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 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 3rd November 2018 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 6th November 2018 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 8th November 2018 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 10th November 2018 with the Group 1 Emirates Stakes over 2000 metres the feature race of the day.
2018 AAMI Victoria Derby Day - Saturday 3rd November 2018
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, highlighted by the Coolmore Stud Stakes.
|1||11.45am||$200,000||Gr3||Carbine Club Stakes||1600m||3yo SW+P|
|2||12.20pm||$300,000||Gr2||Wakeful Stakes||2000m||3yoF SW+P|
|3||1.00pm||$200,000||Gr3||Begonia Belle Stakes||1100m||Mares SW+P|
|4||1.40pm||$300,000||Gr3||The Lexus Stakes||2500m||Quality|
|5||2.25pm||$1,000,000||Gr1||Coolmore Stud Stakes||1200m||3yo SW|
|6||3.05pm||$500,000||Gr1||Myer Classic||1600m||F&M WFA|
|7||3.50pm||$1,500,000||Gr1||AAMI Victoria Derby||2500m||3yo SW|
2018 Melbourne Cup Day - Tuesday 6th November 2018
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 Melbourne Cup the highlight at 3pm.
|1||11.00am||$151,500||Gr3||Ottawa Stakes||1000m||2yoF Sw|
|2||11.40am||$120,000||tab.com.au Trophy||1700m||Mares Hcp|
|3||12.15pm||$120,000||Lavazza Short Black||1400m||4&5yo 0-90|
|4||12.50pm||$120,000||House Charities Plate||2800m||0-96 Hcp|
|5||1.20pm||$120,000||Schweppes Fling||1000m||3yo SW+P|
|6||2.00pm||$150,000||LR||Lexus Hybrid Plate||1400m||3yoF SW+P|
|7||3.00pm||$6,000,000||Gr1||2018 Melbourne Cup||3200m||Handicap|
|8||4.05pm||$150,000||LR||James Boag's Stakes||1800m||Handicap|
|9||4.45pm||$$120,000||Mss Security Sprint||1200m||Handicap|
|10||5.20pm||$200,000||Gr3||Maybe Mahal Stakes||1400m||Mares SW+P|
Melbourne Cup day is the feature event of the spring and more info can be found below, including Melbourne Cup History and Melbourne Cup betting.
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2018 VRC Oaks Day - Thursday 8th November 2018
VRC Oaks Day celebrates a day of fashion for the females and it's known as 'Ladies Day', with the main race of the day being the VRC Oaks for three-year-old fillies.
|1||12.15pm||$120,000||Drinkwise Plate||1700m||F&M 0-70 Hcp|
|2||12.55pm||$120,000||Twitter Trophy||1800m||0-90 Hcp|
|3||1.35pm||$120,000||Subzero Handicap||1400m||Greys 0-90|
|4||2.15pm||$200,000||Country Final||1600m||BM90 Hcp|
|6||3.35pm||$150,000||LR||Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes||1000m||SW+P|
|7||4.15pm||$150,000||LR||Seppelt Wine Stakes||1800m||3yo Hcp|
|8||5.00pm||$1,000,000||Gr1||VRC Oaks||2500m||3yoF SW|
|9||5.45pm||$200,000||Gr3||Red Roses Stakes||1100m||3yoF SW+P|
2018 Emirates Stakes Day - Saturday 10th November 2018
Emirates Day is the final day of the carnival and the focus is on families spending time together at the races, with the day known as 'Family Day'. The Emirates Stakes is the main event of the day.
|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|
|8||5.05pm||$251,500||Gr3||Queen Elizabeth Stakes||2600m||Quality|
|9||5.40pm||$101,500||Emirates Airline Handicap||1400m||4yo&up Hcp|
A whopping 310,608 racing fans flocked to the four days of the 2017 Melbourne Cup carnival, with Cup day alone drawing 90,536 people to Flemington racecourse in Melbourne.
The Joseph O'Brien trained Rekindling captured the 2017 Melbourne Cup courtesy of a quality Corey Brown ride. Runner-up was Aidan O'Brien stayer Johannes Vermeer, ridden by Ben Melham, with tough William Mullins galloper Max Dynamite third, piloted by Zac Purton.
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