Ladbrokes Tip: The MV Fillies Classic is a good lead-up to the Crown Oaks at Flemington
The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic is a Group 2 race for three-year-old fillies run at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Cox Plate Day in late October during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Previously known as the Moonee Valley Oaks and run in March during the autumn, since 2013 the event has been part of the spring line-up and makes a nice lead-up run for fillies heading towards the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Cox Plate Day is obviously headlined by the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m). The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic is one of four Group 2 support acts on the card along with the Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m), Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) and the Crystal Mile (1600m). Contested over a mile (1600m) the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic is a set weights event and offers a total of $200,000 in prize money.
The last filly to win both the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (then the MV Oaks) and the Crown Oaks as a three-year-old was Special Harmony who won the Fillies Classic in 2004 after her 2003 Crown Oaks victory.
The next edition of the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic is set to run on Late October, 2017.
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Odds & Betting
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic odds are released after the final field is announced the Wednesday before Cox Plate Day on the Saturday.
Fillies that come off a promising run in a race like the Thousand Guineas over the same distance two weeks before that have earlier form on the notoriously tight Moonee Valley circuit often sit high up the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic betting markets.
Favourites have a good recent strike rate in the race but there can still be value tipping a double-figure hope in the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic markets with the last upset caused by Gypsy Diamond ($13 in 2013). The year before Kazanluk won the 2012 Fillies Classic at double-figures ($10).
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Field
The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic attracts a class field of three-year-old fillies heading towards a run in a race like the Crown Oaks or the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) against the older mares on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse. Many of the fillies in the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic field come off a run in Flemington’s Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) earlier in the month, which last produced a winner with My Poppette (3rd) in 2015).
Fillies may also come off a run in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield a fortnight earlier, a race that produced recent Moonee Valley Fillies Classic winners Lumosty (8th) in 2014 and Gypsy Diamond (6th) in 2013. Also in 2013, Gregers ran second in the MV Fillies Classic on the back of a Thousand Guineas third.
Another possible next-up option for the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic graduates on Derby Day is the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m). Moonee Valley Fillies Classic nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday followed by the release of the final field and barriers on the Wednesday.
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Tips
Good Moonee Valley Fillies Classic tips include looking for fillies with previous winning form over the mile, those with experience at the tight Moonee Valley track and Group performed youngsters showing improvement in their spring runs.
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Form Guide
The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic form guide details all the must know info for punters including the jockeys, trainers, barriers, lead-up runs and track / distance records of the runners in the field.
The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic form has held-up in other spring races for female gallopers in recent years including the Crown Oaks, a race the 2013 MV Fillies Classic winner Gypsy Diamond ran fourth in two starts later. In 2011 Lights Of Heaven won the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic when it was held during the autumn before success in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide next start.
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Results
The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic results have been dominated by classy fillies in recent years more than champion mares-in-the-making. Notable Moonee Valley Fillies Classic winners from the past decade include My Poppette (2015), Gypsy Diamond (2013) and Lights Of Heaven (2011).
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Winners
|2016||NURSE KITCHEN||KERRIN MCEVOY||DAVID BRIDEOAKE||01:40.0|
|2015||MY POPPETTE||MARK ZAHRA||ROBERT SMERDON||01:36.3|
|2014||LUMOSTY||NICHOLAS HALL||ROBERT SMERDON||01.37.3|
|2013||GYPSY DIAMOND||JAMES MCDONALD||JOHN O’SHEA||01.38.7|
|2012*||KAZANLUK||KERRIN MCEVOY||ANTHONY FREEDMAN||01.38.3|
|2012*||EMPRESS ROCK||STEVEN ARNOLD||BART CUMMINGS||01.36.8|
|2011||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01.35.6|
|2010||MY EMOTION||CRAIG WILLIAMS||MICHAEL KENT||01.36.4|
|2009||ROMNEYA||KERRIN MCEVOY||LEE FREEDMAN||01.30.6|
|2008||ABSOLUT GLAM||STEVEN KING||DANNY O’BRIEN||01.30.3|
|2007||ANAMATO||MICHAEL RODD||DAVID HAYES||01.31.0|
|2006||PURE HARMONY||NOEL CALLOW||MICK PRICE||01.30.8|