Ladbrokes Tip: The MV Fillies Classic is a good lead-up to the VRC Oaks over the Melbourne Cup Carnival
The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic is a Group 2 race for three-year-old fillies run at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Ladbrokes 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 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m), which is the only elite level race on the card. The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic is one of four Group 2 support acts 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, when the former was contested in the autumn.
The latest edition of the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic ran on Saturday October 28, 2017 .
2017 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Results
- 1st: #2 Banish
- 2nd: #1 I’ll Have A Bit
- 3rd: #8 Touch Of Mink
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Race Info
- Date: Saturday October 28, 2017
- Track: Moonee Valley
- Distance: 1600m
- Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- First Run: 1996
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 recent upsets including Nurse Kitchen ($10 in 2016), Gypsy Diamond ($13 in 2013) and Kazanluk ($10 in 2012) all saluting at double figures.
2017 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Betting
The updated Moonee Valley Fillies Classic 2017 odds and links to our Cox Plate Day betting markets will be provided below the week of the race so stay tuned for the best Group 2 Moonee Valley racing odds online.
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. Any past Group 2 or even Group 1 graduates make a good Moonee Valley Classic betting tip, as do the fillies coming back to a mile off a lead-up run over 2000m during the spring.
2017 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Moonee Valley Fillies Classic 2017 betting tips and Cox Plate Day selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the fillies to back and sack in the Group 2 showdown.
- 1st: #2 BANISH ($5.50) – Godolphin-raced Lonhro filly has the outside alley to overcome, but time to do so getting out to a mile for the first time. She’s previously finished ahead of subsequent Thousand Guineas winner Aloisia so has solid form lines and comes off a win against the older mares at Cranbourne on Cup Day. Big chance at a still nice price with C. Williams a plus in the saddle again.
- 2nd: #3 GLAM GURU ($8.50) – Open field of chances, but fancy this improving daughter of Medaglia D’Oro for a place at the price. She’s in Melbourne for the first time since March where she flopped down the Flemington straight, but should prove to like The Valley circuit. Won back-to-back at home earlier in the season before a genuine last start second over 1800m when only 2.2 lengths beaten (also at Morphettville). Coming back to a mile is a danger out of that Listed Hill Stakes race.
- 3rd: #8 TOUCH OF MINK ($13) – Bit of an unknown, this Matthew Smith-trained Not A Single Doubt filly looks to have upside chasing her maiden win at start number seven. Has been right in the finish in her last two over 1300m and 1400m respectively in Sydney and out to a mile presents as a chance to break the duck back against her own kind.
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. In 2016 I Am A Star finished third in the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Trifecta before beating the mares home in the Myer Classic next start.
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.
2017 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Field
The official Moonee Valley Fillies Classic 2017 Final Field & Barriers will be released on the Wednesday leading-up to Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day and detailed below, so stay tuned to see what fillies make the starting line-up in the Group 2 mile showdown.
The 2017 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Field features a quality field of 11 including Adelaide visitor Glam Guru to be ridden by Damien Oliver, the widely-drawn Banish chasing successive victories from the outside alley with Craig Williams in the saddle and the well-supported Tony McEvoy-trained Mintha down in grade after her fifth in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) last time out.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||42x31x9746||I’LL HAVE A BIT||John McArdle||Jamie Mott||5||57kg||70|
|2||2x31x1631||BANISH||James Cummings||Craig Williams||11||57kg||72|
|3||60×1142||GLAM GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Damien Oliver||9||57kg||69|
|4||339×525||MINTHA||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||8||57kg||66|
|5||553212215||SPEEDWAY||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||1||57kg||67|
|6||1534×6997||PAGEANTRY||Anthony Freedman||Mark Zahra||3||57kg||63|
|7||35056×21||NOTHIN’ ON ME (NZ)||Aaron Purcell||Patrick Moloney||10||57kg||60|
|8||643×325||TOUCH OF MINK||Matthew Smith||Blake Shinn||6||57kg||60|
|9||6x821x062||ROYAL DISGUISE||Mick Price||Beau Mertens (a)||2||57kg||62|
|10||4×621||SHEEZDASHING||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||4||57kg||62|
|11||6×67||A MA SHAY||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||7||57kg||50|
2017 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Nominations
The early Moonee Valley Fillies Classic 2017 nominations are taken the Monday of race week with the full list of entries to be published below once announced.
In 2017 the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Nominations drew 15 entries including the Anthony Freedman-trained So You Think filly Think Diamonds out to atone for an unplaced Group 3 run over further (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day and Lonhro filly Amthaal from the in-form Lindsay Park stable.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||6×67||A MA SHAY||F||3||Pat Carey||50|
|2||58×621||AMTHAAL||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||60|
|4||60×1142||GLAM GURU||F||3||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||69|
|5||42x31x9746||I’LL HAVE A BIT||F||3||John McArdle||70|
|7||317×159||JUSTICE GLORY||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||69|
|9||35056×21||NOTHIN’ ON ME (NZ)||F||3||Aaron Purcell||60|
|11||6x821x062||ROYAL DISGUISE||F||3||Mick Price||62|
|12||4×621||SHEEZDASHING||F||3||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||62|
|14||8334320||THINK DIAMONDS||F||3||Anthony Freedman||61|
|15||643×325||TOUCH OF MINK||F||3||Matthew Smith||60|
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).
2017 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Results
The official Moonee Valley Fillies Classic 2017 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 28, 2017 .
|1||2||BANISH||James Cummings||Craig Williams||–||10||57kg||$7.50|
|2||1||I’LL HAVE A BIT||John McArdle||Jamie Mott||0.75L||4||57kg||$8.50|
|3||8||TOUCH OF MINK||Matthew Smith||Blake Shinn||1.5L||5||57kg||$10|
|4||3||GLAM GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Damien Oliver||3.5L||8||57kg||$9|
|5||5||SPEEDWAY||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||4.25L||1||57kg||$5.50|
|6||10||SHEEZDASHING||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||4.75L||3||57kg||$15|
|7||11||A MA SHAY||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||6.75L||6||57kg||$101|
|8||6||PAGEANTRY||Anthony Freedman||Mark Zahra||11.75L||2||57kg||$6.50|
|9||7||NOTHIN’ ON ME (NZ)||Aaron Purcell||Patrick Moloney||13L||9||57kg||$17|
|10||4||MINTHA||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||20L||7||57kg||$4.80F|
|–||9||ROYAL DISGUISE||Mick Price||Beau Mertens (a)||–||0||–||–|
Moonee Valley Fillies Classic Winners
|2017||BANISH||CRAIG WILLIAMS||JAMES CUMMINGS||01:36.56|
|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|