Oakleigh Plate Tips, Betting, Odds, Horses & More 2025

The Oakleigh Plate is one of the most prestigious sprint races on the Australian horse racing calendar for 3YO+ runners. The premier sprint race in the state known as the Oakleigh Plate calls Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria its home. Taking place on the 24th of February 2024, the Oakleigh plate is one of the most exciting Group 1 races to take place not just in Victoria, but all of Australia! 

Oakleigh Plate Information

Looking for some information on the Oakleigh Plate to get you started? No stress, we’ve got you covered! Check out the table below:

📅Date:Saturday 22nd February, 2025
⌚Race Time:TBA
📏Race Distance:1,100 metres
🛣️Racecourse:Caulfield Racecourse
🐎Conditions:Open Handicap
🏅Status:Group 1
🏆Prize Money:$750,000
🏇2024 Winner:Queman

About the Oakleigh Plate

The Oakleigh Plate is one of the biggest feature sprint races on the Australian horse racing calendar each year. The Oakleigh Plate will take place in 2025 on the 22nd of February and is one of the most important Group One races on the calendar. It also shares the stage with the Blue Diamond Stakes and the Futurity Stakes, with all three Group 1s being run on the same day at Caulfield, one of the top tracks in the country. 

Prize money for the Oakleigh Plate has risen to a staggering $750,000 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.

Make sure you don’t forget to check back on OnlyRacing.com.au closer to the 22th of February to receive an in-depth analysis of Caulfield 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.

We hope this preview of 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 2025 Oakleigh Plate. Don’t miss out on the Oakleigh Plate on the 22th of February, we know we’ll be watching!

Before we spoke about the increase in prize money for the Oakleigh Plate. But what exactly is the breakdown? Check out all the details below:

Place:Prize Money:
6th, 7th & 8th$15,000

Oakleigh Plate Tips

A quick search online will show just how many websites are providing Oakleigh Plate tips! But here at OnlyRacing, we take our horse racing tips very seriously! All our experts work hard to provide our readers with the best free horse racing tips. Our Oakleigh Plate tips are not available as we don’t know what the final field is, so our experts are waiting until that information becomes available, so they can provide their tips.

Be sure to keep checking back closer to race day as we will provide expert tips for the Oakleigh Plate. Our expert will study the field and provide our loyal OnlyRacing readers with three tips for the race; the best bet, the next best and the best roughie. While you’re waiting for the 2025 tips to be released, check out our tips from the race in 2024 below: 

Oakleigh Plate Best Bet - Star Patrol

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! I think that has to be a good omen.

Oakleigh Plate Best Roughie - King Of Sparta

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 who boasts a career record of 6-2-2 across 19 total races. Peter and Paul Snowden have done 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.

Don’t forget to check back on this page soon, as our experts will provide their tips for the 2024 race!

Oakleigh Plate Betting Sites

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Oakleigh Plate Betting

Betting on the Oakleigh Plate can be fun, but it’s important to know what you are doing! We here at OnlyRacing recommend you bet on a wide range of markets on different betting apps. Why? So, you get the most out of all the races on the card at Caulfield on Saturday the 22th of February, which also includes two other Group 1s.

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 we will be placing a large portion of our 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 Caulfield meet on the 24th of February. 
    • The Oakleigh Plate is not the only race being run at Caulfield 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 our “Tips” section. Alternatively, you can wait until the week of the race to see our full analysis and tips at Caulfield Racecourse which includes the Oakleigh Plate race.

Betting options are sorted. Tick. Now what? Well, it’s the age-old question - who should you bet with? You’ve got so many horse racing betting sites to choose from, it can be difficult to make a final decision. Well, that’s where OnlyRacing comes in handy.

We’ve gone through all the best Australian betting sites and provided detailed reviews on all of them. After hours upon hours of research, we’ve found it is a good idea to have multiple bookie accounts. We think this is a good idea because they all offer something a little bit different, and you don’t want to pass up on new betting sites bonuses!

So, which bookies do we recommend? Well to start with, we think PlayUp is the bee's-knees. One of the main reasons they are one of the best betting apps going around is because of their truly unique promotions. 

