The Kennedy Oaks is the featured Group 1 race at Flemington this Thursday.
Australia’s best three-year-old staying fillies will do battle over the testing 2500m distance.
It has been an interesting race over the past few years and it always sparks up plenty of conversation.
We have done the form to find our best bet, best each way and best roughie selections for the 2019 Kennedy Oaks.
VRC Kennedy Oaks 2019 Tips
VRC Kennedy Oaks 2019 final field, barrier draw & odds
VRC Kennedy Oaks 2019 Best Bets
Miami Bound @ $3.60 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Gamay @ $6 Bet Now
Ocean Miss @ $26 Bet Now
VRC Kennedy Oaks 2019 Form Guide & Tips
Miami Bound (Best Bet – $3.60) Bet Now
Miami Bound won the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes leading into this race and that’s typically the best form guide.
She’s trained by Danny O’Brien, who is looking to win the Melbourne Cup/Oaks double within two days.
The daughter of Reliable Man hasn’t done anything wrong in her preparation for the Oaks and we’re expecting another top effort.
No concerns about her seeing out the 2500m distance.
Moonlight Maid ($4) – BET NOW
Moonlight Maid is short in the betting following her placing behind Soul Patch at Moonee Valley.
That was a nice effort against the boys and she is ideally-bred to win the Oaks at Flemington.
The daughter of Puissance de Lune x. Manhattan Maid looks an ideal Oaks type and she was a big winner two back on this track.
We haven’t included her in selections simply because there is better value elsewhere.
Gamay (Best Each Way – $6) – BET NOW
Yet to do anything wrong this preparation after recording two wins and two placings from four starts.
The Archie Alexander-trained three-year-old defeated Vegas Jewel at Caulfield last start and the rise in distance was a clear positive for her.
She won’t have to do any work off the inside barrier and she has the ability to sit handy to the pace or drop back.
Versatile filly which could win at nice odds.
Vegas Jewel ($4.60) – BET NOW
Nice type in the making but she couldn’t run down Miami Bound last start and we’re unsure if the extra distance will help.
She is, however, by Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, but she will get back and it can be tough to make ground in this race.
She’s trying to do this all on her first preparation and that could be the undoing of Vegas Jewel, but respect her ability.
Foxborough ($26) – BET NOW
Punters should always respect John Sargent-trained stayers but Foxborough has yet to win a race.
She has been facing tough fields throughout her career but we would need to see more to recommend backing her.
Looks held at this level.
Silent Sovereign ($41) – BET NOW
Scored a win on debut but has been held in check since. Looks outclassed here and we would be surprised to see her fighting out the finish.
Nice odds on offer and she did make ground late last start.
Presently ($126) – BET NOW
Got the job done nicely three back when breaking maiden grades but this is a big step up.
She hasn’t handled the rise in class in two runs since and we can’t see that changing any time soon.
Long odds on offer.
Beauty Bolt ($14) – BET NOW
Showed promise early on when scoring back-to-back wins to kick off her career.
Battling efforts of late but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the filly by Redoute’s Choice fighting out the finish.
Drawn well and it’s good to see James McDonald taking the ride.
Amazing Peace ($26) – BET NOW
Two wins from her last three starts back that form is against much lower opposition.
Has attracted some attention with bookmakers at $26 but those odds should remain steady and she’s unlikely to finish in the money.
Never Listen ($34) – BET NOW
Nine-start runner and that experience should help her cause. The filly by Trusting has been running at Sydney provincial meetings so take her form with a grain of salt.
However, she did score her most recent win by 8.3 lengths at Scone and that prompted connections to go for the Oaks.
Stranger things have happened.
Song Brocade ($51) – BET NOW
Has won one race from 10 attempts and has failed to place in the other nine races.
That form would need to improve for this and we thought bookmakers would have her at triple-figure odds.
Should be struggling in the straight.
Ocean Miss (Best Roughie – $26) – BET NOW
Scored nicely on debut at Sale before running a couple of nice races behind Oaks-quality types in Celestial Falls and Gamay.
The upside is that she likes to go forward and that has been a winning tactic in the Oaks in the past.
Michael Walker will ride her aggressively and we wouldn’t be leaving her out of calculations.
The $6 to place is good value.
Finished 27.1 lengths behind Miami Bound in the Wakeful Stakes. Unsure how she turns that horrible run around.
Surprised the Waterhouse/Bott team is lining her up.
Stick ‘Em Up ($34) – BET NOW
Another Sargent-trained runner which comes into this following a win at Canberra.
Form out of that venue doesn’t often stack up well for the Oaks, but the daughter of Dundeel was impressive.
Blowout chance with every luck in the run.
Victory Approach ($51) – BET NOW
Michelle Payne having a throw at the dice. Looks to have little chance of winning.