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Some facts about the Group One $400,000 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

* First run in 1884 when won by Malua.

* From 1941 to 1944 inclusive it was run at Flemington, while in 1996 it was run at Sandown.

* Notable past winners include: Malua (1884), Wakeful (1901), Aurie’s Star (1937, 1939), San Domenico (1949), Dubbo (1958), New Statesman (1962), Kilshery (1963), Pardon Me (1964), Time And Tide (1965), Citius (1966), Dual Choice (1971, 1972), Tontonan (1974), Zephyr Bay (1975), Mistress Anne (1979), Turf Ruler (1980), Placid Ark (1987), Snippets (1988), Schillaci (1992), Spartacus (1997), Fastnet Rock (2005), Weekend Hussler (2008), Starspangledbanner (2010).

* Winning trainers with a runner this year: David Hayes – Eagle Falls (Eagle Falls 2011).

* Winning jockeys with rides this year: Brad Rawiller – Grand Nirvana (Weekend Hussler 2008); Damien Oliver – First Command (Eagle Falls 2011, Schillaci 1992); Danny Nikolic – Facile Tigre (Starspangledbanner 2010, Sports 2000); Glen Boss – Winter King (Fastnet Rock 2005); Craig Newitt – Elite Falls (Snitzel 2006).

* The last favourite to win was Weekend Hussler ($2.15, 2008).

* Three-year-olds have won four of the last seven runnings – Fastnet Rock (2005), Snitzel (2006), Weekend Hussler (2008), Starspangledbanner (2010). Three-year-olds this year are Sepoy, Satin Shoes, Elite Falls and African Pulse.

* Malua, the inaugural winner of the race in 1884, also won the Melbourne Cup that year.

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