Top 5 VRC Kennedy Oaks Winners
The Kennedy Oaks (2500m) sees the staying fillies line up for Group 1 glory over the 2500m distance has been won by some champion gallopers over the years. See who made our list of top 5 VRC Kennedy Oaks winners since 2000.
In modern times, the feature race has been taken out by some outstanding gallopers.
Top 5 Kennedy Oaks winners since 2000.
1. MISS FINLAND (2006)
The champion mare had an unbelievable time of it in 2006, doing what no filly had done before by winning the Golden Slipper (1200m) in the autumn and then the Kennedy Oaks in the spring. The David Hayes-trained galloper was a six time Group 1 winner and won the Thousand Guineas (1600m) before her Oaks triumph and was too good for the boys in 2007 Australia Guineas (1600m). She claimed the Memsie Stakes (1400m) in the spring of 2007 before retiring with 11 wins from 26 starts.
2. SAMANTHA MISS (2008)
Samantha Miss had a sensational, albeit short career and won the Kennedy Oaks in 2008. From the Kris Lees stable that, she is well remembered for placing in the Cox Plate (2040m) that year behind Maldivian. That spring followed an excellent two-year-old season that saw her take out the Champagne Stakes (1600m). Unfortunately, we were only treated to seven career starts from her after she bowed a tendon in the lead up to the autumn of 2009.
3. JAMEKA (2015)
Jameka was a quality galloper from the Ciaron Maher camp that loved it over the Kennedy Oaks distance range, claiming that event in 2015 before taking out the 2016 Caulfield Cup (2400m) as a four-year-old. In 2017, she won the Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill by a whopping six lengths before travel sickness cut her down in her prime.
4. SPECIAL HARMONY (2003)
Special Harmony was nigh on unbeatable as a three-year-old in 2003, winning the Thousand Guineas before taking out the Kennedy Oaks. She won eight of nine races in a period that spanned from October 2003 to April in 2004, often scoring at short prices in Melbourne before snagging more Group 1 glory in the Arrowfield Stakes (2000m) in Sydney. She retired with 10 wins from 23 starts with eight of those coming at Group level.
5. MAGICAL MISS (2001)
Magical Miss was a star for Bart Cummings in the early 2000’s and claimed the Kennedy Oaks in 2001. She came from relative obscurity to win the Thousand Guineas that year before winning the feature for the fillies by five lengths. She returned after a lengthy layoff in 2002 and was good enough to defeat the likes of Fields Of Omagh and Northerly in the Memsie Stakes (1400m), which was the last of her three Group 1 wins.