Kennedy recently celebrated a successful Birdcage debut at Flemington with Maison Kennedy.

Inspiration for the marquee was taken from boutique French hotel lobbies from around Paris, with draping velvet curtains, a cozy terrace and plush furniture where guests enjoyed exquisite hospitality.  

A classic French menu was created by iconic Melbourne restaurateur Bistro Thierry, a dapper bell boy was on hand to greet guests upon arrival and exotic dancers entertained guests with burlesque performances and live snake charming.

A number of special guests also enjoyed the hospitality at Maison Kennedy. Kicking off the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Derby Day, Melissa George enchanted guests with her elegance, while on Melbourne Cup Day talented Australian actress Jessica McNamee mingled with guests.


On Kennedy Oaks Day, the wife of the late King of Rock, Priscilla Presley created a media frenzy as she was welcome to the marquee.

Supermodel Robyn Lawley and Olympic swimmer James Roberts were the official Kennedy Spring Racing Ambassadors, joining the festivities throughout the week.  


Also in its first year was the Group One Kennedy Oaks, which was taken out by three-year-old filly Pinot. Kennedy Executive Chairman, James Kennedy, and Principal Creative Advisor Jaimee Belle presented the Kennedy Trophy to the winning team including racing royalty trainer Gai Waterhouse and star jockey Stephen Baster, making for a true moment in time.

Published 16 November 2017