spring racing carnival 2018 blog


The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is one of the biggest and best events on the sporting calendar! The Melbourne Cup Carnival – and indeed the Melbourne Cup itself – is without doubt the main focus of the Spring Racing Carnival, but the support cast is incredibly strong too. And that’s saying nothing of the food and wine, high-end fashion, entertainment and all around frivolities that make the carnival one of the most loved and well-attended sporting events in the country.

AAMI Victoria Derby Day: Saturday, Nov 3, 2018

Gates open 8:30am • First race 11:45am • Last race 5:20pm

Cup Week starts with a fusion of monochrome fashion, first-class racing and celebrations at AAMI Victoria Derby Day.

Regarded as one of the most prestigious days of racing of the spring, AAMI Victoria Derby Day features a card of nine Group races, four at the elite Group 1 level. The feature Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby, worth over AUD $2 million, is Australia’s premier staying classic for three year olds.

Off the track, the fashion stakes are equally impressive, thanks to the Myer Fashions on the Field competition for both men and women. Ladies embrace the traditional black and white palette, while men often choose to wear a grey morning suit and top hat, creating classic racing elegance in a larger than life world of glamour and sophistication.

Lexus Melbourne Cup: Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018

Gates open 8:30am • First race 10:50am • Last race 5:20pm

Australia’s greatest sporting and cultural icon, the A$7.3 million Lexus Melbourne Cup, is the feature of Cup Week, and a must-do sporting spectacle to witness live.

The excitement of being part of the front lawn and grandstands filled to the brim, the silent audience anticipating what will happen in the next three minutes, all waiting for their ‘I was at the Melbourne Cup when..’ moment.

While a racing event at its core, Cup Day transcends traditional sporting events with the combination of sport, fashion, celebrity and entertainment. With a reputation for fashion with a penchant for drama, it is the day to make your strongest fashion statement with an exotic or outrageous ensemble that matches the scale and splendor of the event.

There’s truly no other event like it.

Kennedy Oaks Day: Thursday, Nov 8, 2018

Gates open 10:15am • First race 12:15pm • Last race 5:45pm

The tradition of Kennedy Oaks Day is beauty, femininity, style and grace. It’s a day that the racegoer can embrace wonderment and escape the normal of a week day. The style is not just for the females, the men also take it up a notch, making it one of the best days of the year for men to dress up and explore fashion.

Kennedy Oaks Day’s significance on the fashion calendar is further reinforced with the crowning of the Myer Fashions on the Field Women’s Racewear national winner.

The racing highlight is the $1 million Group 1 Kennedy Oaks, which will see the best three-year-old fillies battle for victory in the ultimate test of their staying credentials.

Seppelt Wines Stakes Day: Saturday, Nov 10, 2018

Gates open 10:15am • First race 12:15pm • Last race 5:45pm

Friends, fun and the finale of Cup Week, Seppelt Wines Stakes Day is a day at Flemington not to be missed. It’s a celebration of the week that’s just been, filled with quality racing, fashion and entertainment. Let the hair and heels down a little as the pace off the track softens for a family friendly day out.

The pace on-track doesn’t slow though with two Group 1 races. The illustrious A$2 million Group 1 Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes is the ultimate weight-for-age test for middle distance horses at Australia’s premier track, while the $1 million Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic will see some of the world’s fastest horses fly up the famous Flemington straight.

It’s also a big day for fashion’s future trendsetters with Stakes Day Fashions on the Field focusing on children and family. With a fun, friendly atmosphere, an abundance of free activities for children, as well as great racing, Seppelt Wines Stakes Day is the perfect way to finish Cup Week.

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