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2014 Super Saturday at Flemington racecourse (13005867764)  | ©Chris Phutully/WikimediaCommons
2014 Super Saturday at Flemington racecourse (13005867764) | ©Chris Phutully/WikimediaCommons
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Gear Up For Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival 2016

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Updated: 16 September 2016
Be there as world-class racers, fashions on the field and races steeped in tradition gallop into Flemington Racecourse during the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival. From the race that stops the nation, to a day for the ladies and one reserved for families, the Spring Racing Carnival is a historic Melbourne festival where champions are made; fortunes won and records rewritten. This is your ultimate guide to the Spring Racing Carnival 2016.

Yellowglen Turnbull Stakes Day

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Often viewed as a guide for predicting the Emirates Melbourne Cup winner, the Yellowglen Turnbull Stakes Day includes the first feature 2000 race of spring worth $502,500. The Yellowglen Turnbull Stakes Day boasts a total prize pool of $1.88 million divided between the feature 2000 race, the Blazer Stakes, TAB Edward Manifold Stakes and Gilgai Stakes, which are all Group 2 level races. Spectators are required to attend in race wear.

Amounis 1930 VATC Futurity Stakes Jockey Harold Jones Trainer Frank McGrath © Les Haigh/WikimediaCommons
Amounis 1930 VATC Futurity Stakes Jockey Harold Jones Trainer Frank McGrath | © Les Haigh/WikimediaCommons

AAMI Victoria Derby Day

Saturday, October 29, 2016

It’s time to go monochrome for one of the most prestigious days on Australia’s racing calendar. AAMI Victoria Derby Day features nine Group races including four elite Group 1 level races. However, the main event of the day is the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby for three-year-olds, worth $1.5 million which has been won by racing legends including Poseidon, Tulloch, Mahogany, Efficient, and the greatest of them all Phar Lap. MYER’s Fashions on the Field will see Flemington turn black and white as ladies and gentlemen opt for elegance, wearing top hats and fascinators within the colour scheme.

Emirates Melbourne Cup Day

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Race That Stops a Nation is the ‘richest two-mile handicap’ thoroughbred horse race in the world. Horses three years old and over run at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November at the Flemington Race Course and since 1877 the day has been a public holiday. The crowd swells to 100,000 people, including celebrities and racing royalty, with millions more gathered around their BBQs and TV sets for the events. The winner of the 3200 meter race receives an 18 carat gold trophy and $3.6 million, with the total race stake valued at $6.2 million. Emirates Melbourne Cup Day is also an opportunity to make bold and sophisticated fashion statements, sporting formal attire, fascinators and hats in an effort to win Fashions on the Field.

Protectionist before the 2014 Melbourne Cup © Chris Phutully/WikimediaCommons
Protectionist before the 2014 Melbourne Cup | © Chris Phutully/WikimediaCommons

Crown Oaks Day

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Known as ‘ladies’ day,’ Crown Oaks Day sees women gather in their most striking, feminine ensembles for an indulgent day of racing, food and fine wine. Crown Oaks Day boasts several races; however, the highlight of the day is the 2500 meter Group 1 Crown Oaks for three-year-old fillies worth $1 million. The second special event of the day is the crowning of the Myer Fashions on the Field Women’s Racewear national winner.

The Final Three - 2013 Myer Fashions on the Field (10705855674) © Chris Phutully/WikimediaCommoms
The Final Three – 2013 Myer Fashions on the Field (10705855674) | © Chris Phutully/WikimediaCommoms

Emirates Stakes Day

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Melbourne Cup Carnival comes to a close with the family-friendly Emirates Stakes Day. Children and parents alike will enjoy the 1000 meter Group 3 level dash, 2600 meter Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and the Group 1 Darley Classic which has been won twice by Black Caviar. The final day on the Melbourne spring racing calendar will include fun for the whole family with live entertainment and free activities, as well as the Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field for racing’s youngest style generation. Emirates Stakes Day will conclude with the $2 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes, formerly known as the Mackinnon, ensuring that the Melbourne Cup Carnival concludes in the most memorable way.

2014 Super Saturday at Flemington racecourse (13005867764) © Chris Phutully/WikimediaCommons
2014 Super Saturday at Flemington racecourse (13005867764) | ©Chris Phutully/WikimediaCommons
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Getting There

Special express trains will run on race days from Southern Cross Station, platform 8, stopping at North Melbourne Station before continuing directly to Flemington. If you’re planning on catching a tram, wait at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street for the No. 57 West Maribyrnong tram, and hop off at Flemington Drive, stop 30. Bus routes 472 and 404 will also take you to Flemington. Public transport is recommended as there is limited public parking available.

Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington, Victoria, Australia, +61