Crown Oaks Day Betting Basics
For many New Zealand punters and racing enthusiasts, the Spring Carnival offers the ideal opportunity to bet on multiple races throughout the week. One of the most popular races in the Carnival is the Crown Oaks. Held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, the Crown Oaks is a Group 1 thoroughbred race for fillies of three-years old and up raced under specific weight for age conditions. The race is run on the third day of the Spring Carnival over a distance of 2500 meters with a handsome purse of AUD$1 Million.
The very first Crown Oaks day was held in 1861 and was won by a filly named Palestine. The race itself is considered to be the filly equivalent of the famous Victoria Derby. One of the reason’s the race has become so popular is because it is run on the same day as the Fashions on the Filed celebrations. This was an event introduced in 1962 to entice more woman to attend the races. Since then, fashion events have become common place at all the biggest horseraces.
A Real Test Of Endurance
For punters looking to bet on the Crown Oaks, the most telling lead up race is probably the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes race. The Wakeful Stakes is also run at Flemington Racecourse a few days earlier over a distance of 2000 meters. Punters can get a good idea of how the fillies are running at the time and who would have the potential to push for those extra 500 meters. The Crown Oaks is held in November which means that most of the horses have had a couple of runs and are in peak form at the time.
The Crown Oaks day race is a massive test of a horse’s stamina and fitness. The 2500-meter distance is more than most horses will have faced up to that point. For punters having a go on the race, it is important to do as much research on the horses as possible. While some horses may be strong over short distances, they tend to burn out over the long run. In a race like the Crown Oaks, the winner is generally a stronger horse with the stamina to go the distance, even if they are behind the pack going into the final straight.
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Crown Oak Day Bets
In terms of betting, there are plenty of Crown Oaks bets that can be place on the day. For novice punters, the easiest bet to place is a straight win bet. This involves picking the winner of the main featured race of the day. Another bet for inexperienced punters is a placing bet. While the payout is lower, a placing bet has a higher chance of being correct as it involves picking a horse to place anywhere in the top three. If you are looking for more exciting betting opportunities, you can have a go at placing an each way bet. This is a combination of a win bet and an each way bet. Both have to be correct in order to pay out. There are also a full range of multi and exotic bets than can be placed online including doubles, trebles, and exacta bets.