Kennedy Oaks Day 2020, winner, finishing order, results, who finished where, odds, latest

Coolmore filly Personal claimed the VRC Oaks (2500m) on Thursday, storming over the top of Salto Angel and odds-on pop Montefilia.

Damien Oliver chalked up his 122nd career Group One with a well-timed ride to pick off the Danny O’Brien-trained Salto Angel – thwarting the stable for whom he won the Oaks for last year aboard Miami Bound.

It was a momentous Group One win for the Lindsay Park duo of Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes, being their first success at the top level without the now Hong Kong-based David Hayes.

Race favourite Montefilia was in a duelling battle for most of the long Flemington straight but fell short of a third G1 success.

“I’ve got to send a shout-out to [racing manager] Rayan Moore, he hasn’t been feeling well, they actually took him to hospital in an ambulance so hopefully this cheers him up,” Dabernig told post-race.

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Damien Oliver wins sixth VRC Oaks after riding Personal to victory at Flemington

Jockey Damien Oliver has captured his sixth VRC Oaks win after riding Personal to victory in the Group One fillies classic at Flemington.

It was Oliver’s 122nd Group One victory and the 23rd elite win in his Melbourne Cup Carnival career.

Only Bobbie Lewis, with seven VRC Oaks and 24 Group One Melbourne Cup Carnival wins, is in front of Oliver in both fields.

Personal’s win was also the first Group One victory for the training team of Tom Dabernig and his cousin Ben Hayes.

It was a textbook Oliver ride over 2,500 metres, as he eased Personal back at the start into fourth-last position and kept creeping up out wide before the turn.

It appeared Salto Angel and Montefilia would fight the race out but Personal grabbed them with 100 metres to go and hit the front with 50 metres remaining.

Personal defeated Salto Angel by one-and-a-quarter lengths, with Montefilia placing third.


“It was a real slog, the last four or five hundred metres with the second and third horses,” Oliver said.

“She’s had a great prep and hadn’t been able to win but she’s won the one that mattered. She’s was really tough and it was a good win.”

Oliver said that Personal had peaked physically on the day, which was a credit to Dabernig and Hayes.

The pair took over the training of Lindsay Park when Hayes’s father David relocated to Hong Kong in the middle of the year.

The VRC Oaks was Personal’s second win in nine starts.

“She can sprint and stay and she’s got some magnificent attributes,” Dabernig said.

“I think we haven’t seen the best of her yet. I think there is still more to come.”


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VRC Oaks winner Personal gives Damien Oliver sixth crown

Lindsay Park filly Personal has won the Group 1 VRC Oaks at Flemington.

Unleashed by Damien Oliver at the clocktower, the Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes-trained Personal outstayed her rivals to beat home Salto Angel and odds-on favourite Monteffilla in the feature race on the Thursday program.

It was the co-trainer’s first Group 1 success together since David Hayes departed to take up residency in Hong Kong.

“They delivered the goods. Probably gave me as big a thrill as any of my Group 1 wins. It was a great achievement from them and the whole team,” a visibly proud David Hayes said from Hong Kong.

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Pro Punter analyses 2020 VRC Oaks Day

Cup Day was brutal for my selections with the first two key selections Joviality and Tavidance never off the bit and running into dead ends wherever the jockeys chose to go. A few other selections simply did not perform to my expectations and were poor selections.

I must say I am a little surprised that not more was asked of the ride on Joviality by the stewards but it is they that have the experience in their jobs so we have to accept the bounce of the ball, albeit the bounce was not kind on this occasion.

Both Joviality and Tavidance certainly go into the blackbook, when horses go to the line untested, retaining that energy, I like to see them backed up quickly.

The track for Oaks Day has come up a soft 5, with cool and partly cloudy weather the track will retain plenty of moisture. The inside may be some query by the later races. The wind does not appear to be an issue for the day, but always monitor


Montefilia brings clearly the best ratings to the race having stepped to consecutive personal bests in winning the Flight Stakes and Spring Champion. The Spring Champion was against the boys also so adds merit to the effort. She is the clear favourite and deservedly against a rating I have of $1.60.

