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VRC Oaks Winners and Race Guide: Essential Guide to the Flemington Group 1

  • The VRC Oaks takes place at Flemington
  • The Group 1 is staged on the third day on the Melbourne Cup Carnival
  • Oaks Day is also Ladies Day at Flemington
Jameka

The VRC Oaks is a Group 1 race for three-year-old fillies that takes place during the Melbourne Spring Carnival. 

The race is run over 2500 metres at Flemington Racecourse and carries prizemoney of $1,000,000.

Oaks Day, or Ladies Day as it has come to be known, is the third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and is held on the Thursday after the Cup.

The Oaks has a history equal to the Cup, dating back to 1861 when Palestine won the inaugural running of the race. Until 1972, it was run over 12 furlongs (or close to 2400 metres) until it was extended to the 2500 metre distance it is today.

The blue ribbon event attracts the best staying fillies across the country and is the females equivalent to the Victoria Derby for colts and geldings which is run on the previous Saturday and is also run over 2500 metres.

The race has had some top line fillies salute the judge including the mighty Light Fingers (1964), Surround (1976), Rose Of Kingston (1981), Research (1988) and more recently, Miss Finland (2006), Samantha Miss (2008), Dear Demi (2012) and Jameka (2015).

The future of fillies winning the Oaks has varied in recent years. Some go on to continue racing whereas others pursue a breeding career at stud. 

The last Oaks winner to go on and win the Melbourne Cup the following year was Light Fingers in 1964. 


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