VRC Oaks
Aristia wins the VRC Oaks

VRC Oaks Betting Tips

We will have all the updated VRC Oaks betting tips, odds and bonus bets when they become available.

VRC Oaks bonus bets will be offered in the days leading up to the race and because it's one of the biggest races held during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, all the best bonus bets are offered.

VRC Oaks Odds

All-in odds for the VRC Oaks are offered in the months leading up to the Group 1 feature. 

For final-field odds, those will be released three days before the VRC Oaks takes place.

VRC Oaks Bookmaker Offers

Bookmakers will have VRC Oaks bookie offers available closer to the race. These can include better odds or bonus bet offers for running second and third in the race. 

Look out for updated VRC Oaks bookie offers.

VRC Oaks History

The VRC Oaks was first run in 1861 when Palestine was victorious. It has since been won by many of Australia’s brightest fillies and the likes of Jameka, Mosheen, Miss Finland and Samantha Miss have gone on to win Group 1 races later in their careers. 

Run for $1 million, the VRC Oaks isn’t the most popular betting race during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, mostly because it falls on the Thursday meeting, which is Ladies Day. 

The biggest attendance was in 2004 with 110,677 people on track but numbers have decreased since. That could be due to the lack of other big races on the Oaks card. 

It was given Group 1 status in 1979 and the current sponsorship is provided by Kennedy, so the race is currently called the Kennedy Oaks.

VRC Oaks Field

The field for the VRC Oaks will be confirmed in the days leading up to the race. 

We will update the field when it’s released by RISA during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

VRC Oaks Form Guide

The VRC Oaks has long been a tough race for punters to work. There is often a short-priced filly which has been winning the lead-up races, but none of those came over 2500m and that’s the big factor when winning the Oaks. 

Many high-class middle-distance fillies have come unstuck in the VRC Oaks and there have been some big upsets. Lasqueti Spirit won in 2016 at huge odds when beating short-priced favourite Yankee Rose. 

The Oaks is suited towards the tough fillies as opposed to the brilliant fillies. Look for the horses which will be able to grind away over the 2500m. That’s a big key to successful betting in the Oaks and recent winners will attest to that theory. 

Some of the better winners to come out of the race include Miss Finland, Samantha Miss, Research and Light Fingers.

VRC Oaks Previous Winners

2016Lasqueti Spirit
2014Set Square
2012Dear Demi
2010Brazilian Pulse
2009Faint Perfume
2008Samantha Miss
2007Arapaho Miss
2006Miss Finland
2005Serenade Rose
2004Hollow Bullet
2003Special Harmony
2002Bulla Borghese
2001Magical Miss

VRC Oaks Live Streaming

Punters can watch the VRC Oaks at Beteasy, which has two channels to live stream every race in Australia and the feature races in New Zealand.

The race replay of the 2018 VRC Oaks shows Aristia battling for the win in a bunched finish. Aristia’s lead-up form was solid and she was one of the better-backed runners in the field.

VRC Oaks Race Schedule

VRC Oaks is on the third day of the carnival, which takes place on the Thursday in between the Melbourne Cup and Stakes meeting. 

  • Race 1: Maribyrnong Plate 
  • Race 2: Drinkwise Plate 
  • Race 3: R90 Handicap 
  • Race 4: Subzero Handicap 
  • Race 5: Country Final 
  • Race 6: Absolut Stakes 
  • Race 7: TCL TV Stakes 
  • Race 8: VRC Oaks 
  • Race 9: Roses Stakes