|Class||Set Weights for three-year-old fillies|
The Kennedy Oaks is the feature race of Oaks Day, the third day of the Flemington Carnival. Referred to as "Ladies Day", there is a large focus on womens' fashion on Oaks Day, which traditionally takes place on the Thursday after the race that stops a nation.
However, it's the racing that most of us are interested in. The Oaks is the female equivalent of the Derby, that sees three-year-old fillies racing over a distance of 2,500 metres.
As these fillies would have never raced at a distance as far as this before, the Oaks can be a tricky betting race in determining who will stay the trip.
Having said that, it is a race where well-supported horses have dominated in the past decade. However, a favourite has not one for the past four editions, and in 2016, hundred-to-one shot Lasqueti Spirit caused one of the boilovers of the 21st century to win.
Like the Derby, the Oaks is a race with a long and prestigious history. It was first run in 1861- the same year as the first Melbourne Cup- and can boast the likes of Samantha Miss, Miss Finland, Research and Surround on its honour roll.
With hardly any time for jockeys to find a good spot before hitting the first turn out of the home straight, the Oaks is a race where barriers can play a significant role. However, in such a sapping test of stamina, it is really the superior stayer that wins out.
Last year's edition saw the Bott and Waterhouse-trained Pinot grind her way to victory by a comfortable margin.
This result was a shock with most punters, as the odds-on favourite Aloisia failed to find a place. This continued the recent trend of failures by the favourites in the Oaks.