The Crown Oaks is a middle distance horse racing event that is held every year in November at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse in Victoria, South East Australia. The event is run over a distance of 2500M which makes it one of the longest Group 1 races in the Melbourne Spring Carnival. The Crown Oaks is today worth up to $1,000,000 in prize money. The race is exclusive to three year old fillies only and in its remarkable history at the top flight of Australian horse racing, the Crown Oaks has consistently showcased some of the finest and most talented middle distance fillies in Australia.
In 2013, the event was a perfect stage for passionate and pulsating racing with Kirramosa defying all odds to take home the title. Coming through in second and third respectively was Zanbagh and Solicit. The Crown Oaks is normally held a few days after the biggest race of the Carnival – the Melbourne Cup. However, the race shares the same date with the Group 1 Emirates Stakes which should be a fine line up of high quality racing.
In recent years, the Crown Oaks has largely been won by in-from or elite fillies. The event always attracts a full house at Flemington and based on the talent on show, it’s not hard to see why. The most ideal lead up for the Crown Oaks is the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes which comes around a few weeks before the race. Kirramosa became the last filly to take home the Crown Oaks and the Wakeful Stake double last year.
The Crown Oaks has nonetheless produced a number of champions some of who have made it big in other races. In 2008 for example, Samantha Miss returned from a Princess Series victory in Sydney before taking home the Crown Oaks on course towards another breathtaking victory in the Group 1 WS Cox Stakes. Other notable champions to emerge from this race include Tuesday Joy in 2006, Dear Demi in 2012 and the outstanding Magical Miss in 2008. The Crown Oaks is always an exciting prospect for horse racing enthusiasts and even this year, the event will definitely light up the Melbourne Spring in Style.
Crown Oaks recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Set Square||Thunder Lady||Golconda||2:39.3|
|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|
|1998||Grand Archway||Rose OWar||Zazabelle||2:37.7|
|1997||Kensington Palace||Only A Lady||Kilmore Quay||2:41.3|
|1995||Saleous||Arctic Scent||Pontal Lass||2:39.6|
|1994||Northwood Plume||Wild Thunder||Captive||2:37.7|
|1993||Arborea||Oaks Day||Give Me A Buzz||2:38.9|
|1991||Richfield Lady||Indias Dream||Yodells||2:38.6|