Oakleigh Plate 2011 Race Date & Preview

January 19th, 2011

The 2011 Oakleigh Plate is scheduled to take place on Saturday February 26 at Caulfield Racecourse as part of the outstanding line-up on Blue Diamond Stakes Day, one of the major meetings of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

An open handicap race run over 1100m, the Oakleigh Plate has stakes set at $400,000  and is one of three Group 1 showdowns at the meet.

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The $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) for two-year-olds is the headline event while punters will also be keen to check the online betting markets at Luxbet for the $500,000 Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) which is the richest weight-for-age showdown held in Melbourne during the autumn.

Good lead-up races to the 2011 Oakleigh Plate that punters can use as a guide include the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) that was run at Flemington on January 1 and won by Ahdashim from Chasm and Eclair Mystic, the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1400m) set to run at Caulfield on February 12 and the Group 3 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at the same meeting.

Last year’s Oakleigh Plate winner Starspangledbanner was coming off a win in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) and continued on to run a gallant third in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington to Wanted who had run fourth in the Oakleigh, while 2010 Oakleigh Plate runner-up Here De Angels won the Rubiton Stakes prior to their close second to Starspangledbanner.

In 2009 Swiss Ace managed to take out the Oakleigh Plate then run a close second in the Newmarket Handicap.

The 2011 Lightning Stakes is scheduled to run on February 19 while the 2011 Newmarket Handicap will take place on March 12 and combining these autumn races in a betting double with the Oakleigh Plate through Luxbet can provide some excellent value wagers!

Quality horses heading towards a run in this year’s Oakleigh Plate include super consistent Queensland galloper Faster Son, Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily and Melbourne Cup Carnival winner Stirling Grove.

Nominations for the 2011 Oakleigh Plate will be taken on February 21 and then the final field announced on February 23rd and published here so bookmark this site.

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