Kennedy Oaks (VRC Crown 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)
- Join up at neds.com.au
- Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
- Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
- 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).
- 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|
|El Dorado Dreaming||15||4.5|
|Granny Red Shoes||41||11|
|Lady Of Shalott||41||11|
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.
|El Dorado Dreaming||3||Filly||$753,755||Kris Lees|
|Miss Fabulass||3||Filly||$145,240||Kris Lees|
|Golden Halo||3||Filly||$33,100||Darren Weir|
|Oregon Dreamer||3||Filly||$17,070||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|Avantage||3||Filly||$762,370||Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards|
|Cristal Eyes||3||Filly||$37,400||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|Fundamentalist||3||Filly||$203,260||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|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.
|Western Australia||2:00 PM|
|Australian Capital Territory||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.
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
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.
|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|