The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic is an exciting Group 2 race exclusive to three year old fillies only. The event is run at the Moone Valley Racecourse over a sprint distance of 1600M under set weights. The event last year was breathtaking to say the least with Gypsy Diamond doing well to finish first ahead of Gregere who came very close in second. Lady Tatia had to settle for third in what was a typical Moonee Valley Fillies Classic race a lot of horse racing fans have come to see in recent years.
The event is today worth up to $220,000 in prize money and shares the same stage and the same date with a number of exciting races including the Group 2 Manikato Stakes. The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic was previously run as the Moonee Valley Oaks until the name was changed a few years back and unlike in previous years where the event was held during the autumn season, today the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic takes center stage in spring during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The event is considered as the best progression for three year old fillies that performed well in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas. The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic is an excellent build up for a number of exclusive fillies races especially the Group 1 the Crown Oaks and the group 2 Wakeful Stakes. In recent years, the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic has largely been a platform for above average and emerging sprinters to launch themselves. A number of high profile sprinters have emerged from this race most of who have even gone on to win some of the biggest races in the Melbourne Spring.
Some notable fillies to take the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic title in recent years include Lights of Heaven who won the event in 2011, Pure Harmony in 2006 and the Outstanding My Emotion in 2010. The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic is one of the most anticipated Group 2 races this year and just like many years before, the event is expected to showcase some exciting and breathtaking sprinters from different parts of the country.
Moonee Valley Oaks recent winners & placegetters
|2013||Gypsy Diamond||Gregers||Lady Tatia||1:38.7|
|2011||Lights Of Heaven||Always Discreet||Absolutely||1:35.6|
|2010||My Emotion||Speedy Natalie||Aloha||1:36.4|
|2008||Absolut Glam||Miss Marielle||Arapaho Miss||1:30.3|
|2007||Anamato||Deloraine||De Lago Mist||1:31.0|
|2005||Dizelle||Hollow Bullet||Truly Wicked||1:37.2|
|2002||Elegant Fashion||Damaschino||Gold Lottery||2:07.8|
|2000||Hill of Grace||Grand Echezeaux||Shizu||2:06.7|