Melbourne simply comes to a stop whenever the Melbourne Cup is held and while many across the world might assume that it the occasion is for just a day, it actually goes on for a number of days due to the carnival and the Melbourne Cup Program.
This carnival starts before the Melbourne Cup in October and ends on Stakes day, this spans across October and November, depending on where the first Tuesday of the month falls in November.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival are four days of horse racing heaven as the whole city spends carnival week in celebration mood as everyone tries to beat out the bookmakers.
Melbourne Cup 2017 Program
Flemington racecourse is where all of the action for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival takes place with the first day of this action commencing on Derby Day. The AAMI Victoria Derby Day hosts 9 races with the standout being the Victorian Derby that kicks off at 11.45am.
Then fans have to wait just two more days until the start of the Melbourne Cup program. This is the biggest day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and is when the world famous Melbourne Cup The race that stops a nation takes place with only the best thoroughbreds from around the world taking part.
After the Melbourne Cup there’s then another two-day break before the third day of racing action with the famous Crown Oaks Day. A favourite among women for reasons of high fashion and female horse racing, Crown Oaks Day always provides lasting memories and is known as “Ladies Day”.
The final day of action takes place with Emirates Stakes Day and it brings to an end the racing action for another year at the carnival.
Whether you take in just a single day or the whole Melbourne Cup Program, you’re going to have an absolute ball, awesome days of racing and a real carnival atmosphere.
2017 Victoria Derby Day – 29th October
The prelude to the Melbourne Cup Carnival could really not be any better than what is provided by Victoria Derby Day. There are nine races in total with four of them being Group 1, two being Group 2 and the remaining three being Group 3. Of course though, the main race of the day is the highly exciting Victoria Derby.
|1.)||11.45am||$200,000||Group 3||Carbine Club Stakes||1,600m||3yo SW+P|
|2.)||12.20pm||$300,000||Group 2||G.H.Mumm Wakeful Stakes||2,000m||3yoF SW+P|
|3.)||1.00pm||$200,000||Group 3||Skip Sprint||1,100m||Handicap|
|4.)||1.40pm||$300,000||Group 3||Lexus Stakes||2,500m||3yo SW|
|5.)||2.25pm||$1,000,000||Group 1||Coolmore Stud Stakes||1,200m||3yo SW|
|6.)||3.05pm||$500,000||Group 1||Myer Classic||1,600m||WFA|
|7.)||3.50pm||$1,500,000||Group 1||AAMI Victoria Derby||2,500m||3yo SW|
|8.)||4.35pm||$1,000,000||Group 1||Kennedy Mile||1,600m||F&M|
|9.)||5.20pm||$300,000||Group 2||TAB Multiplier Stakes||1,200m||Handicap|
|1.)||11.45am||$251,500||Group 3||Carbine Club Stakes||1,600m||3yo SW+P|
|2.)||12.20pm||$302,000||Group 2||Wakeful Stakes||2,000m||3yoF SW+P|
|3.)||1.00pm||$251,500||Group 3||Chatham Stakes||1,400m||Handicap|
|4.)||1.40pm||$502,500||Group 1||Coolmore Stud Stakes||1,200m||3yo SW|
|5.)||2.25pm||$251,500||Group 3||The Lexus Stakes||2,500m||Quality|
|6.)||3.05pm||$1,002,500||Group 1||Mackinnon Stakes||2,000m||WFA|
|7.)||3.50pm||$1,510,000||Group 1||AAMI Victoria Derby||2,500m||3yo SW|
|8.)||4.35pm||$502,500||Group 1||Myer Classic||1,600m||F&M WFA|
|9.)||5.20pm||$302,000||Group 2||Salinger Stakes||1,200m||Handicap|
2016 Melbourne Cup Day – 1st November
There is no bigger race day on the Australian calendar and perhaps even in the world than the Melbourne Cup Day. With a total of ten high class events to see and some of the best horses the whole planet has to offer, the day has become more than about just racing and is also a hugely popular social event as well.
3pm is the time that the big ones starts but each of the other races on the Melbourne Cup 2016 program should not be missed.
|1.)||10.40am||$151,500||Group 3||Ottawa Stakes||1,000m||2yoF Sw|
|2.)||11.20am||$101,500||tab.com.au Trophy||1,700m||Mares Hcp|
|3.)||10.00pm||$101,500||JB Cummings Plate||2,800m||0-96 Hcp|
|4.)||12.40pm||$101,500||Lavazza Short Black||1,400m||4&5yo 0-90|
|6.)||2.00pm||$151,500||LR||Lexus Hybrid Plate||1,400m||3yoF SW+P|
|7.)||3.00pm||$6,200,000||Group 1||2016 Melbourne Cup||3,200m||Handicap|
|8.)||3.55pm||$151,500||LR||James Boag’s Stakes||1,800m||Handicap|
|9.)||4.35pm||$101,500||Mss Security Sprint||1,200m||Handicap|
|10.)||5.15pm||$201,500||Group 3||Maybe Mahal Stakes||1,400m||Mares SW+P|
2016 Crown Oaks Day – 3rd of November
Next on the Melbourne Cup 2016 program is that of Crown Oaks Day which is about the women both in human form and in horse form too. The ladies get to wear fashionable clothes on ‘Ladies Day’ whereas the female horses get to showcase their athleticism.
|1.)||12.15pm||$101,500||7News Plate||1,700m||F&M 0-70 Hcp|
|2.)||12.55pm||$101,500||Swisse Wellness Trophy||1,800m||0-90 Hcp|
|3.)||1.35pm||$151,500||Group 3||Red Roses Stakes||1,100m||3yoF SW+P|
|4.)||2.15pm||$101,500||Apia Celebrating Greys||1,400m||Greys 0-90|
|5.)||2.55pm||$201,500||Group 3||Begonia Belle Stakes||1,100m||Mares SW+P|
|6.)||3.35pm||$151,500||LR||TCL 4K UHD TV Stakes||1,800m||3yo Hcp|
|7.)||4.15pm||$151,500||LR||Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes||1,000m||SW+P|
|8.)||5.00pm||$1,005,000||Group 1||Crown Oaks||2,500m||3yoF SW|
|9.)||5.45pm||$101,500||Oaks Resorts Plate||1,600m||Handicap|
2016 Emirates Stakes Day – 5th of November
While Crown Oaks Day is known as Ladies Day, Emirates Stakes Day is known as Family Day. The whole day is featured on spending time with the family and there are also a host of top class races to witness as well
|1.)||12.20am||$151,500||Group 3||Maribyrnong Plate||1,000m||2yo SW|
|2.)||1.00pm||$101,500||SecondBite Plate||2,000m||0-90 Hcp|
|3.)||1.40pm||$101,500||Antler Luggage Handicap||1,600m||0-96 Hcp|
|4.)||2.20pm||$151,500||LR||Hilton Hotels Stakes||1,400m||3yo Hcp|
|5.)||3.00pm||$302,000||Group 2||Matriarch Stakes||2,000m||Mares SW+P|
|6.)||3.40pm||$1,002,500||Group 1||VRC Sprint Classic||1,200m||WFA|
|7.)||4.20pm||$1,005,000||Group 1||Emirates Stakes||1,600m||Quality|
|8.)||5.05pm||$251,500||Group 3||Queen Elizabeth Stakes||2,600m||Quality|
|9.)||5.40pm||$101,500||Emirates Airline Handicap||1,400m||4yo&up Hcp|