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5 Things not to miss on Kennedy Oaks Day

Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 9 November 2017 is traditionally known as Ladies Day (although thousands of men RSVP too) This is a day filled with fashion, bubbles, world-class racing and spell-binding entertainment. To get you in the mood (or to convince you that you need to be there!), we’ve put together our top 5 unmissable moments of 2017’s Kennedy Oaks Day.

The Racing

The main race of this exciting and fun-filled day is the Group 1 Kennedy Oaks, a classic for three-year-old fillies over 2500m, with AU$1 million in prize money and a coveted winner’s trophy.  As this is known as the most ladylike of Cup Week’s racedays, it’s only fitting that even the horses come out in style.  One of the races, the Off the Track Subzero Handicap, is run by just grey horses which looks spectacular.

The Bands

The line-up for the ladies and gentlemen attending Kennedy Oaks Day features the indie-pop tunes of San Cisco, sets from The Preatures, and the cranking beats of the Bag Raider DJ’s. If you’re looking for a bit of a boogie in between races, this must-watch day of Australian music is perfect for you.

The Bands

The Cosmo Glam Pitt

Is there anything better than getting all glammed up and hitting the races with your besties? Turns out yes, there is… Getting all glammed up, hitting the races, hanging with Team Cosmo and going home with a bunch of freebies at this year’s Cosmo Glam Pitt, located in The Park precinct. The Glam Squad will be there on Kennedy Oaks Day (as well as AAMI Victoria Derby and Emirates Melbourne Cup Days) to keep you looking flawless. They’ll do your nails, make-up and more. Whatever you need, the Cosmo Team is there to make sure you look amazing.

Cosmo Glam Pit

The Fashion

Pastels and florals are the order of the day – anything feminine and lady-like is sure to be a winner in the outfit stakes. The National Winner of Myer Fashions on the Field is announced on Kennedy Oaks Day, and there’s fabulous fashion everywhere you look. 


The Food

Fans of fine food have reason to rejoice this Melbourne Cup Carnival, with a selection of leading food institutions popping up in the General Admission The Park precinct. From donuts to ice-cream to mouth-watering burgers, racegoers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to refuelling between races. The assortment of gastronomic pop-ups includes Dexter, 8bit, Rice Paper Scissors, Hector’s Deli and 400 Gradi.

food in the park

Have we convinced you yet? The ultimate experience for lovers of world-class racing, glamour and fashion, the Kennedy Oaks Day celebrations bring out the very best of everything you love about the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Add a little bit of fun and flirting and it’s probably the best Thursday you’ll experience all year (way more fun than staying in the office).

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