2016 VRC Oaks Tips and Betting Preview

November 3rd, 2016

Fifteen fillies have been confirmed in the final field for this afternoon’s 2016 Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Yankee Rose is our tip to win the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington this afternoon. Photo: Steve Hart

Yankee Rose is our tip to win the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington this afternoon. Photo: Steve Hart

Yankee Rose has returned to racing in typically slick form this season and remains a clear $1.65 favourite in 2016 Crown Oaks betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of Harlow Gold ($8.50) and Eleonora ($9.50).

Will Yankee Rose justify favouritism and win the 2016 Crown Oaks, or will one of her talented rivals post an upset?

1st

Yankee Rose ($1.65)

While unproven at the distance, Yankee Rose is undoubtedly the class horse of the 2016 Crown Oaks field and should just win the race this afternoon. Breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) during The Championships, the All American filly resumed this time for sixth in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) before running a close second in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m). Returning to winning form in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 8th, Yankee Rose ran third in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) last time out and should have no issue performing with only 55kgs in tow.

2nd

Missrock ($21)

Missrock has steadily improved this time in and is arguably over the 2016 Crown Oaks at current $21 odds for success. Running sixth in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) and seventh in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m), the Fastnet Rock filly ran third in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) on Saturday and is drawn well in barrier 3, with Hugh Bowman in the saddle. Missrock has had a big drift but there isn’t a lot to say she won’t perform well.

3rd

Harlow Gold ($9)

Harlow Gold is bred to get the distance of the Crown Oaks, and she has appeared as though she has been looking for a step up to 2500m. Taking out a pair of Victorian minors over 1400m and a mile respectively in September, the daughter of Tavistock ran fifth in the Thousand Guineas and sixth in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) last time out on October 22nd. Drawn well in barrier 2, Harlow Gold will be partnered by regular hoop Regan Bayliss.

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