Another bookie you should consider is Bluebet. They have a focus on racing, and a lot of their management team is from a racing background, so you know you’ll find some great betting promotions about racing!

One of the most important things to look for when it comes to choosing a new bookmaker is the odds they provide. If you are looking for a bookie with competitive odds, then you really can’t go past Bet365. One of the biggest bookies in the world, it’s easy to understand why they are so popular!

There you have it readers! Our top three recommended bookies for the Oakleigh Plate. If three just isn’t enough, and you’re looking for more recommendations on who to bet with, check out our “Betting Sites” section above!

Oakleigh Plate Field

Sit back and relax everyone, we’ve got you covered with all the details on the field for the 2025 Oakleigh Plate, as soon as the field is announced. If history is anything to go by, we expect a strong field to line up in 2025! If you’re interested in who the bookies think will be featured in the Oakleigh Plate, we will list all the current odds in our “Odds” section below, once available. 

However, it’s important to remember that as the final field has not been confirmed, this means the odds will likely change dramatically in the days leading up to the big race. If you see odds you like now, we’d suggest jumping on them straight away.

While you are waiting for the final field in 2025 to be announced, check out the runners that lined up in the 2024 Oakleigh Plate:

1ROCH 'N' HORSE (NZ)Michael MoroneyJamie Mott1058kg
2LOMBARDOMick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)Dean Yendall857kg
3MASKED CRUSADERMichael, Wayne & John HawkesBen Melham1657kg
4THE ASTROLOGISTLeon & Troy CorstensBlake Shinn1356.5kg
5KING OF SPARTAPeter & Paul SnowdenJohn Allen355.5kg
6ZOUSTYLETony GollanEthan Brown2055kg
7MARINE ONECiaron Maher & David EustaceHarry Coffey554kg
8UNCOMMON JAMESSteven O'Dea & Matthew HoystedBen Thompson1453.5kg
9ASFOORAHenry DwyerJye McNeil653kg
10LOFTY STRIKEJulius SandhuCraig Newitt1153kg
11CHAIN OF LIGHTNINGPeter G MoodyCraig Williams252.5kg
12SHOOTING FOR GOLDSteven O'Dea & Matthew HoystedJaden Lloyd (a)452.5kg
13I AM MECiaron Maher & David EustaceMs Jamie Kah152kg
14MILEVAPhillip StokesDean Holland752kg
15STAR PATROLClinton McDonaldMichael Dee952kg
16ZAPATEOJames CummingsDaniel Moor1252kg
17SHAMINOPhillip StokesMs Kayla Crowther1552kg
18OXLEY ROADPeter G MoodyPatrick Moloney1852kg
19eTRIPLE MISSILELindsey Smith1952kg
20eBLESS HERClayton Douglas1752kg

In 2024, we saw a jam-packed field of 15 runners. There weren’t any emergencies, but also no scratchings so any emergencies wouldn’t have gained entry into the race anyway. Kallos has the top weight for the race, at 58kg.

You’ll find that scratchings are quite commonplace in horse racing. This is even the case in key Group 1s like the Oakleigh Plate. Scratchings can happen on the day of the race or even just minutes before the jump. We know it can be annoying if your chosen horse gets scratched, but in the end, you will get your stake back, so no harm, no foul!

Something else we suggest you take into consideration when studying the final field is the barrier draw. The barrier draw is critical, especially in a race that has a large field. Certain barriers have more winners than others, and the connections of each runner will be vying for that particular barrier.

Oakleigh Plate Form Guide

Betting on the Oakleigh Plate sure is exciting, and it is even more exciting if you bag a winner. But do you know the best way to bag a winner? Studying the form guide! Fun! Don’t worry though, the experts at OnlyRacing will put in the hard yards for you. We’ll point you in the right direction so you don’t have to spend hours upon hours going through the form.

As the Oakleigh Plate is a handicap race, this places a lot of weight on the weight given to each runner (see what we did there?!). Different weight is given to different horses, so the runners with the best rating will have a heavier weight assigned to them. In recent years, we’ve only seen a handful of runners win with a weight above 55.5kg.

