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Melbourne Cup Carnival

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is the highlight of spring racing in Victoria and features four magnificent days of racing in early November at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne.

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) administers racing at Flemington and Melbourne Cup week is one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar each year in Australia. The jewel in the crown of the 2017 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is the time-honoured Melbourne Cup over 3200 metres on the first Tuesday in November.

AAMI Victoria Derby Day on Saturday 4th November 2017 is the first day of the four-day Flemington spring racing carnival. Highlight of the meeting is the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby for three-year-olds over 2500 metres.

The following Tuesday 7th November 2017 is Melbourne Cup Day, where the 'race that stops a nation' takes centre stage. Held in front of more than 100,000 racing fans at Flemington, the Group 1 Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap race in the world over two miles.

Two days later on Thursday 9th November 2017 is VRC Oaks Day, where the country's best three-year-old fillies gather for the Group 1 VRC Oaks over 2500 metres. Emirates Stakes Day is the final day of the four-day Flemington carnival on Saturday 11th November 2017 with the Group 1 Emirates Stakes over 2000 metres the feature race of the day.

2017 AAMI Victoria Derby Day Program

2017 AAMI Victoria Derby Day - Saturday 4th November 2017
Derby Day takes place on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day and is widely recognised as one of the greatest days of racing anywhere in the world. Derby Day features four Group 1 races, two Group 2 races and three Group 3 races on the card, including the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

# Time Purse Status Race Distance Race Type
1 11.45am $251,500 Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes 1600m 3yo SW+P
2 12.20pm $302,000 Gr2 Wakeful Stakes  2000m 3yoF SW+P
3 1.00pm $251,500 Gr3 Chatham Stakes  1400m Handicap
4 1.40pm $502,500 Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes  1200m 3yo SW
5 2.25pm $251,500 Gr3 The Lexus Stakes  2500m Quality
6 3.05pm $1,002,500 Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes  2000m WFA
7 3.50pm $1,510,000 Gr1 AAMI Victoria Derby  2500m 3yo SW
8 4.35pm $502,500 Gr1 Myer Classic  1600m F&M WFA
9 5.20pm $302,000 Gr2 Linlithgow Stakes  1200m Handicap

2017 Melbourne Cup Day Program

2017 Melbourne Cup Day - Tuesday 7th November 2017
Melbourne Cup Day, on the Tuesday, is the biggest day of the week long carnival at Flemington. It's the social event of the year in the city of Melbourne, with the highlight being the running of the Melbourne Cup at 3pm.

# Time Purse Status Race Distance Race Type
1 10.40am $151,500 Gr3 Ottawa Stakes 1000m  2yoF Sw
2 11.20am $101,500 Trophy 1700m Mares Hcp
3 10.00pm $101,500 JB Cummings Plate 2800m  0-96 Hcp
4 12.40pm $101,500   Lavazza Short Black 1400m  4&5yo 0-90
5 1.20pm $101,500 Schweppes 1000m  3yo SW+P
6 2.00pm $151,500 LR Lexus Hybrid Plate 1400m  3yoF SW+P
7 3.00pm $6,200,000 Gr1 2017 Melbourne Cup 3200m  Handicap
8 3.55pm $151,500 LR James Boag's Stakes 1800m  Handicap
9 4.35pm $101,500 Mss Security Sprint 1200m Handicap
10 5.15pm $201,500 Gr3 Maybe Mahal Stakes 1400m Mares SW+P

2017 Melbourne Cup Info

Melbourne Cup day is the feature event of the spring and more info can be found below, including Melbourne Cup History, Melbourne Cup free bets and Melbourne Cup betting.

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2017 VRC Oaks Day Program

2017 VRC Oaks Day - Thursday 11th November 2017
VRC Oaks Day celebrates a day of fashion for the females and is known as 'Ladies Day', with the main race of the day being the VRC Oaks for three-year-old fillies.

# Time Purse Status Race Distance Race Type
1 12.15pm $101,500 7News Plate 1700m  F&M 0-70 Hcp
2 12.55pm $101,500 Swisse Wellness Trophy 1800m 0-90 Hcp
3 1.35pm $151,500 Gr3 Red Roses Stakes 1100m 3yoF SW+P
4 2.15pm $101,500   Apia Celebrating Greys 1400m  Greys 0-90
5 2.55pm $201,500 Gr3 Begonia Belle Stakes 1100m Mares SW+P
6 3.35pm $151,500 LR TCL 4K UHD TV Stakes 1800m 3yo Hcp
7 4.15pm $151,500 LR Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes 1000m SW+P
8 5.00pm $1,005,000 Gr1 VRC Oaks 2500m 3yoF SW
9 5.45pm $101,500 Oaks Resorts Plate 1600m Handicap

2017 Emirates Stakes Day Program

2017 Emirates Stakes Day - Saturday 11th November 2017
Emirates Day is the final day of the carnival and the focus is on families, with the day known as 'Family Day'. The Emirates Stakes is the main event of the day.

# Time Purse Status Race Distance Race Type
1 12.20am $151,500 Gr3 Maribyrnong Plate 1000m 2yo SW
2 1.00pm $101,500 SecondBite Plate 2000m 0-90 Hcp
3 1.40pm $101,500 Antler Luggage Handicap 1600m 0-96 Hcp
4 2.20pm $151,500 LR Hilton Hotels Stakes 1400m 3yo Hcp
5 3.00pm $302,000 Gr2 Matriarch Stakes 2000m  Mares SW+P
6 3.40pm $1,002,500 Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic 1200m  WFA
7 4.20pm $1,005,000 Gr1 Emirates Stakes 1600m  Quality
8 5.05pm $251,500 Gr3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2600m Quality
9 5.40pm $101,500 Emirates Airline Handicap 1400m 4yo&up Hcp

2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival

A whopping 318,854 racing fans flocked to the four days of the 2016 Melbourne Cup carnival, with Cup day alone drawing 97,479 people to Flemington racecourse in Melbourne.

  • 2016 Victoria Derby day crowd: 90,136
  • 2016 Melbourne Cup day crowd: 97,479
  • 2016 VRC Oaks day crowd: 60,888
  • 2016 Emirates Stakes day crowd: 70,351

Almandin wins 2016 Melbourne Cup

The 2016 Melbourne Cup was won by Almandin, trained by Robert Hickmott and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy. In second place was the Tony Martin trained international stayer Heartbreak City, while John O'Shea's Hartnell ran third.

cup winner

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