Melbourne Cup Carnival

The 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival will feature the 157th running of the world’s richest 3200 metres handicap race, the time honoured Melbourne Cup, at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne on the first Tuesday in November.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington is a four-day extravaganza of thoroughbred racing action that attracts crowds of almost 400,000 people to the four scheduled race meetings.

2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival feature race days:

Other elite races held during the Melbourne spring racing carnival include the Caulfield Cup and WS Cox Plate. Both races take place on the two proceeding Saturdays leading into the commencement of the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Visit our 2017 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival page for more information and feature race dates for this year’s Flemington, Caulfield, Moonee Valley & Sandown racing carnivals.

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Race previews are courtesy of Australia’s number one feature race website Horse Racing Info.

2017 AAMI Victoria Derby Day – Saturday 4th November 2017

Derby Day kicks off proceedings on the first Saturday with a wonderful day of racing and widely considered to be the best day of thoroughbred racing anywhere in the world.

Derby day features 9 top quality group races, including four Group 1 events, highlighted by the AAMI Victoria Derby.

2017 AAMI Victoria Derby Day race program

# Time Purse Status Race Name Dist Race Type
1 11.45am $200,000 Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes 1600m 3yo Sw&P
2 12.20pm $300,000 Group 2 Wakeful Stakes 2000m 3yoF Sw&P
3 1.00pm $200,000 Group 3 Begonia Belle Stakes 1100m Mares SW+Pen
4 1.40pm 300,000 Group 3 The Lexus Stakes 2500m Qlty Hcp
5 2.25pm $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes 1200m 3yo Sw
6 3.05pm $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic 1600m F&M Wfa
7 3.50pm $1,500,000 Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby 2500m 3yo Sw
8 4.35pm $750,000 Group 1 Cantala Stakes 1600m Quality
9 5.20pm $300,000 Group 2 Linlithgow Stakes 1200m Hcp

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2017 Melbourne Cup day – Tuesday 7th November 2017

The following Tuesday is Melbourne Cup Day where more than 100,000 enthusiastic racing fans will flock to Flemington racecourse to enjoy a fabulous day of racing and festivities in preparation for the running of the Melbourne Cup at 3pm.

2017 Melbourne Cup Day race program

# Time Purse Status Race Name Dist Race Type
1 11.00am $150,000 Group 3 Ottawa Stakes 1000m 2yo F Sw
2 11.40am $120,000 Stakes Trophy 1700m Mares Hcp
3 12.15am $120,000 Stakes Lavazza Short Black 1400 0-90 Hcp
3 12.15am $120,000 Stakes Lavazza Short Black 1400 0-90 Hcp
4 12.50pm $120,000 Stakes House Charities Plate 2800m 0-96 Hcp
5 1.20pm $120,000 Stakes Schweppes Fling 2800m 3yo SW+P
6 2.00pm $150,000 Listed Lexus Hybrid Plate 1400m 3yo F Sw&P
7 3.00pm $6,000,000 Group 1 2017 Melbourne Cup 3200m Hcp
8 4.05pm $150,000 Listed James Boag’s Stakes 1800m Hcp
9 4.45pm $120,000 Stakes Mss Security Sprint 1200m Hcp
10 5.20pm $200,000 Group 3 2017 Melbourne Cup 1400m Hcp

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2017 Crown Oaks day – Thursday 9th November 2017

Crown Oaks day follows two days after the Melbourne Cup, on the Thursday, and is a wonderful day of racing known as ”Ladies Day’. Quality fashion and racing combine for a glamourous day of racing on Ladies Day, highlighted by the classic fillies race, the Crown Oaks.

2017 Crown Oaks Day race program

74.15pm$150,000ListedSeppelt Wine Stakes1800m3yo Hcp

# Time Purse Status Race Name Dist Race Type
1 12.15pm $120,000 Stakes Drinkwise Plate 1700m F&M 0-70 Hcp
2 12.15pm $120,000 Stakes Twitter Trophy 1700m 3yo F Hcp
3 1.35pm $120,000 Stakes Subzero Handicap 1400m Greys Hcp
4 2.15pm $200,000 Stakes Country Final 1600m BM90 Hcp
5 2.55pm $200,000 Group 3 Chatham Stakes 1400m Hcp
6 3.35pm $150,000 Listed Earl Grey Stakes 1000m SW+P
7 4.25pm $1,000,000 Group 1 2017 Crown Oaks 2500m 3yo F Sw
4 2.15pm $150,000 Group 3 Red Roses Stakes 1200m 3yo F Sw&P

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2017 Emirates Stakes Day – Saturday 11th November 2017

The final day the Flemington four day carnival is Emirates Stakes Day, or ‘Family Day’ as it has become known. A family atmosphere is the order of the day and the Emirates Stakes is the feature event of the meeting.

2017 Emirates Day race program

# Time Purse Status Race Name Dist Race Type
1 11.30am $151,500 Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate 1000 2yo Sw
2 12.00pm $101,500 Stakes Phar Lap Club Plate 1600 0-95 Hcp
3 12.35pm $101,500 Stakes Community Fund 2000 Hcp
4 1.20pm $151,500 Listed Hilton Stakes 1400 3yo Hcp
5 2.05pm $1,000,000 Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic 1200 WFA
6 2.55pm $1,000,000 Group 1 Emirates Stakes 1600 Quality Hcp
7 3.40pm $302,000 Group 2 Matriarch Stakes 2000 Mares Sw&P
8 4.25pm $251,500 Group 2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2500 Quality Hcp
9 5.10pm $101,500 Stakes Emirates Airline Handicap 1400 Hcp

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2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival crowds

A total of 318,854 people visited Flemington over the four days of the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

  1. 2016 Victoria Derby day crowd: 90,136
  2. 2016 Melbourne Cup day crowd: 97,479
  3. 2016 Crown Oaks day crowd: 60,888
  4. 2016 Emirates Stakes day crowd: 70,351

Almandin won the 2016 Melbourne Cup result for trainer Robert Hickmott and jockey Kerrin McEvoy. Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock’s international galloper Heartbreak City finished runner-up and John O’Shea’s Hartnell ran third.

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