The Oakleigh Plate

The Oakleigh Plate is one of the most prestigious sprint races on the Australian horse racing calendar for three years and older runners. The premier sprint race in the state known as the Oakleigh Plate calls Sandown Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria its home. Taking place on the 25th of February this year, the Oakleigh plate is one of the most exciting Group 1 races to take place not just in Victoria, but all of Australia! 

Prize money for the Oakleigh Plate has risen to be at a staggering $750,00 AUD for the 2023 edition, to provide the premier sprinters in Australia with a prize pool to match the prestige of the race. Traditionally, the Oakleigh Plate has served as the ‘middle leg’ so to speak of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival sprint events. The Oakleigh Plate takes place after the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes and before the Newmarket Handicap.

In this review of Sandown Racecourse’s Oakleigh Plate, we will look into the histories of both the titular Oakleigh Plate race, as well as the track, Sandown Racecourse. Additionally, we will have a look at where and how to bet on the Oakleigh Plate so you are as ready as can be come race day on the 25th of February 2023.

Make sure you don’t forget to check back on OnlyRacing closer to the 25th of February to receive an in-depth analysis for Sandown Racecourse’s meet that day. We divulge a wide range of tips including the standard fixed win/place bets, as well as exotics and multis to satisfy your punting needs.

I hope this preview to the Oakleigh Plate assists you in being better informed on the history and prestige of the event, as well as the favourites going into the 2023 Oakleigh Plate. Don’t miss out on the Oakleigh Plate on the 25th of February, I know I’ll be watching!

The Feature Race - The 2023 Oakleigh Plate

Ladbrokes Oakleigh Plate 2023 - 1100m

Date: Saturday 25th February 2023
Time: 5:40pm AEDT
Prize Money: $750,000 AUD

PlacingPrize Money
6th, 7th, and 8th$15,000

Once again, we are a bit too early to see a confirmed field of runners for the Oakleigh Plate, see we have to settle for the odds provided at the pre-nomination stage of the Oakleigh Plate. There is a good chance that once the field for the Oakleigh Plate is confirmed, the odds for some of the favourite runners will drop, so it may be beneficial to lock in your favourite runners ASAP to ensure you get the best odds for the 2023 Oakleigh Plate.

Please Note: All odds are provided by PlayUp.

RunnersFixed Win OddsFixed Place Odds
Star Patrol$6.00$2.25
I Am Me$7.00$2.50
Uncommon James$8.00$2.75
Lofty Strike$11.00$3.50
Buenos Noches$13.00$4.00
Passive Aggressive$14.00$4.25
Bella Nipotina$15.00$4.50
King Of Sparta$15.00$4.50
Chain Of Lightning$17.00$5.00
Cest Magique$21.00$6.00
Babylon Berlin$26.00$7.30
Best Of Bordeaux$26.00$7.30
Big Parade$26.00$7.30

The 2023 Oakleigh Plate has the potential to boast one of the strongest fields of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. Although it might be early, I already have a few runners I think are good value for the Oakleigh Plate. As per the OnlyRacing style, I will give out an early best bet, an early next best bet, as well as an early roughie pick so you can have three runners to watch!

Once again, don’t forget to visit OnlyRacing’s Tips Page for another take on the Oakleigh Plate coming soon!

Early Best BetOakleigh Plate 2023
Star Patrol
Win: $6.00
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Place: $2.25
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Early Next BestOakleigh Plate 2023
Win: $8.00
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Place: $2.75
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Early Roughie PickOakleigh Plate 2023
King Of Sparta
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Place: $4.50
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Star Patrol – EARLY BEST BET
Star Patrol is the current second favourite for the 2023 edition of the Oakleigh Plate. The four-year-old Gelding is trained by Clint McDonald out of Cranbourne racecourse. Boasting an impressive 4-3-2 record from 12 career starts, Star Patrol will be a force to be reckoned with come race day for the Oakleigh Plate.

A fun fact about Star Patrol: Star Patrol, the current second favourite for the 2023 Oakleigh Plate, is sired by Starspangledbanner, a previous winner of the Oakleigh Plate back in 2010!

How can I leave out the winner of last year’s Oakleigh Plate? Simply, I can’t! Marabi is great value at its current odds to become a repeat champion of the Oakleigh Plate. Marabi is a wildly impressive 7-0-0 in 8 career starts, one of them being the 2022 Oakleigh Plate held at Caulfield Racecourse. I know I won’t be leaving Marabi out of my Oakleigh Plate multiples! Will you?

Throwing it all the way back to my best bet for my Gold Coast tips on the 14th of January this year. King Of Sparta is an exceptional runner that boasts a career record of 6-2-2 across 19 total races. Peter and Paul Snowden have down an immense job in training this four-year-old Gelding to be a true contender in the big races. Look for King Of Sparta to make a statement at the 2023 Oakleigh Plate.