The form coming into the Oakleigh Plate is important to look at as well, and over the years we’ve found a reliable race to look at is the Rubiton Stakes. But we’ve also seen some trainers opting to send their runner into the Oakleigh Plate first-up. If this is the case, you’ll have to rely on trial form or the runner's first-up record.

There have been plenty of major upsets over the years at the Oakleigh Plate, so it may be a good idea to avoid the favourite. The favourite has won just three times since 2009. In 2024, Queman won starting with odds of $17. Looking at the trends, males seem to have more success in this race, winning 23 of the past 36 Oakleigh Plates.

Oakleigh Plate Horses

Considering the rich history associated with the Oakleigh Plate, there is a heap of notable horses that have won the Oakleigh Plate throughout its almost 150-year history. There are many horses that we’d love to include in this section, but we’ve narrowed it down a little so we don’t go on forever!

Below is a small summary of some of the Oakleigh Plate’s past winners and best stories. Check out all the details below:

Malua - 1884

Now let’s go 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 excelled in the Australian racing scene. Having claimed victory in the Oakleigh Plate twice, Malua won several other races on his way to an illustrious career. But Malua will always go down in history as the first racehorse to win the Oakleigh Plate.

Aurie’s Star - 1937 & 1939

In both the 1937 and 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. 

Placid Ark - 1987

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, be sure to visit that page. Of course, Placid Ark is on this list for a reason though, he also claimed the win in 1987’s Oakleigh Plate.

Schillaci - 1992

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 for come-from-behind victories. Remaining a popular figure in Australian racing lore, Schillaci took out the Oakleigh Plate in easy fashion.

Russian Revolution - 2018

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 a few 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.

Oakleigh Plate Odds

You’ve collected all your information, know which runner you’re going to bet on and which bookie to bet with, the next step is to find out what odds your runner is currently priced at. Before Oakleigh Plate race day, all the best horse racing betting apps will provide markets for the race.

While the odds may look good now, be aware that in these horse racing markets, the odds are constantly changing. This is usually due to new information about each potential runner coming to light. For example, if a runner had a poor trial or previous race, the odds will likely go up. 

Changes in odds are highly common in horse racing, so we suggest that a good time to bet on a Group 1 race like the Oakleigh Plate is when the market is “Before Noms” because you’ll get your cash back if your horse doesn’t get a run. If you are betting when the market is “All-In”, if your horse doesn’t make the field, you won’t get your cash back.

Now for the part you’ve all been waiting for - the odds! While the odds for the 2025 race aren’t yet available, check out the odds below for the race in 2024, taken just a couple of days before the race.

King’s Gambit$4.40
Rey Magnerio$11
Najem Suhail$13
Skew Wiff$21
Mornington Glory$26
Chain Of Lightning$31

*Odds correct as of 23/02/2024.

Oakleigh Plate History

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, however diving into the history of the Oakleigh Plate will show you how exciting and rich the event is. When it comes to Group Ones during key horse racing carnivals, the Oakleigh Plate is steeped in history.

Up until 1972, the Oakleigh Plate was held at 5 furlongs. The Oakleigh Plate changed this to 1,100 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. With the Blue Diamond Stakes being held on the same day, it’s easy to tune in and watch both Group 1 races.

We all know that dead heats are not common in horse racing, but the Oakleigh Plate managed to have two in a row! Firstly in 1931 when there was a dead heat between runners Merab and First Arrow, then again in 1932 with Blematic and Umbertana. There must be something in the water because in 2021 there was another dead heat between Celebrity Queen and Portland Sky.

The Oakleigh Plate is just one of many races on the calendar. If you want to know more about all the different key races on the Australian calendar, make sure you check out our Group One races list.

Oakleigh Plate Results

So, who won the race? Well, if you weren’t lucky enough to be at the track on race day, or watch the race live on TV, this is the question you’ll be asking. Did you back a winner in the Oakleigh Plate, or is it back to the drawing board?

The 2024 Oakleigh Plate was taken out by first-time Group 1 winner Queman. If you found this diamond in the rough, you’d be sitting pretty as Queman James was paying $17. A great steer from jockey Harry Coffey gave Queman James all that was needed to get the win.

