VRC Kennedy Oaks
Restricted to three year old fillies and run at a long distance, the VRC Kennedy Oaks (previously known as the VRC Crown Oaks) is a pretty unique race, which means it can be fun for punters that have been keeping an eye on the up and comers.

Because a 2500 metre race is quite uncommon for three year old fillies to encounter, it’s good to start investigating any of the entrants which have had a two season career behind them.

The best lead in race to follow is the Wakeful Stakes, a Group 3 race which takes place 5 days prior the Kennedy Stakes, also at Flemington Racecourse.

Kennedy Oaks 2018 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Thursday, November 8th, 2018
  • Race Starts: 5 PM (AEST)
  • Track Location: Flemington Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,500 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Set weights (55.5 kgs)
  • Qualification: Three year olds only (fillies)
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Victoria Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $1,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1861

Kennedy Oaks Trifecta

In order to win the Kennedy Oaks trifecta bet, you will have to successfully choose the first three runners over the line, in the correct order. To know more about how you can carefully consider this high payout bet, please refer to our Kennedy Oaks Trifecta page.

Kennedy Oaks First 4

In order to win the Kennedy Oaks first four bet, you will have to successfully choose the first four horses over the line, in the correct order. To know more about how you can begin to consider this high payout bet, please refer to our Kennedy Oaks First Four page.

Kennedy Oaks Betting

There are many different ways to bet on the Kennedy Oaks, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Kennedy Oaks
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Kennedy Oaks.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Kennedy Oaks. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Kennedy Oaks, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Kennedy Oaks, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Kennedy Oaks to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Kennedy Oaks to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Kennedy Oaks to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Kennedy Oaks, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Kennedy Oaks (VRC Crown Oaks)

  1. Join up at neds.com.au
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Kennedy Oaks Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Kennedy Oaks 2018 Odds

Early market odds for the top thirty-two prospective runners are displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2018 edition of Kennedy Oaks here.

(Please note that the odds below are from 17/09/2018, after nominations, but prior to acceptances).

All In Win Odds Place Odds
Oohood 14 4.25
El Dorado Dreaming 15 4.5
Miss Fabulass 16 4.75
Seabrook 16 4.75
Golden Halo 18 5.25
Oregon Dreamer 21 6
Pressure 26 7.3
Avantage 26 7.3
Cristal Eyes 26 7.25
Fiesta 26 7.3
Frankly Awesome 26 7.3
Fundamentalist 26 7.3
Melt 26 7.3
Peaceful 26 7.3
Yulong Meteor 31 8.5
Aristocratic Miss 31 8.5
Futooh 31 8.5
Krone 31 8.5
Market Ruler 35 10
Spanish Whisper 41 11
Aristia 41 11
Granny Red Shoes 41 11
Outback Barbie 41 11
Satin Slipper 41 11
Eawase 41 11
Lady Of Shalott 41 11
Miss Quaintly 41 11
Xpression 41 11
Cristobal 41 11
High Beam 41 11
Lady Cosmology 51 14
Sequitur 51 13.5

Kennedy Oaks Favourites

Early favourites include Oohood, El Dorado Dreaming, Miss Fabulass and Seabrook.

Kennedy Oaks Form Guide

The form guide will become the Saturday before the Kennedy Oaks. Once finalised, you will be able to read our 2018 Form Guide here.

Kennedy Oaks 2018 Field

The field limit is 16. We show the 16 mostly likely to make the final field in the table below.

Horse Age Sex Past Winnings Trainer
Oohood 3 Filly $1,018,800 Tony McEvoy
El Dorado Dreaming 3 Filly $753,755 Kris Lees
Miss Fabulass 3 Filly $145,240 Kris Lees
Seabrook 3 Filly $569,800 Mick Price
Golden Halo 3 Filly $33,100 Darren Weir
Oregon Dreamer 3 Filly $17,070 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
Pressure 3 Filly $17,820 Matt Cumani
Avantage 3 Filly $762,370 Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards
Cristal Eyes 3 Filly $37,400 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
Fiesta 3 Filly $508,050 Chris Waller
Frankly Awesome 3 Filly N/A N/A
Fundamentalist 3 Filly $203,260 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
Melt 3 Filly $176,626 Nigel Tiley
Peaceful 3 Filly $67,698 M and A Baker and Forsman
Yulong Meteor 3 Filly $33,550 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
Aristocratic Miss 3 Filly $145,140 Tony McEvoy


Kennedy Oaks 2018 Tips

Favourite: Oohood. This Tony McEvoy filly has been holding its own in the three year old and over meets so far in 2018, with a total of 6 places already this year.