Where to Bet on the 2023 Oakleigh Plate

One of the most important things you, as the punter, needs to pick in the lead-up to the 2023 Oakleigh Plate is where to place your Oakleigh Plate bets. Will you use one of the bigger bookmakers in Ladbrokes, Bet365, or Sportsbet? Or will you give one of the smaller or newer bookies a crack like Winnersbet, Midasbet or Palmerbet. 

My advice to you for placing bets on the Oakleigh Plate is to compare the odds of your favourite runners across all the available bookmakers. To see a full list of bookies available to you for the Oakleigh Plate in Australia, see our bookmakers review page for all the information that will assist you in your punting decision.

Some of our favourite bookmakers are listed below. We, at OnlyRacing, also have full reviews of these bookmakers that can once again be viewed on our bookmakers review page. We suggest giving one of the following bookmakers a chance for the upcoming Oakleigh Plate on the 25th of February:

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How to Bet on the Oakleigh Plate

Read the above ‘Where to Bet on the Oakleigh Plate’ section of this Oakleigh Plate preview if you need assistance picking a bookmaker to use for the Oakleigh Plate. Once this punting decision has been made, you can then look at the sort of markets you would like to bet on for the Oakleigh Plate.

Below is a suggestion of a few of the markets available across nearly all available bookmakers for the Oakleigh Plate:

  • Fixed Win/Place bets are the most common bet type on any given horse race. Selecting a single runner to either win or place in the Oakleigh Plate is how I will be placing a large portion of my money used for the Oakleigh Plate.
  • Exotics such as Quinellas/Trifectas/First Fours incorporate multiple runners from the same race into a singular dividend. This is a great way to bet on a few runners you like and cannot decide between for the Oakleigh Plate.
  • Multi bets and the Quaddie for the Sandown Lakeside meet on the 25th of February. The Oakleigh Plate is not the only race being run at Sandown Lakeside that day, so why not include other races into your bet!

If you want actual tips for the Oakleigh Plate, you can scroll up to the ‘Feature Race – The Oakleigh Plate’ portion of this Oakleigh Plate preview in order to see my way-too-early pick for the 1100m sprint race. Alternatively, you can wait until the week of the race to see our full analysis and tips for Sandown Lakeside which includes the Oakleigh Plate race.

How to Watch the Oakleigh Plate

There is no better racing experience than being there in the flesh. This applies even more when it comes to the big Australian racing carnivals, such as this Magic Millions Carnival at the Gold Coast Turf Club in Queensland. Buy tickets for The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday online through Gold Coast Turf Club and the Magic Millions website.

Although this is undoubtedly the best way to immerse yourself in a true horse racing experience, lots of us, me included, live outside of Queensland and far away from the Gold Coast Turf Club. So as an alternative, I tend to watch livestreams of the races on my bookie mobile apps. 

Nowadays, offering a live racing stream on a racing-centric betting platform is essential to compete against other bookmakers. As time goes on, more and more bookies add this feature to their mobile product to gain more customers. Look at our bookmaker reviews to see which bookies you can watch the Magic Millions Carnival on. 

As much as I would love to make the trek up to Gold Coast Turf Club for the meet, I will be watching on my phone and punting on my laptop. Have a look at our early picks and likely field of runners above to join me!

History of the Oakleigh Plate

The Oakleigh Plate is an event traditionally held at Caulfield Racecourse, however due to the Blue Diamond Stakes also running on the 25th of February, the Australian racing community will see the Oakleigh Plate run at Sandown Lakeside. See the ‘Sandown Lakeside History – The Oakleigh Plate’ section of this Oakleigh Plate preview, to learn more about the home of the 2023 Oakleigh Plate.

The Oakleigh Plate was first held in the year 1884. There may not be as much prestige associated with the Oakleigh Plate in comparison to some of its neighbouring races (like the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes), however diving into the history of the Oakleigh Plate will show you how exciting and rich the event is.

Up until 1972 the Oakleigh Plate was held at 5 furlongs. The Oakleigh Plate changed this to 1100 metres which it currently races at today. Some of the most notable champions we’ve seen claim victory in the Oakleigh Plate include Russian Revolution, Placid Ark, and Aurie’s Star.

After nearly 100 years of racing below the Group 1 level, the Oakleigh Plate was elevated in 1979 to properly match the prize money and reputation it had garnered. Although the Blue Diamond Stakes is being held on the 25th of February too, I suggest tuning in to the Oakleigh Plate if it is something you wouldn’t regularly do!

