The Australian Oaks is a 2400 meter Turf Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old fillies at set weights ran at the Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney in the autumn during the ATC Championships series. The Australian Oaks is the premier staying race for three-year-old fillies during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival with a total prize purse of $500,000. The race was inaugurated in 1885 and has been won by some very famous champion racehorses.
This thoroughbred filly won the Australian Oaks in 1989 and is also the only filly to win the Australian Derby-Australian Oaks double. She was foaled in 1985 and amassed nearly $2,000,000 in winnings. She was named Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year in 1989 and also won the Group 1 Flight Stakes which took place at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in 1988 as well as the VRC Oaks at Flemington Racecourse the same year. Clarry Conners was her trainer who trained her at Warwick Farm Racecourse in Sydney.
Verry Elleegant is a racehorse that has had some amazing success over the past couple of years. From the beginning of her career, Verry Elleegant has been a winner and she has won both the Stud Stakes and the Australian Oaks. One of the most recent races besides the Caulfield Cup was the Turnbull Stakes. She won other highly esteemed Group 1 races in 2020 including the Winx Stakes and the Caulfield Cup among others and topped it off with winning the Melbourne Cup in 2021.
Flight had an incredible career in the 1940s even winning races as a six-year-old which included the W.S. Cox Plate, the Mackinnon Stakes, and the Essendon Stakes. Her success started when she was a two-year-old when she won her first race, the A.J.C December Nursery, and went on to win the A.J.C. Havilah Handicap, Rosehill Nursery Handicap, Champagne Stakes, and the Victoria Park Juvenile Handicap. Overall, she had 65 starts with 24 wins, 18 seconds and 9 thirds. Any Australian Oaks tips would have included her as a favorite and rightly so.
Bred in New Zealand, Surround is the only filly to have won the W.S. Cox Plate in the history of the race. She was trained by Geoff Murphy and as a three-year-old, she won 12 out of 16 starts over distances ranging from 1200 meters to 2500 meters. Notable wins also include the VRC Oaks in 1976, the AJC (Australian) Oaks in 1977, and the Queensland Oaks in 1977. Unfortunately, she suffered an injury to her foreleg when she was a four-year-old and after three starts for one-second placing, the injury reappeared and she was retired from the race track. Her earnings were an Australian record for a mare to that time amassing nearly $350,000 in winnings.
Trained by the legendary Bart Cummings, this thoroughbred race mare was bred in New Zealand and raced in Australia. She had quite a year in 1975 winning many esteemed races including the Caulfield Cup, the Mackinnon Stakes, the VRC Queens Cup, the Turnbull Stakes and the VRC Queens Plate. She was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame as the 1975 Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year and has a stable at the Royal Randwick Racecourse named after her.
As it always has, the Australian Oaks continues to see legendary winners taking first place to this very day. This is a notable race to watch for the up and comers in Australian horse racing.
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