Hypothetical wasn’t able to hold on to first place, getting pipped by Queman at the line by just 0.1L. The Gavin Bedggood-trained Mornington Glory was a little bit further back in third place, 1.6L off the pace.

Check out the full Oakleigh Plate results below:

113QUEMANShane & Cassie OxladeHarry Coffey-252kg
210HYPOTHETICALAnthony & Sam FreedmanMichael Dee0.1L952kg
312MORNINGTON GLORYGavin BedggoodDean Yendall1.6L752kg
48BENEDETTAJason WarrenDaniel Stackhouse1.8L553kg
59BRUDENELLKris LeesDaniel Moor1.9L652kg
67RECOMMENDATIONCiaron MaherDeclan Bates2.1L453.5kg
74SGHIRRIPAShane & Cassie OxladeCraig Newitt2.2L1355kg
815KING’S GAMBITPeter & Paul SnowdenMs Jamie Kah2.3L150kg
914REY MAGNERIORobbie Griffiths & Mathew de KockJye McNeil2.4L1252kg
102ASFOORAHenry DwyerMitchell Aitken2.5L1157.5kg
111KALLOSJames CummingsBlake Shinn2.7L1558kg
125CHAIN OF LIGHTNINGPeter G Moody & Katherine ColemanMs Carleen Hefel2.8L1053.5kg
133SKEW WIFF (NZ)Mark WalkerCraig Williams2.9L355.5kg
1411LEMPICKAKen & Kasey KeysBlaike McDougall3.9L1452kg
156NAJEM SUHAILRobbie Griffiths & Mathew de KockMs Celine Gaudray (a)4.65L853.5kg

Oakleigh Plate Replay

If video replays are more your style, we’ve got you covered! Check out the full race replay of the 2024 edition of the Oakleigh Plate:

Oakleigh Plate Winners

There have been some pretty epic races over the years, and if you’d like to know who has won them (up until 2010) then be sure to check out the table below:

2023Uncommon James
2021Celebrity Queen & Portland Sky (dead heat)
2018Russian Revolution
2015Shamal Wind
2014Lankan Rupee
2013Mrs Onassis
2011Eagle Falls

Oakleigh Plate FAQs

Last, but certainly not least, we’ve put together some FAQs you might have on the Oakleigh Plate! So, if you’ve got any last-minute burning questions about this race, hopefully, we’ve answered them for you.

Where to bet on the Oakleigh Plate?

One of the most important things you, as the punter, need to pick in the lead-up to the Oakleigh Plate is where to place your Oakleigh Plate bets! Our advice to you 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.

How to bet on the Oakleigh Plate?

Another question that can be answered by checking out our bookmaker review page! All our reviews go into detail about how you can bet with each bookie. You’ll likely have your preferred bookmaker, but it is a good idea to check other bookies as well, to see what odds they are offering.

How to watch the Oakleigh Plate?

There are a handful of bookies that offer live streaming as one of their features. So, if you are with one of those bookies, your question is easily answered! Otherwise, you can also watch the Oakleigh Plate on free-to-air, or even Foxtel/ Kayo, if that’s something you subscribe to.

When is the Oakleigh Plate?

The Oakleigh Plate is scheduled for Saturday 22nd February 2025 and will be one of the key races on what we expect to be a jam-packed race card, which includes two other Group 1s.

How long is the Oakleigh Plate?

The Oakleigh Plate is a sprint race and is only 1,100 metres. Due to the length of the race being quite short, you’ll find that the margin between the entire field is quite small.

Where is the Oakleigh Plate?

The Oakleigh Plate takes place each year at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.

Who won the most recent edition of the Oakleigh Plate?

In 2024, we saw Queman win the Oakleigh Plate. Queman had a starting price of $17, so there was a tidy payday for anyone who tipped this runner.

What is the prize money for the Oakleigh Plate?

As the Oakleigh Plate Caviar Lightning Stakes is a Group 1 race, you can expect lots of prize money dished out! There is a share of $750,000 on offer for this race.

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