The Oakleigh Plate is an 1100 metre open handicap run at Caulfield by the Melbourne Racing Club. It is normally held on the same day as the Blue Diamond Stakes in late February each year during the Autumn Racing Carnival.
- Race Type: Group 1, Open Handicap
- Distance: 1,100 metres
- Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday 25 February 2017
Oakleigh Plate Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for early betting markets on this years Oakleigh Plate.‘Odds not currently available’
Oakleigh Plate Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Overcast
There is a full field of 18 for the $500,000 The Resimax Group Oakleigh Plate. The early favourite is three-year-old Extreme Choice who has won 4 of his 6 starts and is unbeaten first-up. Second favourite is Fell Swoop who ran 2nd in this race last year and has been set for this first-up. Third favourite is Hellbent who is exceptional over this distance and is one of 4 runners for Darren Weir.
I Am A Star resumed for a solid 2nd in the Rubiton Stakes but has drawn out in barrier 17. Flamberge won this race last year and carries the same weight again. Sheidel is a talented mare who ran a close 2nd in the Winterbottom Stakes at her last race and loves this track. Kaepernick goes well fresh but has drawn wide, while El Divino ran 5th in the Rubiton after over-racing, but carries only 50kg here. All other runners are currently at 20 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|3 Extreme Choice||3 Extreme Choice||2 Fell Swoop|
|2 Fell Swoop||2 Fell Swoop||10 Hellbent|
|1 Flamberge||4 Kaepernick||3 Extreme Choice|
|5 Sheidel||1 Flamberge||4 Kaepernick|
Past winners of the Oakleigh Plate:
The only two horses to win the Lightning Stakes, Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Melbourne sprint treble were Schillachi in 1992 and Placid Ark in 1987. Dual Choice won the 1971 Lightning and Oakleigh but came second in the Newmarket.
Many of Australia’s favourite sprinters have won this race including Lankan Rupee (2014), Weekend Hussler (2008), Fastnet Rock (2005), Miss Kournikova (2001), Schillachi (1992), Snippets (1988), Placid Ark (1987), Zephyr Bay (1975) and Wakeful (1901). Tontonan (1974) is the only Golden Slipper winner who has won when he had his first start as a three-year-old after breaking down following wins in the Golden Slipper and AJC Sires Produce.
|2015||Shamal Wind||Under The Louvre||Fast’n’Rocking|
|2014||Lankan Rupee||Spirit Of Boom||Knoydart|
|2013||Mrs Onassis||Facile Tigre||Spirit Of Boom|
|2012||Woorim||Elite Falls||Facile Tigre|
|2010||Starspangledbanner||Here De Angels
|[dead heat for 2nd]|
|2009||Swiss Ace||Lucky Secret||Typhoon Zed|
|2006||Snitzel||Virage De Fortune||Takeover Target|
|2005||Fastnet Rock||Segments||Legally Bay|
|2003||River Dove||North Boy||Choisir|
|2001||Miss Kournikova||Miss Pennymoney||Show A Heart|
The Oakleigh Plate was first run in 1884 when it was won by an exceptional horse called Malua who went on to win the 1884 Newmarket Handicap, the 1884 Adelaide Cup and the 1884 Melbourne Cup. Four years later he won the 1888 Grand National Hurdle. Although Oakleigh Plate winners need to be strong and fast it is hard to imagine modern Oakleigh Plate horses running in a 4800 metre race in the twilight of their career.
The original distance was 6 furlongs (about 1200 metres) and remained the same until 1972. It was changed to 1100 metres in 1973. It is a tough race to win with the mare Dual Choice being the only horse to achieve back-to-back wins in 1971 and 1972. Aurie’s Star is the only other horse to win more than once in 1937 and 1939.
Traditional lead-up races to the Oakleigh Plate are the Group 1 Lightning Stakes over 1000 metres or the Group 3 Rubiton Stakes over 1100 metres. Horses who perform well in the Oakleigh often tackle the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap over 1200 metres two weeks later.