Looking for early info on this year’s VRC Kennedy Oaks? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know.

VRC Kennedy Oaks







Restricted to three year old fillies and run at a long distance of 2500m, the VRC Kennedy Oaks (previously known as the VRC Crown Oaks) is a $1 million feature held on the third day of the iconic Melbourne Cup Carnival. 

The set weights staying event runs on the Thursday after the time-honoured Melbourne Cup, which is held on the first Tuesday of November annually, and is the feature race on what is known as Ladies Day at Flemington Racecourse.

The best lead in race to follow is the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) held only five days earlier at HQ as part of Victoria Derby Day. Willowy (2021) was the last filly to complete the Wakeful Stakes – VRC Oaks double

Kennedy Oaks 2021 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Thursday, November 4th, 2021
  • 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
  • 2021 Kennedy Oaks Winner: Willowy

kennedy Oaks 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Kennedy Oaks results will be available below once the race takes place on Thursday November 4, 2021. 

  1. #2 Willowy
  2. #6 Douceur
  3. #4 Biscayne Bay

Willowy ($3.70F) came wide on the turn for home to run down the brave leader on the straight Douceur ($21) in another devastatingly close Group 1 victory for jockey Damien Oliver in the 2021 Kennedy Oaks results. Oliver equaled the record of seven wins in the race saluting aboard the James Cummings-trained favourite, Willowy backing-up off her Wakeful Stakes victory from Derby Day.

Kennedy Oaks Betting 2021

New Ways to Bet at neds

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 in 2021

  1. Login at neds.com.au
  2. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  3. 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).
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Kennedy Oaks 2021 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Kennedy Oaks will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

Kennedy Oaks 2021 Favourites

Early favourites in 2021 Kennedy Oaks betting include Wakeful Stakes winner Willowy and Thousand Guineas runner-up Elusive Express

Kirramosa (2013) followed by Willowy ($3.70 in 2021) are the last VRC Oaks favourites to win.

WHICH HORSE WILL WIN THE kennedy oaks in 2021?

The best way to pick which horse will win the Kennedy Oaks in 2021 is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the their recent performances in traditional spring lead-up races and any past history at the famous Flemington track.

Additional factors to consider when picking the Kennedy Oaks winner include:

  • Favourite Flops: Just two favourites in Kennedy Oaks betting has won since 2010 most recently Willowy (2021).
  • Wakeful Lead-Up: The Group 2 Wakeful Stakes held on Derby Day is the key Kennedy Oaks lead-up event, while earlier fillies may contest the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m) on Cox Plate Day. Willowy (2021) was the last filly to complete the Wakeful Stakes – VRC Oaks double.

Kennedy Oaks Field 2021

The official 2021 Kennedy Oaks field of final acceptances closes the Monday of race week and will be published in full below. 

Eleven young fillies with staying potential make-up Thursday’s Kennedy Oaks 2021 final field with betting led by the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Thousand Guineas runner-up Elusive Express.

Kennedy Oaks 2021 Tips

Favourite: #1 Elusive Express ($3.60 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #2 Willowy ($4 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #7 Glint Of Hope ($13 at time of publish)

Our exclusive 2021 Kennedy Oaks tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a complete betting preview available on the Neds Blog.


Kennedy Oaks Race Day 2021

2021 Kennedy Oaks Day takes place on Thursday, the 4th of November, 2021 at Flemington Racecourse as the third of four Melbourne Cup Carnival meetings.

The Group 3 $200,000 Ottawa Stakes (1000m) and the Group 3 $300,000 Red Roses Stakes (1100m) are the other Group-status race on the VRC Oaks Day program. 

kennedy oaks 2021 BARRIER DRAW

The 2021 Kennedy Oaks barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and will be published in our above Kennedy Oaks Field section.

Kennedy Oaks Start Time 2021

The race is scheduled to start at 5:10 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Kennedy Oaks start times for various states appear in the table below.

State Start Time
Western Australia 2:10 PM
Queensland 4:10 PM
Australian Capital Territory 5:10 PM
Tasmania 5:10 PM
Victoria 5:10 PM
New South Wales 5:10 PM
Northern Territory 3.40 pm
South Australia 4.40 pm


Kennedy Oaks 2021 Nominations

The 2021 Kennedy Oaks nominations close on Tuesday October 5, 2021 and will be published below once confirmed.

The Kennedy Oaks 2021 nominations feature 48 fillies including Barb Raider who won the Kennedy Oaks Preview, and the Danny O’Brien-trained duo of Super Impose Stakes winner El Patroness and Kapalua Sunset.

Kennedy Oaks Weights 2021

Set weights apply to this race. Weights are declared by 4 PM, Friday October 29, 2021 and will be published in our above Kennedy Oaks Field section. 

Kennedy Oaks jockeys 2021

Riders must be declared by 12 PM Monday, the 1st of November, 2021 and the official 2021 Kennedy Oaks jockeys will be published in our above Kennedy Oaks Field section. 

Kennedy Oaks Scratchings 2021

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Thursday, the 4th of November, 2021.

Kennedy Oaks Prize Money 2021

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 Race Number 2021

The 2021 Kennedy Oaks is set to run as Flemington Race 8 at 5:10pm (AEDT) on Thursday November 4, 2021. There are nine races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse.

Kennedy Oaks 2021 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Kennedy Oaks Form Guide following final acceptances.


Kennedy Oaks Live 2021

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Kennedy Oaks live, across the following mediums.

Telecast: Seven Network

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: 7Live

Grey Horses In The VRC Oaks

Grey horses which have seen taken first place in the VRC 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 going back to 1999 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
2021 Willowy James Cummings Damien Oliver 2:40.99
2020 Personal Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damien Oliver 2:36.98
2019 Miami Bound Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 2:38.32
2018 Aristia Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 2:40.54
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