2020 Oakleigh Plate Tips & Betting Advice

Oakleigh Plate

Oakleigh Plate Tips: Who history points to winning

The sprinters line up for Group 1 glory at Caulfield on Saturday. Which horse do the recent trends in the Oakleigh Plate point towards?

Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2020 Oakleigh Plate. The race will take place on Saturday, 22 February, 2020 at Caulfield Racecourse.

We provide you with Oakleigh Plate 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 to watch the race unfold.

Oakleigh Plate 2020

Date Saturday 22 February
Track Caulfield Racecourse
Distance 1100m
Class Group 1
Race Type Handicap
Prize Money $500,000
Age 3YO and Upwards


When trying to find the winner of the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield, keeping some important factors on your side can help you.

Our experts assess all the Oakleigh Plate runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2020 tips to help you back the winner.

Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2020 Oakleigh Plate tips and selections.


Leading bookmakers Sportsbet and BetEasy have the latest 2020 Oakleigh Plate betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the Oakleigh Plate 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 Oakleigh Plate (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Caulfield races including the Oakleigh Plate streamed live online at Ladbrokes, BetEasy or Sportsbet.


The Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) takes place at Caulfield Racecourse annually in February during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival and is an Open Handicap race for sprinters.

The race attracts the country’s best up and coming sprinters and is one of three Group 1 races to be run on Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

Other races include the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m), Group 2 St George Stakes (1800m), Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m), and the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m).

The best lead-up race to the Oakleigh Plate is the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) held at Flemington Racecourse one week earlier.

Sprinters tackling this race may then continue on to the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) down the Flemington straight course on Super Saturday of Racing.

First run in 1884, the Oakleigh Plate was won by champion racehorse Malua when the race was run over six furlongs. In 1973 the race was adjusted to 1200 and has remained that way since.

The illustrious honour roll lists some very accomplished sprinters including Wakeful (1901), Power Duke (1960), Placid Ark (1987), Schillaci (1992), Fastnet Rock (2005), Snitzel (2006), Weekend Hussler (2008) and Starpgledbanner (2010).

Oakleigh Plate Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Sports
2001 Miss Kournikova
2002 Sudurka
2003 River Dove
2004 Reactive
2005 Fastnet Rock
2006 Snitzel
2007 Undue
2008 Weekend Hussler
2009 Swiss Ace
2010 Starspangledbanner
2011 Eagle Falls
2012 Woorim
2013 Mrs Onassis
2014 Lankan Rupee
2015 Shamal Wind
2016 Flamberge
2017 Sheidel
2018 Russian Revolution
2019 Booker
2020 Pippie


Founded in 1859, Caulfield Racecourse hosts around 20 race days every year, headlined by the Caulfield Cup.

The track is commonly known at ‘The Heath’ following the early days in which jockeys would ride through rough bush, heath and sand hills during races.

The name is now renowned across Australia and New Zealand for representing Caulfield’s superb racing and entertainment venue.

The first Caulfield Cup was run in the autumn of 1879, and was transferred to the spring in 1881.

The track was closed during the war and was used as an army camp, with the Caulfield Cup being run at Flemington.

Following the 1995 Caulfield Cup, the course underwent a significant reconstruction and reopened in 1996. The track’s circumference was widened to 30m and lengthened inside the home straight by around 43m.


Racing is contested in a left-handed direction at Caulfield and features long, sweeping turns. As a result, there can be a slight draw bias for those drawn low over distances further than seven-furlongs.

The course has a total circumference of 2080m including a home straight of just over 360m.

In terms of the Caulfield Cup, records throughout the 21st century have showcased a slight advantage for single digit stalls due to the course’s swift anti-clockwise bends.

Favourable positioning at Caulfield can be crucial to a contenders’ winning claims, as the setting has a short home straight of less than 400m. It means hold-up performers routinely encounter trouble in-running, resulting in many hard-luck stories.

Over shorter distances, the emphasis is placed on speed as horses seek a prominent position before turning for home. A below-par start in Caulfield’s sprint races usually results in a poor finishing position for horses, showcasing the need for sharp early pace.