The VRC Kennedy Oaks is a 2500m Group 1 race for three-year-old fillies that is held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. It has set weights and has a total prize pool of $1 million. It is widely regarded as the best Australian race for three-year-old fillies and in 2020 it will be held on Thursday, November 5.
The Danny O’Brien-trained Miami Bound won the 2019 VRC Kennedy Oaks in impressive fashion, dominating the field. Never Listen finished second, 3.25 lengths behind Miami Bound, and Moonlight Maid ran third, 5.25 lengths back. After the victory, Miami Bound did not race again in 2019.
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Palestine won the first running of the VRC Kennedy Oaks, which was way back in 1861. Since then some great horses have won the race, including Rose Of Kingston, Research, Miss Finland and Jameka.
Over the last 20 years, no trainer has quite been able to establish a stranglehold on the race. In saying that, Ciaron Maher did manage to win it twice in a row in the 2010s, winning with Set Square in 2014 and then with Jameka in 2015.
The fastest race time the VRC Kennedy Oaks has seen over the last 21 years belongs to Tributes, who clocked 2:34.39 in 1999. Miami Bound, who won the 2019 edition of the race, ran 2:38.32 in her victory.
VRC Kennedy Oaks Field
The VRC Kennedy Oaks field has the best staying three-year-old fillies from Australia and abroad. Due to its prize pool and prestige, it normally has large fields of quality runners. Nominations and final acceptances will occur in the week leading up to the race.
2020 VRC Kennedy Oaks Field, Barriers and Odds
|1||Montefilia (5)J: Hugh Bowman 56kg T: David Payne||$1.80||$1.18||Bet Now|
|2||Personal (10)J: Damien Oliver 56kg T: T Dabernig & B Hayes||$6.00||$1.90||Bet Now|
|3||Cafe Rizu (14)J: Craig Newitt 56kg T: M Price & M Kent Jnr||$26.00||$5.00||Bet Now|
|4||Succeed Indeed (13)J: Mark Zahra 56kg T: L & T Corstens||$31.00||$5.50||Bet Now|
|5||Salto Angel (9)J: Damian Lane 56kg T: D T O’brien||$26.00||$5.00||Bet Now|
|6||Miravalle (6)J: Craig Williams 56kg T: Mark Newnham||$7.00||$2.10||Bet Now|
|7||Tyche Goddess (3)J: Kerrin Mcevoy 56kg T: T Busuttin & N Young||$17.00||$3.80||Bet Now|
|8||Biarchi (1)J: John Allen 56kg T: D R Jolly||$51.00||$7.50||Bet Now|
|9||Star Of Eden (2)J: Billy Egan 56kg T: M D Moroney||$21.00||$4.20||Bet Now|
|10||Art Glass (12)J: William Pike 56kg T: G M Begg||$126.00||$21.00||Bet Now|
|11||Vilanculos (7)J: Jamie Kah 56kg T: D T O’brien||$31.00||$5.50||Bet Now|
|12||Hard Squeeze (8)J: Dean Yendall 56kg T: R Griffiths & M De Kock||$71.00||$10.00||Bet Now|
|13||Yatton (4)J: Jye Mcneil 56kg T: M D Moroney||$51.00||$7.50||Bet Now|
|14||Swindon Lass (11)J: Brian Higgins 56kg T: Matthew Brown||$151.00||$26.00||Bet Now|
VRC Kennedy Oaks Betting
Due to the size and quality of the field, the VRC Kennedy Oaks can be a difficult race to find a winner in. However, recently, punters have had great success in the race. Four of the last five winners have had starting prices of $5.50 or less, with the one outlier being 2016 winner Lasqueti Spirit who won with a starting price of $101.
VRC Kennedy Oaks Results
|1||Miami Bound||Danny O’Brien||Damien Oliver||$4.20|
|2||Never Listen||John Ramsay||Darryl McLellan||$41|
|3||Moonlight Maid||Mitchell Freedman||Ben Melham||$4.80|
|4||Beauty Bolt||Grahame Begg||James McDonald||$16|
|5||Gamay||Archie Alexander||Ryan Moore||$3.80|
|6||Vegas Jewel||Mark Kavanagh||Jordan Childs||$5|
|7||Presently||Ken Keys||Dwayne Dunn||$201|
|8||Stick ‘Em Up||John Sargent||Tommy Berry||$31|
|9||Silent Sovereign||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Jamie Kah||$41|
|10||Song Brocade||John Sadler||Jye McNeil||$201|
|11||Amazing Peace||Paul Perry||Nash Rawiller||$18|
|12||Foxborough||John Sargent||Tim Clark||$51|
|13||Ocean Miss||David & Coral Feek||Michael Walker||$61|
|14||Victory Approach||Michelle Payne||Ms Michelle Payne||$101|
VRC KENNEDY OAKS WINNERS
2019 – Miami Bound (2:38.32)
2018 – Aristia (2:40.54)
2017 – Pinot (2:37.25)
2016 – Lasqueti Spirit (2:37.73)
2015 – Jameka (2:43.34)
2014 – Set Square (2:39.33)
2013 – Kirramosa (2:40.64)
2012 – Dear Demi (2:35.88)
2011 – Mosheen (2:39.39)
2010 – Brazilian Pulse (2:41.64)