Ladbrokes Tip: The Wakeful Stakes is the best guide to VRC Oaks winners in the past 30 years
The Kennedy Oaks (formerly the Crown Oaks and also known as the VRC Oaks) is one of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival’s marquee races with a whole meeting known as Ladies’ Day devoted to the three-year-old fillies’ feature every year. Held on the third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival on the Thursday after the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November, the 2500m classic runs at Flemington Racecourse and is worth $1 million in prize money.
Held since 1861 the race registered as the VRC Oaks was upgraded to a Group 1 event in 1979 and has been won by many notable mares during their three-year-old season including Mosheen (2011), Samantha Miss (2008), Miss Finland (2006), Research (1988), Rose Of Kingston (1981) and Light Fingers (1964).
The 2021 Kennedy Oaks took place on 2021 and was won by the Godolphin-raced favourite Willowy off her Wakeful Stakes victory.
2021 VRC Oaks Results
The season’s official Kennedy Oaks 2021 Results and full Kennedy Oaks Finishing Order for 2021 will be published below as of Thursday November 4, 2021.
- 1st: #2 Willowy
- 2nd: #6 Douceur
- 3rd: #4 Biscayne Bay
The James Cummings-trained Willowy ($3.70F) was brave late running down Douceur in the final strides thanks to another perfectly-timed ride by jockey Damien Oliver who now boasts a record-equalling seven wins in the race. Backing-up off her Wakeful Stakes victory on Derby Day, the progressive Kermadec filly narrowly saluted for the punters in the 2021 Kennedy Oaks results and looks in for a big autumn next time in.
Kennedy Oaks Race Facts
- Date: Thursday November 4, 2021
- Track: Flemington Racecourse
- Distance: 2500m
- Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $1 million
- First Run: 1861
Kennedy Oaks Betting
Kennedy Oaks betting markets really go off after the field is released with punters selecting from the capacity 16 fillies in the mix each year. While futures markets are open earlier, waiting for the official line-up is a safer bet.
The season’s best staying fillies typically lead the markets and are proven performers in the classic with favourites boasting a strong record with five saluting from 2008 – 2021 most recently Willowy ($3.70 in 2021).
The fillies coming off a win also dominate VRC Oaks odds online with upset winner Lasqueti Spirit (2016) the first since 2012 to win off a loss. In 2017 the VRC Oaks winner Pinot came off a lead-up win in the Ethereal Stakes, while in 2018 Aristia completed the Wakeful Stakes – Kennedy Oaks double. The double was repeated a year later with Miami Bound (2019) also taking out the Oaks on the back of a Wakeful Stakes success, and again in 2021 with the James Cummings-trained Willowy.
2021 Kennedy Oaks Odds
The spring’s top Kennedy Oaks 2021 odds and Kennedy Oaks betting market links will be available below once open so you can back your early favourites in the Flemington Group 1 staying race at the best price.
Early market betting odds on the 2022 Kennedy Oaks will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.
Kennedy Oaks Tips
Kennedy Oaks tips can be found everywhere during the Melbourne Cup Carnival betting season and it is usually the favourite in the markets leading the early predictions.
The best lead-up race into the Kennedy Oaks historically is the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes run on Victoria Derby Day the Saturday prior to the race, which has produced eight winners since 2010 including Kirramosa (2013), Aristia (2018), Miami Bound (2019) and Willowy (2021) who all completed the double. In 2020 the Kennedy Oaks winner Personal improved on a lead-up second in the Wakeful Stakes to take out the staying classic.
Other good Kennedy Oaks tips are to back graduates out of earlier Melbourne spring races as Lasqueti Spirit (2016) was the first winner to come off a Sydney lead-up race since Tributes (1999), and to take fillies that are proven at least up to 2000m.
2021 Kennedy Oaks Tips
Our exclusive Ladbrokes’ Kennedy Oaks 2021 Tips and Kennedy Oaks Group 1 betting predictions will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the fillies to back and sack in the Cup Carnival clash.
- To Win: #2 Willowy ($4 at time of publish)
Loved the Wakeful win by Willowy on Derby Day to put this progressive Godolphin-raced Kermadec filly in the frame for the Oaks. She’s on the quick back-up and rising notably in grade but is on the improve, continues to impress the stable and looks like she’ll run out the distance based on pedigree and recent performances. D. Oliver rides from barrier two and in a small field should get a lovely run from the gate.
Kennedy Oaks Field
The Kennedy Oaks field has a capacity of 16 starters and four emergencies and is released on the Monday three days out from the race. Before the Kennedy Oaks final field of acceptances is out the week of the event, the early nominations are taken by Racing Victoria in late September and typically feature around 70 to 80 three-year-old fillies.
Fillies may come into the Kennedy Oaks field off a lead-up run in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) held the Saturday before on Derby Day, the double last completed by Willowy (2021), Miami Bound (2019), Aristia (2018) and Kirramosa (2013).
Another good lead-up into the Kennedy Oaks field is the classic Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) in late October with the last Oaks winner to come off the weight-for-age feature against the older horses being Samantha Miss (3rd in 2008).
2021 Kennedy Oaks Field
The official Kennedy Oaks 2021 Final Field and Kennedy Oaks Barrier Draw will be published below once its been officially released.
2021 Kennedy Oaks Nominations
The early Kennedy Oaks 2021 Nominations close on Tuesday October 5, 2021 and will be published below.
The 2021 Kennedy Oaks nominations attracted 48 young fillies including the Preview winner Barb Raider – a daughter of former 100/1 Derby winner Rebel Raider – and the upset Flight Stakes winner Never Been Kissed.
2021 Kennedy Oaks First Acceptances
The Kennedy Oaks 2021 First Acceptances are open until Tuesday October 19, 2021 and will be updated here.
Kennedy Oaks Form Guide
The Kennedy Oaks form guide details all the basic information and statistics you need to place a well-informed wager on the classic including the jockeys and trainers of each filly, their starting barrier and lead-up form.
Last start winners are always a good way to go with nine VRC Oaks winners from 2009 – 2021 having won their lead-up race. Previous form at Flemington is also crucial with all but 10 Kennedy Oaks champs since 1983 having had their final start at the track.
VRC Oaks Winner (2015) Jameka went on to win the Caulfield Cup the following year. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos
Kennedy Oaks Form Facts
- Kennedy Oaks favourites have only won twice since 2010
- Last start winners have dominated the recent Kennedy Oaks results
- The Wakeful Stakes is the key Kennedy Oaks form race producing more winners in the past 30 years than any other event
- Fillies that contested a Flemington race before the Kennedy Oaks have the best strike rate
- Damien Oliver boasts a record-equalling seven VRC Oaks victories including the past three on Miami Bound (2019), Personal (2020) and Willowy (2021)
2021 Kennedy Oaks Form Guide
A link to the comprehensive Kennedy Oaks 2021 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.
Kennedy Oaks Results
The Kennedy Oaks results and finishing order of all the starters are known after the event runs as one of the last on the Flemington card on the Thursday meeting in early November. The results reveal not only the winner but also the winning quinella, trifecta and first four and the margins that are all crucial when checking your exotic bets.
There have been a number of notable upset Kennedy Oaks results in the past decade including the shock all-the-way win by Lasqueti Spirit ($101) in 2016.
Some of the standout Kennedy Oaks winners include subsequent Caulfield Cup winner Jameka (2016), Samantha Miss (2008), Miss Finland (2006) and Research (1988).
Kennedy Oaks Winners
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