Oakleigh Plate Tips & Betting Advice

Oakleigh Plate 2020

Date Saturday 22 February
Track Caulfield Racecourse
Distance 1100m
Class Group 1
Race Type Handicap
Prize Money $500,000
Age 3YO and Upwards


Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Oakleigh Plate betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key Oakleigh Plate pointers are:

  • The Black Caviar Lightning has been the best lead-up race
  • But the races are now just one week apart


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The Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) takes place at Caulfield Racecourse annually in February during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival and is an Open Handicap race for sprinters.

The race attracts the country’s best up and coming sprinters and is one of three Group 1 races to be run on Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

Other races include the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m), Group 2 St George Stakes (1800m), Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m), and the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m).

The best lead-up race to the Oakleigh Plate is the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) held at Flemington Racecourse one week earlier.

Sprinters tackling this race may then continue on to the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) down the Flemington straight course on Super Saturday of Racing.

First run in 1884, the Oakleigh Plate was won by champion racehorse Malua when the race was run over six furlongs. In 1973 the race was adjusted to 1200 and has remained that way since.

The illustrious honour roll lists some very accomplished sprinters including Wakeful (1901), Power Duke (1960), Placid Ark (1987), Schillaci (1992), Fastnet Rock (2005), Snitzel (2006), Weekend Hussler (2008) and Starpgledbanner (2010).

Oakleigh Plate Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Sports
2001 Miss Kournikova
2002 Sudurka
2003 River Dove
2004 Reactive
2005 Fastnet Rock
2006 Snitzel
2007 Undue
2008 Weekend Hussler
2009 Swiss Ace
2010 Starspangledbanner
2011 Eagle Falls
2012 Woorim
2013 Mrs Onassis
2014 Lankan Rupee
2015 Shamal Wind
2016 Flamberge
2017 Sheidel
2018 Russian Revolution
2019 Booker

2020 Pippie


A fair course that provides most runners an even chance when the rail is True position. When the rail is out shifted our 6 metres or more it favours on pace runners and leaders.

The track’s unique triangular shaped layout comprises of three straights and all turns have a 4% to 6% banking which places less strain on horse’s joints.


The first Caulfield Cup was run in the autumn of 1879, and was transferred to the spring in 1881. The track was closed during the war and was used as an army camp, with the Caulfield Cup being run at Flemington.

Renovations to the track and grandstand have made it one of the premier racecourses in Australia with top class facilities for the horses, club members and the public.

The racecourse is located approximately eight kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, on the boundary of Caulfield and Caulfield East in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs.