Giddy up, it’s time for the Melbourne Cup

Spring is here, which means one of the country’s biggest events is back in Melbourne, showcasing the best in horse racing and the latest in fashion.

The tradition of the Melbourne Cup dates back to 1861, when the race attracted some 4,000 punters to Flemington Racecourse. Melbourne Cup day has evolved since then and now draws crowds of more than 100,000 trackside each year. As well as the coveted Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, the Melbourne Cup Carnival [4–11 November] incorporates three other key days — AAMI Victoria Derby Day, VRC Oaks Day and Emirates Stakes Day — each with a unique set of races and fashion themes.  Are you ready for your spring racing experience? Read on to discover all the reasons to make a getaway out of your trip to the city for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

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Date Saturday 4 November  |  Flower Blue cornflower

Of the nine races held on prestigious Derby Day, four are Group One events, the highest level of thoroughbred racing in the country. For this reason, many argue it’s the best day to attend if you’re a serious horse-racing fan. The dress code is classic black and white, but that doesn’t stop the fashionistas from coming up with inventive ways to stand out.

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Date Tuesday 7 November  |  Flower Yellow rose

It really is the race that stops the nation. No matter where you are in our great city, it is overcome with silent anticipation, as everyone waits to see who becomes the next legend of horse racing. Bringing together the world’s most competitive thoroughbreds aged three years and over, it’s the hallmark event of the carnival. 

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Date Thursday 9 November  |  Flower Pink rose

There’s competition both on and off the field on Oaks Day, traditionally known as Ladies Day, with Fashions on the Field attracting style-setters from far and wide. From florals to lace, bright colours to pastels, the assortment of outfits and headwear you’ll see at Oaks is sure to wow and inspire. The drawcard event of the day sees Group One fillies race over 2,500 metres.

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Date Saturday 11 November  |  Flower Red rose

It’s family day at Flemington and the perfect chance to include the kids in the racing fun. As well as the excitement of what’s happening on the track, there are family-friendly activities to take part in off the track too. Stakes Day Fashions on the Field is a highlight for many, giving the little ones the chance to show off their style. It’s a more relaxed day of racing, ideal for first-time race goers.

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