Bet on the Crown Oaks - Thursday November 7th 2013
Crown Oaks day is the girl’s opportunity to shine. Day three – Thursday 7th November 2013 - of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, at Flemington Racecourse, the biggest jewel on the card is the $1million Crown Oaks.
A taxing 2500m, Group 1 for three-year-old fillies, the Crown Oaks is run under set weight conditions. The sister event to the Victoria Derby held five days earlier, the Crown Oaks is the most respected filly-only race of the spring. Four-time Group 1 winner Mosheen defeated Crown Oaks odds favourite Dowager Queen to claim the honours in 2011.
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When is the Crown Oaks 2013?
The Crown Oaks will be held on Thursday November 7th 2013, at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.
Facts about the Crown Oaks
- Each filly carries 55.5kg
- Formerly known as VRC Oaks
- Also known as Ladies Day
Crown Oaks Day is by far the most glamorous day of racing. Commonly referred to as ‘Ladies Day’, off the track the style stakes are high in the Fashions on the Field grand finale. You can bet Crown Oaks 2013 will not disappoint.
First held in 1859 and under the title VRC Oaks, the race was held over 12 furlongs. This distance stood until 1973 when the current 2500m was fixed. The timing and distance of this event make it a very tough race. Held at the end of many horses’ spring campaigns, horses that succeed are proven turf performers with great stamina and fight.
Punters looking to secure a winning Crown Oaks bet are encouraged to follow the Wakeful Stakes form on Victoria Derby Day. Hollow Bullet won the Crown Oaks in 2004 following her win the previous weekend in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes. Since then, Serenade Rose (2005), Faint Perfume (2009) and Brazilian Pulse (2010) have followed the same golden path. Timbourina in 2003 and Tuesday Joy in 2006 ran second in the Wakeful Stakes before winning the Crown Oaks.
The filly-only Edward Manifold Stakes in early October, while held over a much shorter 1600m, does hold some weight. A strong finish here could well signal the horse is on target to hit top form in time for the Crown Oaks. Thus was the case with 2011 winner Mosheen. Also of interest is the Thousand Guineas in mid-October. Quality fillies will come through this Group 1 on their way to ultimate Crown Oaks glory.
As for tradition off the track, introduced as a novelty in 1962, Fashions on the Field has grown into an industry, with a national program of heats held across country and metropolitan race tracks throughout the year. International celebrities, the likes of Eva Longoria, Paris Hilton, Carson Kressley, are flown into Melbourne for the final judging, which occurs annually on Crown Oaks Day.
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Winners of the Crown Oaks
Below is a list of Crown Oaks Winners and Crown Oaks runners up in the past few years:
|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|
The grand Flemington Racecourse, or Melbourne Racecourse as it was called in the early years, hosted its first race meeting in 1840. Back then, the track was under the operation of two rival clubs, the Victoria Turf Club and the Victoria Jockey Club. Two decades later, in 1864, the clubs amalgamated to form the Victoria Racing Club (VRC), which remains today.
As Australia’s largest racecourse, with a circumference of 2312m, there’s ample room for all horses to run well here. The track is pear-shaped and is famous for its ‘straight six’. This 1200m or six furlong straight allows sprint races to be run in a straight line. The fully grassed track reigns as the supreme venue for the Melbourne Spring Carnival.
The National Heritage listed site is truly an international venue. The grounds can accommodate over 120,000 spectators and there are three viewing arenas, including the $46million, five-tiered, 5600 seat members grandstand. It’s the perfect spot to take in the Flemington grounds, including the largest public rose garden in the southern hemisphere.
Most Successful at Crown Oaks
Miss Finland won the Crown Oaks in 2006. The fabulous filly’s stellar career included five Group 1s; the Australian Guineas, Thousand Guineas, Arrowfield Stakes and the Golden Slipper. Miss Finland was the first Group 1 Golden Slipper winner to win the Crown Oaks. The daughter of Redoute’s Choice, Miss Finland retired to stud in 2008, with $4.6million in stakes.
Damien Oliver is the most successful jockey still ridding. A winner in 1994, 1997 and 2004, Oliver combined with trainer Lee Freedman on each occasion. Jimmy Cassidy is the only jockey to eclipse Oliver’s record. He won four, and in dream fashion, almost; 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990.
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