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.
|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.
|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 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
|2017||Pinot||Bring Me Roses||Hiyaam||2:37.25|
|2016||Lasqueti Spirit||Harlow Gold||Eleonora||2:37.7|
|2014||Set Square||Thunder Lady||Golconda||2:39.3|
|2011||Mosheen||Dowager Queen||Roma Giaconda||2:39.3|
|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|
|2001||Magical Miss||Manang||Li Lo Lill||2:34.7|
|2000||Lovelorn||Lan Kwai Fong||Lolita Star||2:35.3|