The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has announced the evolution of Kennedy Oaks Day which will see the program of the third day of Australia’s premier racing event enhanced to include a front lawn luncheon, a later start to the race card and a spectacular entertainment lineup.
Gates open at 11am with the first race to be run at 1:50pm and shorter gaps between races designed to amplify the electric atmosphere that accompanies Cup Week celebrations at Flemington.
Kennedy Oaks Day becomes the most unique raceday in Australia with an uninterrupted luncheon period where guests can connect with friends and colleagues, enjoying a range of entertainment across the course before tuning into the racing action at 1:50pm, with the nine-race card set to conclude at 6:25pm.
To top and tail a spectacular day of racing with entertainment, the popular general admission precinct The Park will host a double-header of headline acts on centre stage from the early evening.
Australian indie royalty The Jungle Giants are set to deliver a sensational set before the #1 ARIA chart topping artist Dean Lewis takes to the stage, fresh off the back of his North American tour. The Sydney singer-songwriter is best known for multi-platinum hits, Waves, Be Alright and 7 Minutes.
Traditionally known as Ladies Day, Kennedy Oaks Day features the final of the iconic Myer Fashions on the Field National Competition and the running of the $1 million Group 1 Kennedy Oaks (2500m), to be run at the revised time of 5:50pm.
Melbourne Cup, picture VRC
VRC Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said the Club is excited to deliver a reimagined program for Kennedy Oaks Day as part of its long-term strategic plan for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“As the custodians of Australia’s premier racing event it is incumbent on the VRC to look at new ways to innovate and redefine the experience for all on course and this is just one of many exciting changes for the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival,” Mr Wilson said.
“Kennedy Oaks Day is immensely popular every year and the Club believes providing a dedicated lunch period and a later start to the race program is the logical step forward to further enhance the success of the day while broadening the appeal to a new audience.
“Those who want to enjoy the day in full can make the most of Flemington’s acclaimed dining venues during the lunch period, or take up their place on the front lawn before the racing action begins at 1:50pm.
“The updated program of events will also make it easier for those with work commitments to take a half-day or finish work and get to the track to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and first-class racing that the VRC’s Melbourne Cup Carnival is known for.”
Outside of the feature race, Kennedy Oaks Day also includes the running of the $500,000 Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Final (1600m), restricted to trainers and horses located in country Victoria.
Kennedy Oaks Day is the fourth most attended day on the Australian racing calendar, and forms part of the biggest week in racing alongside the VRC’s AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Lexus Melbourne Cup Day and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day.
The 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival begins with AAMI Victoria Derby Day on Saturday 2 November, followed by Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 5 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 7 November and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day on Saturday 9 November.