Ladbrokes Tip: The Wakeful Stakes – Crown Oaks double is a popular spring punt!
The Wakeful Stakes is a Group 2 race run at Flemington Racecourse on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup (the first Tuesday of November) as part of Victoria Derby Day.
Victoria Derby Day kicks off the Melbourne Cup Carnival and features four Group 1 events – the Victoria Derby (2500m), Longines Mile (1600m), Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Myer Classic (1600m).
Also on the card are the Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) for the sprinters and the Wakeful Stakes run over 2000m and open only to three-year-old fillies. This group 2 race is a set weights plus penalties clash offering $300,000 in prize money and fillies often back-up just five days later in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m).
The latest fillies to achieve the Wakeful Stakes – Crown Oaks double include Kirramosa (2013), Brazilian Pulse (2010), Faint Perfume (2009) and Serenade Rose (2005).
The next edition of the Wakeful Stakes is set to run on Late October, 2017.
Wakeful Stakes Odds & Betting
Wakeful Stakes odds are led each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival by smart fillies showing the potential to stay with winning form at least up to 1600m.
Previous winners in Group company over the season and those with a proven ability at Flemington Racecourse also feature high up the Wakeful Stakes betting markets, which are released on the Wednesday leading up to Derby Day.
Upsets are not uncommon in the race and the last winner to jump at double-figures in Wakeful Stakes betting was subsequent Crown Oaks runner-up Thunder Lady ($31 in 2014).
Wakeful Stakes Field
The Wakeful Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of three-year-old staying fillies, some looking to back-up on the quick five day turnaround into the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) back at Flemington on the first Thursday of November.
Fillies come into the Wakeful Stakes field including the Group 3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day, which last produced a Wakeful winner with Ambience (3rd) in 2015. Ambience also backed-up to cross third to Jameka in the 2015 Crown Oaks next run. In 2013 Solicit ran second in the Ethereal Stakes, third in the Wakeful Stakes and third in the Crown Oaks.
In 2014 winner Thunder Lady also ran second in the Crown Oaks. Wakeful Stakes runners may also have had a previous lead-up in Caulfield’s Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) the month before, and in 2013 May’s Dream ran second in both races. In 2012 Zydeco won the event on the back of a Thousand Guineas third and also finished second in that year’s Crown Oaks to Dear Demi.
Wakeful Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the final acceptances and barrier draw out on the Wednesday.
Wakeful Stakes Tips
Top Wakeful Stakes tips to take to the bookies on Victoria Derby Day include looking for fillies with winning form over 1600m and further, those proven in similar company and in-form Sydney visitors who have a good recent strike rate over the locals in the Melbourne Group 2.
Favourites only have a fair recent record, so looking for fillies that fit the brief further down the markets is also a good Wakeful Stakes betting tip.
Wakeful Stakes Form Guide
The Wakeful Stakes form guide details all the must know information on the race and its runners including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the fillies in the field.
Fillies coming out of the race have franked the Wakeful Stakes form in tougher races a number of times in the past decade including Kirramosa (1st in 2013) who won the Crown Oaks next-up.
Wakeful Stakes Results
The results have been dominated by smart fillies in the past decade, many of the placegetters from which back-up to finish in the money in the Crown Oaks next start. Notable recent winners of the race include Kirramosa (2013), Atlantic Jewel (2011), Brazilian Pulse (2010), Faint Perfume (2009), Tuesday Joy (2006) and Serenade Rose (2005).
Wakeful Stakes Past Winners
|2016||Tiamo Grace||Sebring Dream||Missrock||2:04.4|
|2011||Atlantic Jewel||Rahveel||Dowager Queen||2:04.9|
|2009||Faint Perfume||Silent Surround||Melito||2:03.2|
|2007||Zarita||Riva San||Katherine Gold||2:05.8|
|2004||Hollow Bullet||Storm Alert||Mango Daiquiri||2:02.1|
|2003||Timbourina||Special Harmony||Dane Beltar||2:05.5|
|2002||Hierogram||Its Who Deanie||Lashed||2:02.9|
|2001||Quays||Gold Lottery||Li Lo Lill||2:01.2|
|2000||Lolita Star||Lang Kwai Fong||Tanith||2:04.7|