The second and third favourites Personal and Miravalle both back up from the Wakeful on Saturday won by Victoria Quay. Personal has had a consistent preparation with second place finishes in the 1000 Guineas and the Wakeful. The question is can she take the added step that she needs to win this race. I am leaning to no she can’t take a step big enough to worry Montefilia.

Miravalle was an excellent Oaks trial in the Wakeful. She ran the ninth fastest last 400m of the day. She was ridden cold and so was entitled to sprint hard.

Whichever way I look at I cannot get the other pair to the rating I expect of Montefilia.



Couple of chances to upset the heavily backed favourite, November Dreaming, in this race.

Ocean’s Thirteen was very good winning at Ballarat two starts ago. She was no doubt assisted by the heavy track, but the run had plenty of merit. Subsequently she stretched right up to Group 3 company and was far from disgraced despite finishing seventh of 11. She maps to get a comfortable lead in this one and with first crack at the track there should be no issue.

Tralee Rose returned off a 152-day spell to easily win her maiden at Warrnambool. The margins were exaggerated due to the heavy track, but the effort was still very strong. Kerryn McEoy goes on in a positive move and she too maps to get a nice run just off the pace.

No great knock on November Dreaming. She rated fairly at Geelong winning first up, however she was entitled to win there having the race very much run to suit. She has won 2 from 2 second up so plenty of positive. She may have bottomed out now reaching the $2.50-2.60 mark. Against my $4.50 she is no value


Strongly with the ex-UK galloper Tinandali, now with the Maher/Eustace stable. His last five runs have been in near identical ratings. If he rates to his UK personal best, he is a genuine odds-on chance. If he regresses by two lengths he still represents good value. Clearly top pick in a very winnable race.


Having trouble getting early-favourite I Am Eloquent to the market price in this race. Her last effort behind Sovereign Award was sound but hardly one that rates clearly superior to this field. I am not surprised by her drift so far and expect it to keep going. There is still some value around her despite the market realigning.

My biggest pair of overlays are Akari ($6.5) and Miss Inbetween ($7). Akari has been somewhat out of form and not won for nine starts. She did however win over 1400m here last Spring and can bounce back to that effort. Miss Inbetween was no match for Yes Baby Yes and Ecumencial last start, both of whom are very progressive horses. She will sit right on speed and potentially off the rail which may be important by this race.

Rocha Clock would be a bet if she reached around $4.50-5 which is not out of the question.


Much has been made of the recent wins by Written Beauty. She has been ultra-impressive to the eye, backed up by the times and sectionals she has been setting. There is an argument that she won against the bias last start to add greater merit. Once again, a favourite I cannot get to the market price.

I like the look of Minhaaj on the back of a pair of sound efforts behind September Run in her last two starts beaten 1.4 lengths and 1.2 lengths. She gets blinkers on for the first time and has the added advantage of several strong figures up the Flemington straight.

Chianti was well beaten by the favourite two starts back at Canterbury. She comes into this with a 5kg pull in the weights so is some chance. The other decent overlay looks to be the untapped Amuri. She was far from disgraced in the Cap D’antibes despite finishing well back. She then went home and was very impressive winning her maiden in good figures.

There are other chances, so I am surprised at the price of the favourite. One I might likely lay on Betfair.