Best Bet: Yulong Meteor. With a 3-1-1-0 record, this Bay filly is yet to make a career for itself, but 2018 has shown promise. No longer a maiden, she snatched the top prize in the 1400 metre Racing.com SV 3YO Maiden Plate back in August.

Best Roughie: Miss Quaintly. Belonging to the Phoenix Thoroughbreds stable, this filly has never finished outside of the first four.

Kennedy Oaks Race Day

Race day takes place on Thursday, the 8th of November, 2018.

Kennedy Oaks Start Time

The race is scheduled to start at 5 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time. Kennedy Oaks start times for various states appear in the table below.

State Start Time
Western Australia 2:00 PM
Queensland 4:00 PM
Australian Capital Territory 5:00 PM
Tasmania 5:00 PM
Victoria 5:00 PM
New South Wales 5:00 PM
Northern Territory 3.30 pm
South Australia 4.30 pm


Kennedy Oaks Nominations

Nominations close 12 PM, Thursday the 1st of November, 2018

Kennedy Oaks Weights

Set weights apply to this race. Weights are declared by 4 PM, Thursday, the 1st of November, 2018.

Kennedy Oaks Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9 AM Monday, the 5th of November, 2018.

Kennedy Oaks Riders Announcement

Riders must be declared by 12 PM Monday, the 5th of November, 2018.

Kennedy Oaks Scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Thursday, the 8th of November, 2018.

Kennedy Oaks Prize Money

The Kennedy Oaks prize purse is worth $1,000,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $600,000
2nd $180,000
3rd $90,000
4th $45,000
5th $25,000
6th $20,000
7th $20,000
8th $20,000

Kennedy Oaks Jockeys

Some of the most memorable Kennedy Oaks jockeys of all time include amongst their ranks great riders such as: Damien Oliver, Hugh Bowman and Craig Williams.

Kennedy Oaks Race Number

The Kennedy Oaks is race number 5 on the 6th of November, 2018 part of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, the second race day event of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. There are nine races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse.

Kennedy Oaks Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2018’s Coolmore Stud Stakes has been released.

Kennedy Oaks Live

You can watch or listen to the 2018 Kennedy Oaks live, across the following mediums.

Telecast: Channel Seven

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: 7Live

Kennedy Oaks Race Day – Race Listings

Below is a list of the other races which take place on the same day at Flemington Racecourse.

Race Number Race Name Status Distance
1 Maribyrnong Plate Group 3 1000 metres
2 TCL Curved TV Stakes Listed 1800 metres
3 Red Roses Stakes Listed 1800 metres
4 Red Rock Deli Plate Unlisted 1700 metres
5 Kennedy Oaks Group 1 2500 metres
6 Greys BM90 Handicap Unlisted 1400 metres
7 G.H. Mumm Stakes Listed 1400 metres
8 The Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Series Final Unlisted 1600 metres
9 BM90 Handicap Unlisted 1800 metres


Grey Horses In The Kennedy Oaks

Grey horses which have seen taken first place in the Kennedy Oaks include: Tristanagh in 1989. Rom’s Stiletto in 1982. Brava Jeannie in 1979. Surround in 1976. Grey Nurse in 1948. Nizam’s Ring in 1947. Formosa in 1871.

Kennedy Oaks Winners

Winners of the Kennedy Oaks for the past eighteen years are displayed in the table below. If you would like to view the full list of Kennedy Oaks winners, going all the way back to 1861, please visit our Kennedy Oaks Winners page.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Time
2017 Pinot Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 2:37.25
2016 Lasqueti Spirit Lee Curtis Brenton Avdulla 2:37.73
2015 Jameka Ciaron Maher Damien Oliver 2:43.34
2014 Set Square Ciaron Maher Hugh Bowman 2:39.33
2013 Kirramosa John Sargent Nash Rawiller 2:40.64
2012 Dear Demi Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 2:35.88
2011 Mosheen Robert Smerdon Danny Nikolic 2:39.39
2010 Brazilian Pulse Michael Moroney Craig Williams 2:41.64
2009 Faint Perfume Bart Cummings Michael Rodd 2:37.22
2008 Samantha Miss Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 2:37.57
2007 Arapaho Miss Pat Carey Corey Brown 2:36.85
2006 Miss Finland David Hayes Craig Williams 2:37.16
2005 Serenade Rose Lee Freedman Steven King 2:36.35
2004 Hollow Bullet John McArdle David Taggart 2:41.28
2003 Special Harmony Lee Freedman Damien Oliver 2:39.04
2002 Bulla Borghese Ron Quinton Chris Munce 2:36.31
2001 Magical Miss Bart Cummings Steven Arnold 2:34.77
2000 Lovelorn John Hawkes Brett Prebble 2:35.38
1999 Tributes John Hawkes Darren Gauci 2:34.39