A crowd of 61,355 has witnessed Flemington trainers Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra win the $1 million Group 1 Kennedy Oaks, with their filly Aristia clinching the feature race.
Coming off victory in Saturday’s Group 2 Mumm Wakfeful Stakes, she was guided home by jockey Damian Lane, while Tim Clark was second on Greysful Glamour for Mark Newnham, and Michelle Payne took third aboard Miner’s Miss for her father, trainer Paddy Payne.
Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said it was wonderful to see the training partnership of Ellerton Zahra secure the win at their home track.
“Congratulations to Matthew and Simon and to the large group of Aristia’s connections. We are delighted so many of them were at Flemington to experience the joy of winning a feature race during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.”
“It was fantastic to see tens of thousands of racegoers enjoying Kennedy Oaks Day, with Flemington in full bloom and featuring a quality card of racing,” Mr Wilson said.
The undercard saw Vinicuna ridden by Wayne Lordan secure the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate for the training team of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, while jockey Tim Clark rode the Matt Laurie-trained Bleu Roche to victory in the Group 3 World Horse Racing Red Roses Stakes, and 23-year-old Cranbourne trainer Alexander Rae took out the inaugural Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Final with Cochada ridden Craig Williams.
Top jockey Damien Oliver secured his 71st career win of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, with victory aboard Vow and Declare for trainer Danny O’Brien in the TCL TV Stakes, to draw level with Roy Higgins and one win behind record holder Bobby Lewis.
Following Kennedy Oaks Day, James McDonald leads the Ron Hutchison Award for jockeys during Melbourne Cup Carnival with 13 points, while James Cummings leads the Bart Cummings Award for trainers on ten points.
The Myer Fashions on the Field Women’s Racewear competition culminated with Queensland winner Carle Rutledge reigning supreme, taking out the National Final. A plum Roksanda dress, yellow MNG shoes, self-made millinery, Mimco jewellery and a handbag from Bag Queen scored Carle the major prize, which included a brand new Lexus UX. Victorian winner Kelli Odell was runner up.
Rebecca Share won the prestigious invitation-only Millinery Award with a red sculptural headpiece.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival’s fashion and entertainment destination, The Park, saw ARIA Award winner Amy Shark hit the stage, as well Furnace and the Fundamentals and Thandi Phoenix.
The exclusive Birdcage was host to an array of celebrities including supermodel Megan Gale and racing royalty Kate Waterhouse at Lexus, Australian model Elyse Taylor at Mumm, fashion blogger Nadia Fairfax and model Montana Cox at Kennedy, and Chris Judd and Tom Hawkins at Tabcorp.
To coincide with ‘Ladies’ Day’, Racing Victoria (RV) commended women who have achieved sporting greatness at a special Celebrating Women in Sport event. The annual event, which was created to inspire women to follow their dreams and succeed in sport, profiled female changemakers in racing and other sports including AFLW, Commonwealth Games, Winter Olympics, basketball and athletics.
Hosted by Giaan Rooney, Commonwealth Games swimming gold medallist and popular media personality, the event included a number of inspiring female athletes and administrators from a range of sporting codes, including Criquette Head, the first female trainer to win G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Europe’s most prestigious race; Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup; and Amanda Elliott, the first female chairman of the VRC.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival concludes on Saturday with Seppelt Wines Stakes Day, the Carnival’s traditional family day featuring two Group 1s – the Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes and the VRC Sprint Classic, as well as Myer Fashions on the Field for children and families.
Entry to Seppelt Wines Stakes Day is free for children under 16 with an adult. Racegoers will be able to purchase tickets on arrival from 10.15am at the Hill Gate, Rose Arbour, Flemington train platform, Elms and Infield entrances. Tickets can also be pre-purchased from Flinders Street, Southern Cross, North Melbourne, Essendon, South Yarra, Werribee and Richmond train stations or racegoers can jump the queues and buy online from Ticketek on their mobiles.