Race 1 – No. 1 – Ocean’s Thirteen (Rated price $4.50 – Available $7) – 8 units
Race 1 – No. 7 – Tralee Rose ($4.50 – $5) – 9 units
Race 4 – No. 11 – Tinandali ($1.90 – $3.4) – 26 units
Race 6 – No. 2 – Akari ($6 – $11) – 6 units
Race 6 – No. 12 – Miss Inbetween ($6 – $9) – 6 units
Race 8 – No. 1 – Montefilia ($1.65 – $1.85) – 30 units
Race 9 – No. 4 – Minhaaj ($6.50 – $8.50) – 6 units
Race 9 – No. 13 – Chianti ($8.50 – $12) – 4 units
Race 9 – No. 16 – Amuri ($7.50 – $12) – 5 units

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Kennedy Oaks Day 2020, field, tips, predictions, latest odds, ultimate guide, when, start time, where can I watch it

Now, we all know we have Derbies around the world – for the best staying three-year-olds of both genders – thanks to the 12th Earl of Derby, who came up with the idea for the race in at a booze-up in 1780 (because no good ideas were ever hatched over a salad).

But how do we get the fillies-only equivalent, a race called The Oaks?

The 12th Earl of Derby of course.

This guy! Did he have an influence on global horse racing or what?

In fact, The Oaks came first. The aforementioned Derby-spawning soiree was held to celebrate the running of the first Oaks, in 1779. That was another idea by the Earl, to start a new race for which he’d put up the money. Why name a classic after a bunch of trees, rather than say, after a drinking vessel? The Earl lived on an estate, just to the east of Epsom Racecourse where the race would end up being run, called The Oaks.

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SuperCoach Racing: Oaks Day tips and market picks

Oaks Day plays host to Round 8 of SuperCoach Racing and the Group 1 headlines the day with two Group 3 races playing the support roles.

Once again I have put every race through my metric with the aim of finding those runners who meet the sweet spot of being well liked in the market and well priced in the game.

Let’s get to it.

* * * This story has been updated to reflect scratchings as they stand at 7:35am on Thursday morning * * *

THE OAKS (Group 1)

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SuperCoach Racing: Who do you need in your stable for Oaks Day?, SuperCoach, horse racing, Oaks Day, Maribyrnong Stakes, Red Roses Stakes, Greys, Melbourne Cup Country Cup Final

As we reach the penultimate round of the first season of SuperCoach Racing, there are still plenty of points to take home as Round 8 has a 48-hour turnaround with Oaks Day at Flemington.

By now, SuperCoaches will have more than their $2 million starting allowance, and for many inside the top 1,000 that bank budget goes up to and in some cases exceeds $2.6 million.

This round is absolutely full of cheapies, so don’t panic if you’ve still got a lazy million sitting on your bench. There are no massive ‘big guns’ going around this round (in terms of SuperCoach pricing) that feature in group races. In fact, the four biggest chances to claim The Oaks are each priced at $150,000 each.

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Oaks Day 2019 odds, field, start time, races, ultimate guide

After a memorable Melbourne Cup win with Vow And Declare, Danny O’Brien feels greedy even hoping to add the VRC Oaks with Miami Bound.

But the trainer is convinced Miami Bound has a great chance in Thursday’s $1 million race for three-year-old fillies after taking out one of the main lead-up races last Saturday.

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O’Brien claimed his first Melbourne Cup on Tuesday at his home track, with Vow And Declare lungeing late to win the country’s most famous race. The VRC Oaks (2500m) is the feature race on the third day of the four-meeting Cup carnival at Flemington and Miami Bound is $3.60 favourite.

“I feel a bit greedy even hoping for it,” O’Brien told reporters on Wednesday. “But we’re certainly going there with good expectations.

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Oaks Day 2019: Wild weather, best photos of punters partying

The Melbourne Cup takes centre stage on the Australian racing calendar each year but two days later the festive spirit was still in full swing at Flemington.

Punters braved the wet and wild weather in Victoria’s capital as they turned out in big numbers for Oaks Day, traditionally known as Ladies Day.

The event spruiks itself as being all about style, beauty and grace and while there were plenty of dapper gentlemen and fancy frocks flying around, things got a bit sloppy as the combination of champagne, rain and wind took full effect.

Thankfully for the masses, a few sprinkles didn’t dampen their mood.

Don’t worry about the hat flying off, as long as the champagne flute stays secure.Source: AAP

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