VRC Oaks 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The Wakeful Stakes is the best guide to VRC Oaks winners in the past 30 years

The VRC Oaks, currently run as the Kennedy Oaks due to sponsorship, 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.

2022 VRC Oaks winner She's Extreme

2022 VRC Oaks winner She’s Extreme. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

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).

VRC Oaks Day is also host to two Group 3 support acts with the Ottawa Stakes and Red Roses Stakes also taking place at the meeting.

The 2023 VRC Kennedy Oaks tooks place on 2023 at Flemington on Day 3 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and was won in a stylish two length blitz by the James Cummings-trained favourite Zardozi ($2.70F). 

2023 VRC Oaks Results

The season’s official VRC Oaks 2023 Results and full VRC Oaks Finishing Order for 2023 will be published below as of Thursday November 9, 2023.

2023 VRC Oaks winner Zardozi

2023 VRC Oaks winner Zardozi was too strong with a two length victory for the punters. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #2 Zardozi
  • 2nd: #8 Aethelflaed
  • 3rd: #7 Basilinna

The James Cummings-trained favourite Zardozi ($2.70F) relished the step-up in distance off her close second in the Wakeful to show off her brilliant turn of foot over the final 300m racing away to salute in the 2023 VRC Oaks results by over two lengths.

2023 VRC Oaks Odds

The spring’s top VRC Oaks 2023 odds and VRC 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 2024 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.

2023 VRC Oaks Results

The season’s official VRC Oaks 2023 Results and full VRC Oaks Finishing Order for 2023 will be published below as of Thursday November 9, 2023.

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

VRC Oaks Race Facts

  • Date: Thursday November 9, 2023
  • 2023 Race Name: Kennedy Oaks
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 2500m
  • Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1861

VRC Kennedy Oaks Betting

VRC Oaks betting markets really heat up 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 seven saluting from 2008 – 2023 most recently Willowy ($3.70 in 2021), She’s Extreme ($2.30 in 2022), and Zardozi ($2.70 in 2023).

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 – VRC 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.

Zardozi (2nd in 2023) was the last Kennedy Oaks winner to come via the Wakeful on Derby Day.

VRC Kennedy Oaks Field

The VRC Oaks race field has a capacity of 16 starters and four emergencies and is released on the Monday three days out from the race. Before the VRC 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 VRC 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 VRC 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).

2023 VRC Oaks Field

The official VRC Oaks 2023 Final Field and VRC Oaks Barrier Draw will be published below once its been officially released.

The Kennedy Oaks 2023 final field features a smart line-up of three-year-old fillies including Group 1 Flight Stakes winner Tropical Squall, the fellow Waterhouse/Bott-trained Amazonian Lass coming off a win in the Wakeful Stakes here and Godolpin’s eye-catching runner-up in the same key lead-up Zardozi

2023 VRC Oaks Nominations

The early VRC Oaks 2023 Nominations are taken on a Tuesday in early to mid-October and will be published below in full once confirmed.

VRC Kennedy Oaks Tips

VRC 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 VRC 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 VRC Oaks winner Personal improved on a lead-up second in the Wakeful Stakes to take out the staying classic.

Other good VRC 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.

In 2022 the VRC Oaks winning filly She’s Extreme improved on a lead-up third against the boys in Sydney’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).

2023 VRC Oaks Tips

Our exclusive Ladbrokes’ VRC Oaks 2023 Tips and VRC 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: #1 Tropical Squall – BET NOW

Open edition of the Oaks but happy to get back on Tropical Squall. The consistent Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained daughter of Prized Icon won the Group 1 Flight Stakes in Sydney two back over the mile. She was beaten in the Group 3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield last time out on October 21 but was drawn wide (12) and carried plenty of weight (59kg). Back to 56kg here at set weights. Has a gun gate three draw and confidence of a previous Melbourne run. Can bounce back.

VRC Kennedy Oaks Form Guide

The VRC 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 VRC Oaks champs since 1983 having had their final start at the track.

Crown Oaks Betting markets put Jameka first for the 2015 running of the race.

VRC Oaks Winner (2015) Jameka went on to win the Caulfield Cup the following year. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos

VRC Oaks Form Facts

  • Last start winners have dominated the recent VRC Oaks results.
  • The Wakeful Stakes is the key VRC Oaks form race producing more winners in the past 30 years than any other event.
  • Fillies that contested a Flemington race before the VRC 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).

2023 VRC Oaks Form Guide

A link to the comprehensive VRC Oaks 2023 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

VRC Kennedy Oaks Results

The VRC Oaks race 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 VRC Oaks results in the past decade including the shock all-the-way win by Lasqueti Spirit ($101) in 2016.

Some of the standout VRC Oaks winners include subsequent Caulfield Cup winner Jameka (2016), Samantha Miss (2008), Miss Finland (2006), and Research (1988).

Tributes holds the current VRC Oaks race record winning in 2001 in a time of 2 minutes 34:39 seconds.

Past VRC Oaks Winners

Recent VRC Oaks / Kennedy Oaks winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Zardozi Aethelflaed Basilinna 2:38.59
2022 She’s Extreme Pavitra Queen Air 2:39.14
2021 Willowy Douceur Biscayne Bay 2:40.99
2020 Personal Salto Angel Montefilia 2:36.98
2019 Miami Bound Never Listen Moonlight Maid 2:38.32
2018 Aristia Greysful Glamour Miner’s Miss 2:40.54
2017 Pinot Bring Me Roses Hiyaam 2:37.25
2016 Lasqueti Spirit Harlow Gold Eleonora 2:37.7
2015 Jameka Honesta Ambience 2:43.3
2014 Set Square Thunder Lady Golconda 2:39.3
2013 Kirramosa Zanbagh Solicit 2:40.6
2012 Dear Demi Zydeco Summerbliss 2:35.8
2011 Mosheen Dowager Queen Roma Giaconda 2:39.3
2010 Brazilian Pulse Shamrocker Placement 2:41.6
2009 Faint Perfume Valdemoro Savsbelle 2:37.2
2008 Samantha Miss Miss Scarlatti Allez Wonder 2:37.5
2007 Arapaho Miss Serious Speed Marjorie 2:36.8
2006 Miss Finland Tuesday Joy Anamato 2:37.2
2005 Serenade Rose Florica Danica Empress Lily 2:36.3
2004 Hollow Bullet Kylikwong Storm Alert 2:31.2
2003 Special Harmony Dane Belltar Timbourina 2:39.0
2002 Bulla Borghese Lashed Antique 2:36.3
2001 Magical Miss Manang Li Lo Lill 2:34.7
2000 Lovelorn Lan Kwai Fong Lolita Star 2:35.3