Australian Oaks date 2017 - When is the 2017 Australian Oaks taking place?

  • The Australian Oaks is held annually at Royal Randwick in April
  • Three-year-old fillies compete for $1 million in prizemoney
  • Winners: Flight, Wenona Girl, Surround, Streama 
Sofia Rosa (R) won the Australian Oaks in 2016

The 2017 Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) will be run at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Day 2 of The Championships on Saturday, April 8.

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While the males battle it out on Day 1 of The Championships for the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m), the fillies compete on Day 2 in the Australian Oaks.

The Group 1 race for three-year-old fillies was first run in 1885 when won by Uralla and in the following year the race had its first and only dead-heat when the judge failed to split Tamarisk and Crossfire.

It was not held between 1895 and 1921 before returning in 1922 as Vodka proved triumphant.

With $1 million in prizemoney, it attracts the country’s top three-year-old staying fillies and is run alongside three Group 1 features held on Day 2 of The Championships. They are the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), $2 million Sydney Cup (3200m) and the $1 million Queen of the Turf Stakes (1600m).



The most reliable lead-up races to the Australian Oaks are the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) held one week earlier on Day 1 of The Championships at Royal Randwick and the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) held two weeks earlier at Rosehill Gardens.

Since 1984, the winner of the Australian Oaks has come through these two lead-up races on 21 out of 33 occasions (63%).

In 1965, Light Fingers won the Australian Oaks and later that year became the first of 12 Melbourne Cup (3200m) winners for master trainer Bart Cummings.

Notable winners of the Australian Oaks include Flight (1944), Evening Pearl (1956), Wenona Girl (1961), Leilani (1974), Surround (1977), Research (1989), Circles of Gold (1995), Grand Archway (1999), Republic Lass (2002), Sunday Joy (2003), Streama (2012), Royal Descent (2013) and Rising Romance (2014).

New Zealand filly Sofia Rosa is the most recent winner of the Australian Oaks after defeating Ambience in 2016. Trained by Stephen Marsh and ridden by Hugh Bowman, the filly was one of two winners for owner Lib Petagna with Lucia Valentia winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Both horses had been purchased for around $60,000 each and have won more than $5 million combined for the prolific owner. 

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