2020 VRC Kennedy Oaks Tips & Betting Advice

Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2019 VRC Oaks. The race will take place on Thursday, 7 November, 2019, and on Ladies Day at Flemington.

The best three-year-old fillies will bid for glory in the staying feature on the third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

We provide you with Kennedy Oaks tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live stream of the race unfold.

VRC Oaks 2019

Date Thursday, 7 November, 2019
Track Flemington Racecourse
Distance 2500m
Class Group 1
Race Type Set weights
Prize Money $1 million
Age 3YO


Looking for the winner of the Kennedy Oaks can be a daunting task, but keeping some important factors on your side can help you.

Our experts assess all the Kennedy Oaks runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2019 tips to help you back the winner.

Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2019 Kennedy Oaks tips and selections ahead of the big race.


Leading bookmakers BetEasy and Sportsbet have the latest 2019 Kennedy Oaks betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the betting markets in the days leading up to the race. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.


Australia’s leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Kennedy Oaks (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Flemington races streamed live online at Ladbrokes, BetEasy, Sportsbet or bet365. To find out how to stream the 2019 Kennedy Oaks live, see our guide to watch the race.


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

The race, known as the Kennedy Oaks, 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.

VRC Oaks Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Lovelorn
2001 Magical Miss
2002 Bulla Borghese
2003 Special Harmony
2004 Hollow Bullet
2005 Serenade Rose
2006 Miss Finland
2007 Arapaho Miss
2008 Samantha Miss
2009 Faint Perfume
2010 Brazilian Pulse
2011 Mosheen
2012 Dear Demi
2013 Kirramosa
2014 Set Square
2015 Jameka
2016 Lasqueti Spirit
2017 Pinot
2018 Aristia


Flemington first opened in 1840 and was known originally known as Melbourne Racecourse. The original approach road to the racecourse passed through a property owned by James Watson.

He named his property Flemington after his wife’s hometown of Flemington in Morayshire, Scotland and it is believed that this is how the racecourse’s name was first introduced.

Since then, the track has become the centre-point of Australian thoroughbred horse racing. It was added to the Australian National Heritage list in November 2006 and the site is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The land in which Flemington racecourse now stands was owned by Robert Fleming who intended to use the area for farming cattle and sheep, along with running a butchery in the early 1800’s.

In 1864, the Victoria Racing Club was introduced to Flemington and up until 2001 acted as the principal authority responsible for managing the racing at the track and across Victoria, Australia.

Flemington hosts a total of 14 Group 1s throughout the Australian racing year, headed by the Melbourne Cup and Victoria Derby in the Spring Carnival in October and November.

The Melbourne Cup has been the centrepiece throughout the history of Flemington Racecourse. The two-mile handicap contest is the richest in the Australian racing calendar and routinely draws hundred of thousands of racegoers to the course each November.

Since its first running in 1861, the Melbourne Cup has produced a vast variety of longing memories at Flemington, both on and off of the track. The blend of over 100,000 attendees and world class thoroughbred racing adds further gloss to Flemington’s already rich history.

In 1875, the Melbourne Cup was awarded public holiday status due to the demand for Australian citizens to witness the unparalleled experience that the raceday provides.


Flemington racecourse boasts a large pear shaped course with a circumference of 2,400 metres. It also has a straight six-furlong home-straight known as ‘The Straight Six’ which hosts many of Australia’s most valuable sprint contests including the Darley Classic.

Racing at Flemington is run in an anticlockwise direction making it a left-handed track with a long, sweeping final turn before the straight.

The track itself underwent a number of improvements during the early 21st century, including a new $45 million grandstand which opened in 2000.