2017 Kennedy Oaks Day Wrap Up

Spring sunshine, red roses and magnificent mare’s… Racegoers were in for a perfect day at Flemington this Ladies Day. The spring racing fashion stakes reached their peak on Kennedy Oaks Day, as the enclosure flooded with a sea of suave suits and feminine silhouettes.

The Home Straight Enclosure ‘Beauty Bar’ was in full swing, as guests were treated to make up refreshes from Elite Makeup Academy with Paintbox Cosmetics. Styles on the Straight Sponsors, Jurlique, spoiled patrons with hand treatments and specialty ‘rose moments‘.

Pretty pastels and bold pinks and reds, ruled the runway as we headed into Day 3 of Styles on the Straight.

First place in the Womenswear category was earned by Narelle McCoach, wearing a gorgeous Jayson Brunsdon maxi, with a matching floral fascinator – self-made! Runner up, Ada Solly, wowed judges in a hot pink Saylor and Saige showstopper, paired with headwear by Nomad Hatter. Valerie Sellers stole third place, wearing a beautifully classic ensemble by Christine Waring.

Onto the Menswear category, Chris Bray took out first place, wearing a blue Goodwin Charli suit, paired with bright orange accessories. Scott Giroux was named runner up, followed by Jamie Atkinson dressed in a traditional Gordon Tartan kilt.

Styles on the Straight Winners
Styles on the Straight Winners

The $1 Million Kennedy Oaks was claimed by Pinot, a “dead set star” in the eyes of her rider Stephen Baster. Reflecting after his win, Baster said that after the shaky start “we got an easy half mile and when they came, I knew we still had some gears left”. Gai Waterhouse, affectionately known as the First Lady of Australian Racing, claimed her first Kennedy Oaks win alongside co-trainer Adrian Bott, saying “I love the way Steve took his time. The further she went the bigger the margin. She’s everything a trainer could dream about”.

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