VRC Oaks

The VRC Oaks is the premier staying event for three-year-old fillies during the exciting four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington in November.

VRC Oaks Day is known as ‘Ladies Day’ and is held midweek on a Thursday, two days after the Melbourne Cup.

The 2018 VRC Oaks will run on Thursday 8th November 2018 at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne.

The VRC Oaks is the female equivalent of the Victoria Derby, held on the first day of the four-day Flemington carnival, and is run over the same 2500 metres distance at level weights, except the VRC Oaks is a race for fillies only.

2018 VRC Oaks Race Details

Date Thursday 8th November 2018
Track: Flemington racecourse
Distance: 2500 metres
Purse: $1,000,000
Status: Group 1
Conditions: 3yo Fillies – Set Weights

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VRC Oaks Day Feature Races

The country’s best staying fillies generally contest the VRC Oaks, aiming to score black type Group 1 glory to enhance prospective breeding careers.

The Group 2 Wakeful Stakes over 2000 metres on Derby Day has traditionally proven the best guide to this race over the years.

The Victoria Turf Club (VRC) administers racing at Flemington race track and the VRC Oaks is one of the highlights of the fabulous Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, along with the Emirates Stakes two days later, on the final day of the Flemington carnival.

Other prestigious races held before the Flemington carnival are the $2.5Million Caulfield Cup at Caulfield and the $3Million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, which both take place the previous two Saturdays in October.

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2018 VRC Oaks Day Races and Times.

Race # Time Status Race name Distance
Race 1 12.15pm Stakes 7News Plate 1700m
Race 2 12.55pm Stakes Swisse Wellness Trophy 1800m
Race 3 1.35pm Group 3 Red Roses Stakes 1100m
Race 4 2.15pm Stakes Apia Celebrating Greys 1400m
Race 5 2.55pm Group 3 Begonia Belle Stakes 1100m
Race 6 3.35pm Listed TCL 4K UHD TV Stakes 1800m
Race 7 4.15pm Listed Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes 1000m
Race 8 5.00pm Group 1 VRC Oaks 2500m 
Race 9 5.45pm Stakes Oaks Resorts Plate 1600m

A total of 63,673 racegoers headed to Flemington on 2017 Oaks Day to see Pinot, ridden by Stephen Baster, defeat Bring Me Roses and Hiyaam in an exciting finish.

VRC Oaks History

The Victoria Oaks is the oldest fillies classic in Australia and dates way back to 1859.

The race distance changed from 12 furlongs to 2400m when the metrics system was introduced in the early seventies and one year later the race would become 2500 metres to provide a longer run out of the straight before the first turn.

Briesis (1876) is one of the most memorable Oaks winners as she was good enough to gain victory in both the Victoria Derby and the Melbourne Cup. Quality female gallopers Light Fingers (1964), Surround (1976), Rose Of Kingston (1981), Special Harmony (2003), Miss Finland (2006) and Mosheen (2011) have all been Oaks winners.

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