Sandown Lakeside History – The Oakleigh Plate

Although the Oakleigh Plate is traditionally run at Caulfield Racecourse, this year a different event will be headlining the other Victorian racetrack (the Blue Diamond Stakes). So as an alternative, the meet has been moved to Sandown Lakeside, which is also located in Melbourne, Victoria. 

Sandown Lakeside first opened its doors in 1875 and has been host to plenty of prestigious Group 2 races across the Australian racing calendar. It is quite possible the track has never hosted an event as prestigious as the Oakleigh Plate going into 2023. Undoubtedly, Sandown Racecourse has stood the test of time and become a large part of Melbourne’s racing culture. 

Well before hosting the Oakleigh Plate this year, Sandown Lakeside has undergone serious renovations and upkeep to maintain its status as a prestigious horse racing venue. Given that Sandown Lakeside is going on 150 years old, I’d say it has been successful in its efforts. 

Now diving into Sandown Lakeside’s biggest events outside of hosting the 2023 iteration of the Oakleigh Plate. The track has held the Sandown Classic for many years, a 2400m race at Sandown Lakeside run at the Group 2 level. Similarly, the Sandown Guineas calls Sandown Lakeside its home. The Sandown Guineas is a pivotal race in the lead up to Australia’s most famous race, the Melbourne cup, and is run at 1600m at a Group 2 level.

Sandown Lakeside also acts as a host for other racing events across the Australian horse racing calendar to keep racing enthusiasts engaged in the track and coming back for me. Some of these other horse racing events include the Eclipse Stakes and the Zipping Classic. These sorts of events ensure that Sandown Lakeside can continue to attract some of Australia’s best racers, jockeys, and trainers.

Ultimately, Sandown Lakeside is a crucial part of Victoria’s racing scene, as well as Australia’s as a whole. If you ever find yourself in Victoria, be sure to visit Sandown Lakeside if you get the chance!

Oakleigh Plate Previous Winners

Considering the rich history associated with the Oakleigh Plate that we have explored above in the ‘History of the Oakleigh Plate’ section of this Oakleigh Plate preview, there are a heap of notable victors throughout the Oakleigh Plate’s almost 150-year history. As discussed above, Russian Revolution, Placid Ark, and Aurie’s Star are some of the best-known racers, but some past winners are notable for other reasons.

Below is a list of all the Oakleigh Plate champions since its inception. Keep reading below that to see a small summary of some of the Oakleigh Plate’s best winners and best stories.

