Crown Oaks 2017

Thursday November 9, 2017

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

The Crown Oaks, run as the Kennedy Oaks in 2017,  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).

This year the 2017 Crown Oaks ran on Thursday November 9, 2017 and was known as the Kennedy Oaks.

2017 VRC Crown Oaks Results

  • 1st: #4 Pinot
  • 2nd: #3 Bring Me Roses
  • 3rd: #6 Hiyaam
  • 4th: #2 Luvaluva

Crown Oaks Race Facts

  • Date: Thursday November 9, 2017
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 2500m
  • Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1861

2017 Crown Oaks Results

The season’s official Crown Oaks 2017 Results and full Kennedy Oaks Finishing Order for 2017 is now published below as of Thursday November 9, 2017 .

The 2017 VRC Oaks Results saw last start Ethereal Stakes winning Pierro filly salute, handing co-trainer Gai Waterhouse with her maiden win in the spring classic.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 4 PINOT Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 6 55.5kg $5.50
2 3 BRING ME ROSES Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 1.25L 7 55.5kg $31
3 6 HIYAAM (NZ) Mick Price Michael Dee 2.75L 5 55.5kg $21
4 2 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Blake Shinn 2.85L 10 55.5kg $6.50
5 12 MISS ADMIRATION Mick Price Noel Callow 2.95L 1 55.5kg $151
6 1 ALOISIA (NZ) Aaron Purcell Luke Nolen 3.15L 9 55.5kg $1.80F
7 5 RIMRAAM (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 3.25L 12 55.5kg $16
8 8 RELIABLE DAME (NZ) Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 7.25L 4 55.5kg $26
9 9 SWEET MISCHIEF Tony McEvoy Ms Jamie Kah 7.35L 3 55.5kg $91
10 10 FOUR KOALAS Brian McGrath Hugh Bowman 12.35L 8 55.5kg $101
11 7 LUCKY LOUIE Anthony & Edward Cummings Ben Melham 12.85L 11 55.5kg $71
12 11 CIRCULEIGHT Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 27.85L 2 55.5kg $101

Crown Oaks Betting & Odds

Crown 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 four saluting from 2008 – 2017 most recently Kirramosa (2013).

The fillies coming off a win also dominate Crown 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.

2017 Crown Oaks Odds

The spring’s top Crown Oaks 2017 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.

Crown Oaks Tips

Crown 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 Crown Oaks historically is the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes run on Victoria Derby Day the Saturday prior to the race, which has produced four winners since 2010 including Kirramosa who completed the double in 2013.

Other good Crown 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.

2017 Crown Oaks Tips

Our exclusive Ladbrokes’ Kennedy Oaks 2017 Tips and Crown 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.

  • 1st: #1 ALOISIA ($1.55) – She’s odds-on and it’s hard to see anything running down this very, very good filly. The Thousand Guineas win over a mile two back was an upset, but she proved that was just the start of her staying career blitzing the boys in The Vase at Moonee Valley. She had 3.5 lengths to spare on runner-up Cliff’s Edge and he held a further 4.5 length margin on third placed Salsamor. Was prepared by dual VRC Oaks winning horseman Ciaron Maher before the suspension and he prepared Jameka (2015) to do The Vase – Oaks double. The Vase form was also franked in the VRC Derby when fourth placed Pissaro, who Aloisia beat by 9.4 lengths, finished fourth again 2.7 lengths beaten. Back or don’t sack her.
  • 2nd: #2 LUVALUVA ($8.50) – There are two other single-figure fancies out to score the upset, but rate this John Sargent-trained Wakeful Stakes winner as the danger. She made up all the late ground from the back in the Derby Day lead-up win over 2000m at Flemington and is fit and ready to go again. Looks like the step-up to 2500m will present no problems and Sargent did the Wakeful – Oaks double in 2013 with Kirramosa so knows how to get these staying fillies to peak.
  • 3rd: #5 RIMRAAM ($17) – Looking at consistency and fitness, it’s hard to leave this Commands filly from the Lindsay Park stables out of the VRC Oaks Trifecta tip. She was runner-up to Pinot, second elect for the Oaks, in the Ethereal Stakes on Caulfield Cup Day before being run down late when third in the Wakeful only a quarter-length beaten. Yet to finish out of the money in seven starts and can finish in the top three again even from the outside alley.

Crown Oaks Field

The Crown 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 Crown 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 Crown 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 Kirramosa (2013). Another good lead-up into the Crown 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).

2017 Crown Oaks Field

The official Crown Oaks 2017 Final Field and Kennedy Oaks Barrier Draw has now been released and is published in full below. The 2017 VRC Oaks attracted just a dozen starters including the flying Aloisia, odds-on favourite after winning the Thousand Guineas then beating home the boys in the Moonee Valley Vase by a runaway margin.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 52x12x511 ALOISIA (NZ) Aaron Purcell Luke Nolen 9 55.5kg
2 177621 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Blake Shinn 10 55.5kg
3 43210 BRING ME ROSES Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 7 55.5kg
4 92211 PINOT Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 6 55.5kg
5 22×22123 RIMRAAM (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 12 55.5kg
6 5×1234 HIYAAM (NZ) Mick Price Michael Dee 5 55.5kg
7 2x47x45369 LUCKY LOUIE Anthony & Edward Cummings Ben Melham 11 55.5kg
8 86×9714 RELIABLE DAME (NZ) Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 4 55.5kg
9 7237 SWEET MISCHIEF Tony McEvoy Ms Jamie Kah 3 55.5kg
10 9964428 FOUR KOALAS Brian McGrath Hugh Bowman 8 55.5kg
11 3×2862 CIRCULEIGHT Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 2 55.5kg
12 066×840 MISS ADMIRATION Mick Price Noel Callow 1 55.5kg

2017 Crown Oaks Nominations

Crown Oaks 2017 Nominations close in late September and the full list of early Crown Oaks entries will be available right here once announced.

The 2017 Kennedy Crown Oaks Nominations drew a bumper 92 fillies including Aloisia for the suspended Ciaron Maher who won the race back-to-back with Set Square (2014) and Jameka (2015), and Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Pinot who won the Kennedy Oaks Trial (1800m) at Flemington on September 27.

Crown Oaks Form Guide

The Crown 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 six Crown Oaks winners from 2009 – 2017 having won their lead-up race. Previous form at Flemington is also crucial with all but 10 Crown 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.

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

Crown Oaks Form Facts

  • Crown Oaks favourites have only one once since 2010
  • Last start winners have dominated the recent Crown Oaks results
  • The Wakeful Stakes is the key Crown Oaks form race producing more winners in the past 30 years than any other event
  • Fillies that contested a Flemington race before the Crown Oaks have the best strike rate

2017 Crown Oaks Form Guide

A link to the comprehensive VRC Oaks 2017 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

Crown Oaks Results

The Crown 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 Crown Oaks results in the past decade including the shock all-the-way win by Lasqueti Spirit ($101) in 2016. Some of the standout Crown Oaks winners include subsequent Caulfield Cup winner Jameka (2016), Samantha Miss (2008), Miss Finland (2006) and Research (1988).

Crown Oaks Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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