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VRC Oaks: Date, how to watch, past winners, latest odds and more

The Victoria Racing Club Oaks is a Group 1 thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old fillies that takes place at Flemington Racecourse in November.

Also known as the Kennedy Oaks, for sponsorship reasons, the VRC Oaks is raced under set weight conditions over 2500 metres at Flemington.

The VRC Oaks is part of the Melbourne Spring Carnival and is run on the Thursday after the Melbourne Cup.

The total prize money for the race is $1million and Miss Finland is arguably the most notable winner of the race in 2006.

Here is our guide to the VRC Oaks.

WhatVRC Oaks
WhereFlemington Racecourse, Melbourne
When17:10 (AEST), Thursday 9th November 2023
How to watchChannel 7
OddsTropical Squall 5.50, Zardozi 5.50, Miracle of Love 9.00, Molly Bloom 9.00

What is the VRC Oaks?

The VRC Oaks is the premier race for three-year-old fillies at the Melbourne Spring Carnival and is raced under set weight conditions at Flemington Racecourse.

Known as the Kennedy Oaks for sponsorship reasons, the VRC is raced over 2500m, making it a true staying contest for the best three-year-old fillies in the land.

When is the VRC Oaks?

The VRC Oaks is part of the Melbourne Spring Carnival and in 2023 will take place on the third day of it, Thursday 9th November.

The VRC Oaks is raced two days after the Melbourne Cup, which always takes place on the first Tuesday of November.

The Thursday is known as Oaks Day, with the VRC Oaks being the big Group 1 race of the day.

The VRC Oaks is Race 8 on a nine-race card with runners and riders due to go to post at 17:10 (AEST).

Can I watch the VRC Oaks?

Yes. The VRC Oaks will be free-to-air on Channel 7 and on the 7Plus app.

How old is the VRC Oaks?

The VRC Oaks is a race that is steeped in tradition and was first held in 1861, with a horse named Palestine taking the honours.

Up until 1978, the VRC Oaks was a Principal Race, but was upgraded to Group 1 Status in 1979.

It was initially raced over 2400m before rising to 2500m in 1973.

Who has won the VRC Oaks?

She’s Extreme won the 2022 edition for trainer Anthony Cummings and jockey Tommy Berry.

Miss Finland is one of the most famous winners of the VRC Oaks. As a two-year-old she won the Golden Slipper, then as a three-year-old, returned to win the VRC Oaks and the Thousand Guineas in 2006.

She also won the Australian Guineas and Vinery Stud Stakes that year.

What is the prize money for the VRC Oaks?

The total prize fund for the VRC Oaks is $1million for the 2023 race, making it the equal richest race in Australia for fillies.

The winner of the race will receive $600,000. Second place will pick up $180,000, while third will scoop $90,000.

Each of the top eight horses will win prize money with sixth, seventh and eighth all picking up $20,000 for their efforts.

If the odds are to be believed it could be a two-horse race in 2023 with Tropical Squall and Zardozi both priced at 5.50.

Who are the hot fancies to win the VRC Oaks?

Miracle of Love and Molly Bloom are 9.00, with Tutta La Vita 11.00.

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