Knox Stakes is always popular and the Adrian Knox – ATC Oaks is common betting double.

Another key lead-up race to consider when doing the Australian Oaks tips is the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Slipper Day a fortnight before. Five Australian Oaks winners from 2010 – 2019 had their final lead-up in the Vinery Stud Stakes including Rising Romance (4th) in 2014, Unforgotten (2nd) in 2018 who defeated that year’s winner Hiyaam in a reverse of the quinella and Verry Elleegant who did the double in 2019.

2020 Australian Oaks Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes’ Australian Oaks 2020 betting tips will be detailed below the week of the race so you know what fillies to back and sack in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day Group 1 this autumn.

  • To Win: #2 Shout The Bar ($4.40) – BET NOW

There are a couple of different formlines to take into the Oaks, but sticking with that Vinery Stud Stakes from a couple weeks back over the Adrian Knox where the best over the line on the quick back-up are all going up in weight. This lightly-raced Waterhouse-Bott daughter of Not A Single Doubt took her record up to three from four with the narrow Vinery win on a Soft (7) over the Group 1 winning Kiwi Probabeel. They meet again here and look the ones to beat on another Soft track, but think this filly has more upside and will enjoy the distance.

Australian Oaks Form Guide

The Australian Oaks form guide provides punters with all the key information including saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, lead-up races and barriers. The last Australian Oaks winner to run worse than fifth in her final lead-up run was Sunday Joy who improved on a 12th against the boys in the Australian Derby to win the fillies’ equivalent in 2003.

Since 1992 just four Australian Oaks winning fillies came off a run outside of Sydney with New Zealand raider Daffodil (2009), that year’s Schweppes Oaks runner-up in Adelaide Absolutely (2011), another Kiwi Sofai Rosa (2016) who ran second in the NZ Oaks back home and most recently Bonneval (2017) who did the NZ Oaks – ATC Oaks double.

Gai Waterhouse has trained three Australian Oaks winners since 2000 including Once Were Wild (2010). The most successful Australian Oaks barrier draw producing six winners since 1983 is gate five followed by the inside alley with five winners out of barrier one in that time despite the distance of the race.

Australian Oaks Form Facts

  • Favourites in Australian Oaks betting have won three times in recent years with Bonneval (2017), Unforgotten (2018) and Verry Elleegant (2019)
  • Roughies in Australian Oaks odds also have had a number of recent wins including Gust Of Wind ($17 in 2015), Absolutely (31 in 2011) and Rena’s Lady ($21 in 2007)
  • The Adrian Knox Stakes is the key Australian Oaks form line to follow into the Group 1 race
  • Fillies that ran outside the top four in their lead-up run are ones to avoid when doing the Australian Oaks form
  • Sunday Joy (12th in 2003) was the last Australian Oaks winning filly to come off a Australian Derby run against the boys
  • The Australian Derby – Oaks double was last achieved by Research (1989)

2020 ATC Oaks Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive ATC Australian Oaks 2020 Form Guide will be made available below the week of the race.

Australian Oaks Results

Upset Australian Oaks results are not uncommon with the favourites having only a fair record in the classic. The longest priced winners over the past decade are Rena’s Lady ($21 in 2007), Absolutely ($31 in 2011) and Gust Of Wind ($17 in 2015).

Notable recent Australian Oaks winners include Verry Elleegant (2019), Unforgotten (2018), Rising Romance (2014), Royal Descent (2013), Streama (2012) and Serenade Rose (2006).

Australian Oaks Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Verry Elleegant Scarlet Dream Frankely Awesome 2:31.2
2018 Unforgotten Hiyaam Miss Admiration 2:27.2
2017 Bonneval Perfect Rhyme Lasqueti Spirit 2.36.2
2016 Sofia Rosa Ambience Believe 2:34.2
2015 Gust Of Wind Winx Candelara 2:32.4
2014 Rising Romance Zanbagh Lucia Valentina 2:31.7
2013 Royal Descent Dear Demi Gondokoro 2:34.1
2012 Streama Aliyana Tilde Thy 2:31.
2011 Absolutely Shamrocker Pinker Pinker 2:35.6
2010 Once Were Wild Faint Perfume Run For Naara 2:30.4
2009 Daffodil Think Money Miss Darcey 2;33.3
2008 Heavenly Glow Boundless Galileo’s Daughter 2:34.8
2007 Rena’s Lady Perfect Drop Tuesday Joy 2:33.7
2006 Serenade Rose Flora Danica Beauty Watch 2:28.6
2005 Dizelle She’s Justa Tad Gee That’s Tops 2:34.2
2004 Wild Iris French Lady Boulevard Of Dreams 2:30.5
2003 Sunday Joy Shower Of Roses Bramble Rose 2:32.5
2002 Republic Lass Elegant Fashion Quays 2:31.0
2001 Rose Archway Tempest Morn Asia 2:35.8
2000 Coco Cobanna Tributes Miss Zoe 2:32.5