  • 2022 – Marabi
  • 2021 – Celebrity Queen/Portland Sky
  • 2020 – Pippie
  • 2019 – Booker
  • 2018 – Russian Revolution
  • 2017 – Sheidel
  • 2016 – Flamberge
  • 2015 – Shamal Wind
  • 2014 – Lankan Rupee
  • 2013 – Mrs Onassis
  • 2012 – Woorim
  • 2011 – Eagle Falls
  • 2010 – Starspangledbanner
  • 2009 – Swiss Ace
  • 2008 – Weekend Hussler
  • 2007 – Undue
  • 2006 – Snitzel
  • 2005 – Fastnet Rock
  • 2004 – Reactive
  • 2003 – River Dove
  • 2002 – Sudurka
  • 2001 – Miss Kournikova
  • 2000 – Sports
  • 1999 – Dantelah
  • 1998 – Singing The Blues
  • 1997 – Spartacus
  • 1996 – Drum
  • 1995 – Khaptingly
  • 1994 – Kenvain
  • 1993 – Mookta
  • 1992 – Schillaci
  • 1991 – With Me
  • 1990 – Scarlet Bisque
  • 1989 – Clay Hero
  • 1988 – Snippets
  • 1987 – Placid Ark
  • 1986 – Coal Pak
  • 1985 – Mr. Illusion
  • 1984 – Mighty Avalanche
  • 1983 – Sans Rival
  • 1982 – Harpagus
  • 1981 – Gleaming Waters
  • 1980 – Turf Ruler
  • 1979 – Mistress Anne
  • 1978 – Hartbalm
  • 1977 – Merger
  • 1976 – Kentland
  • 1975 – Zephyr Bay
  • 1974 – Tontonan
  • 1973 – Zambari
  • 1972 – Dual Choice
  • 1971 – Dual Choice
  • 1970 – Alrello
  • 1969 – Iga Ninja
  • 1968 – Magic Ruler
  • 1967 – Marmion
  • 1966 – Citius
  • 1965 – Time And Tide
  • 1964 – Pardon Me
  • 1963 – Kilshery
  • 1962 – New Statesman
  • 1961 – Gay Saba
  • 1960 – Power Duke
  • 1959 – Gold Stakes
  • 1958 – Dubbo
  • 1957 – Adelina
  • 1956 – Lucky Stride
  • 1955 – Dicast
  • 1954 – Birdwood
  • 1953 – Winlake
  • 1952 – Cromwell
  • 1951 – Regal Scout
  • 1950 – Spitfire
  • 1949 – San Domenico
  • 1948 – Tahmoor
  • 1947 – Kind Link
  • 1946 – Delina
  • 1945 – Ava
  • 1944 – Burberry
  • 1943 – Millais
  • 1942 – High Title
  • 1941 – Zonda
  • 1940 – Unishak
  • 1939 – Aurie's Star
  • 1938 – Pamelus
  • 1937 – Aurie's Star
  • 1936 – Belle Silhouette
  • 1935 – Arachne
  • 1934 – First Money
  • 1933 – Ibrani
  • 1932 – Blematic/Umbertana
  • 1931 – Merab/First Arrow
  • 1930 – Figure
  • 1929 – Day Dreamer
  • 1928 – Euston
  • 1927 – Baringhup
  • 1926 – Perspective
  • 1925 – Adrift
  • 1924 – Royal Thought
  • 1923 – Chelidon
  • 1922 – Wish Wynne
  • 1921 – race not held
  • 1920 – Molly's Robe
  • 1919 – Cielo
  • 1918 – Poitrina
  • 1917 – Woorak
  • 1916 – Tullia
  • 1915 – Brattle
  • 1914 – Popinjay
  • 1913 – Burri
  • 1912 – Queen Of Scots
  • 1911 – Blairgour
  • 1910 – Celerity
  • 1909 – Irishman
  • 1908 – Bright Steel
  • 1907 – Beresina
  • 1906 – Wandin
  • 1905 – Abington
  • 1904 – Silenus
  • 1903 – F.J.A
  • 1902 – Drawbridge
  • 1901 – Wakeful
  • 1900 – Veneda
  • 1899 – Stand Off
  • 1898 – Resolute
  • 1897 – So And So
  • 1896 – Coil
  • 1895 – Wakawatea
  • 1894 – Moorite
  • 1893 – Lord Hopetoun
  • 1892 – Camoola
  • 1891 – Wild Rose
  • 1890 – Titan
  • 1889 – Nectarine
  • 1888 – My Lord
  • 1887 – Surprise
  • 1886 – William Tell
  • 1885 – Marie Louise
  • 1884 – Malua

Russian Revolution
Russian Revolution won the Oakleigh Plate in 2018. One of the most talented sprinters of our generation in the Australian racing scene, Russian Revolution’s victory just 5 years ago is no surprise. With the combination of early speed and a strong late kick, Russian Revolution’s victory in the Oakleigh Plate is still one of his all-time achievements.

In 1992’s edition of the Oakleigh Plate, we saw one of the most memorable runs of all time in the Oakleigh Plate. Schillaci was always known for his pure racing ability and lightning speed, coupled with a tenacious knack from come-from-behind victories. Remaining as a popular figure in Australian racing lore, Schillaci took out the Oakleigh Plate in easy fashion.

Placid Ark
Placid Ark was an absolute phenom that claimed victory in the Oakleigh Plate in 1987. We have already discussed Placid Ark in the preview to the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, so if you want to read more about Placid Ark’s exceptional ability and career, go visit our page. Of course, Placid Ark is on this list for a reason though, he also claimed the win in 1987’s Oakleigh Plate.

Aurie’s Star
In both the 1937 Oakleigh Plate and the 1939 Oakleigh Plate (yes, we are talking about the Oakleigh Plate victors nearly 100 years ago), Aurie’s Star became the first multiple time champion of the Oakleigh Plate. Again, this horse was ahead of its time and one of the best sprinters of the early to mid 1900s in Australian racing. See, here at OnlyRacing, we dive way back into these race previews, and this Oakleigh Plate preview is no exception. 

Now let’s go all the way back to the 1800s, 1884 to be specific, and look at the winner of the inaugural Oakleigh Plate. Malua was one of the first true sprinters that exceled in the Australian racing scene. Having claimed victory in the Oakleigh Plate twice, Malua won several other named races on its way to an illustrious career. But Malua will always go down in history as the first racehorse to win the Oakleigh Plate.

The Oakleigh Plate would not be what it is today if these horses didn’t race. The wins of Russian Revolution, Schillaci, Placid Ark, Aurie’s Star, and Malua in the Oakleigh Plate help to paint the tapestry of the rich history of the Oakleigh Plate.

The Oakleigh Plate is set to take place on the 25th of February this year at Sandown Lakeside. It is one of the top sprint races in Victoria as a Group 1 event and attracts some of the biggest sprint racers and figures in Australia. Be sure to tune in so you don’t miss out on the 2023 Oakleigh Plate!