The Oakleigh Plate is a Group 1 Open Handicap race held annually each February at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1100 metres and worth $500,000 in prize money. The 2020 Oakleigh Plate was won by Pippie from Zoutori with Crystal Dreamer third.
Held on the Melbourne Racing Club's biggest race day of the autumn, Blue Diamond Stakes day, the Oakleigh Plate takes place alongside feature autumn races, the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes & Group 1 Futurity Stakes.
|Date:||Saturday 20th February 2021|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2022 Oakleigh Plate odds|
The Oakleigh Plate is the premier handicap sprint event of the Caulfield autumn racing carnival and always attracts a classy field of sprinters. Final acceptances usually sees a capacity field of horses entered, with many genuine chances and the winner hard to find, unless there is an outstanding galloper going around. Class gallopers Starspangledbanner (2010), Weekend Hussler (2008), Fastnet Rock (2005) and Schillaci (1992) have all won this event in recent times.
The Group 3 Rubiton Stakes on CF Orr Stakes day at Caulfield is a likely lead-up race to this event, along with the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington. Lankan Rupee (2014) was the last horse to win the Rubiton Stakes & Oakleigh Plate double, while Fastnet Rock (2005) was the last galloper to snare the Lightning Stakes & Oakleigh Plate double.
Sprinters tackling this race may then continue on to the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap down the Flemington straight 1200m course on Super Saturday of Racing.
Classy galloper Weekend Hussler (2008) is the last Oakleigh Plate & Newmarket Handicap double winner, while Swiss Ace (2009) ran second in the Newmarket after winning this event. Smart sprinter The Quarterback (6th in 2016) took out the Newmarket Handicap at his next start after running sixth here.
Pippie (2020) resumed from a spell to score an impressive all the way victory in this event for Mornington training duo John & Chris Meagher.
Recent Oakleigh Plate winners include Booker (2019) and Russian Revolution (2018).
1. $12.00 Pippie 52.0 Ms Linda Meech
2. $21.00 Zoutori 56.0 Jamie Kah
3. $41.00 Crystal Dreamer 55.0 Damian Lane
4. $21.00 All Too Royal 52.0 Michael Dee
5. $201.00 Vainstream 52.0 Anthony Darmanin
6. $2.35 Bivouac 55.5 Craig Williams
7. $18.00 Halvorsen 52.0 Dean Yendall
8. $21.00 Bold Star 52.0 Daniel Moor
9. $26.00 Bons Away 55.0 Jye McNeil
10. $26.00 Humma Humma 52.0 William Pike
11. $19.00 Trope 53.0 Dwayne Dunn
12. $61.00 Anjana 52.0 Zac Spain
13. $61.00 Mystyko 52.0 Dean Holland
14. $6.00 Anaheed 51.5 Tim Clark
15. $31.00 Faatinah 55.5 Regan Bayliss
16. $201.00 Fine Dane 52.0 Beau Mertens
17. $31.00 Ball Of Muscle 58.0 Glyn Schofield
18. $21.00 Free Of Debt 50.0 Craig Newitt
Margins: 0.5 len, 0.75 len
A number of group races are held on Blue Diamond Stakes day alongside the feature group one events, including the Group 2 St George Stakes, Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes, Group 2 Autumn Classic, Group 3 Mannerism Stakes & Zeditave Stakes.
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|2018||Russian Revolution||Snitty Kitty||Hellbent||1:03.0|
|2015||Shamal Wind||Under The Louvre||Fast 'n' Rocking||1:02.2|
|2014||Lankan Rupee||Spirit Of Boom||Knoydart||1:02.7|
|2013||Mrs Onassis||Facile Tigre||Spirit Of Boom||1:03.1|
|2012||Woorim||Elite Falls||Facile Tigre||1:03.4|
|2010||Starspangledbanner||=2 Here De Angels||=2 Arinos||1:03.1|
|2009||Swiss Ace||Lucky Secret||Typhoon Zed||1:02.8|
|2006||Snitzel||Virage De Fortune||Takeover Target||1:04.4|
|2005||Fastnet Rock||Segments||Legally Bay||1:02.5|
|2003||River Dove||North Boy||Choisir||1:04.5|
|2001||Miss Kournikova||Miss Pennymoney||Show A Heart||1:02.0|
|1998||Singing The Blues||Rock You||Jugulator||1:03.2|
|1995||Khaptingly||Royal Discard||The Heavyweight||1:03.4|
|1993||Mookta||Isnt She Gorgeous||Storaia||1:04.3|
|1992||Schillaci||Dark Beau||Dappers Hope||1:02.7|
|1990||Scarlet Bisque||Show County||Power Prince||1:03.0|
|1989||Clay Hero||Lonely Dreamer||Scarlet Bisque||1:03.2|
|1988||Snippets||Rancho Ruler||In Wonderland||1:02.8|