The Crown Oaks is a 2500 metre race for three-year-old fillies, held on the Thursday after the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse. First run in 1861, the Crown Oaks is one of the most important races for three-year-old fillies in Australia, and also one of the most popular events attended. High attendance is somewhat due to the Fashion on the Field events for ladies that are an integral part of Crown Oaks Day at Flemington, but this is a common reason for people to attend all of the major races of Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival.
Until recently, the Crown Oaks was called the VRC Oaks, in reference to the Victoria Racing Club. The name change is due to a sponsorship deal with the Crown Casino chain, but many punters still refer to the race as the VRC Oaks.
The 2009 Crown Oaks will be held on 5 November, on the Thursday after the Melbourne Cup. This is the busiest time for Australian racing and attendance at Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival events can be mind-bogglingly massive. Overseas visitors may wish to plan attendance all the major race days in order to make a visit worthwhile and to possibly take advantage of accommodation packages. It must also be noted that fashion is a very important part of the Crown Oaks Day festivities, so be prepared to wear your very best.