Kennedy Oaks Day meeting
Kennedy Oaks Day at Flemington is well known as Ladies Day profiled by the blue riband 3YO fillies event, the Group 1 Kennedy Oaks. The meeting showcases the fun, fashion and frivolity of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. This year’s meeting will be highlighted ‘at home’ by the Finals of MYER Fashions on your Front Lawn. It will be the first time entrants will be judged via a fully functioning online process. Amazing prizes on offer, both the Female and Male winners will drive away in a brand new Lexus UX250h 2WD Sports Luxury plus Myer gift cards, TCL TV packages and more!
The Group 1 VRC Oaks dates back as far as the first year of the Melbourne Cup, 1861. It has always been the star attraction for the staying three-year-old fillies at Flemington and has subsequently established an impressive honour roll.
Sylvia (1867) was an impressive early winner of the race who went on to produce Martini Henry, who won the Victoria Derby and Melbourne Cup double at his first two starts. Florence (1870) was the resultant progeny of Rose of Denmark who was placed third in both the 1863 and 1864 Melbourne Cups and Briseis (1876) was the daughter of Musidora who ran second in the 1863 Melbourne Cup. There is a genuine connection between both races especially in those early years.
Auraria (1895) won the VRC Oaks the same year she won the Cup. In fact her week was truly remarkable having also finished third in Wallace’s Derby on the Saturday before dead-heating with that same horse in the C.B. Fisher Plate on Final Day. In those days, when horses were deemed to be equal finishers, they went around again to determine the outcome of the race. Fortunately common sense prevailed at the time and both owners settled on being equal first and a ‘dead-heat’ was declared.
The last horse to win the VRC Oaks and the Melbourne Cup in consecutive years was in fact Light Fingers in 1965 and the last horse to win the Oaks and produce a Cup winner was Rose of Kingston (1981) who produced Kingston Rule (1990), who ran the fastest time in Cup history in 3:16.30. 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of that historic win.
And to top it off Miami Bound, winner of last year’s renewal, is a daughter of Arapaho Miss who won the race back in 2007.
Kennedy Oaks Day is a truly special Day and derives its name from the second oldest classic on the racing calendar. That of course being The Oaks, one of the five English Classics first run at Epsom Downs back in 1779. The winner, Bridget was owned by The Earl of Derby whom the Derby is named after. The Oaks reference is to a country retreat owned by……. the Earl of Derby. It sounds all too familiar for some.
The $1,000,000 Group 1 Kennedy Oaks is a set weights race run over 2500 metres. The race card is supported by two Group 3s, one Listed race and the $500,000 Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Final.