Melbourne Cup Carnival

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is the highlight of the Australian racing year and takes place in November each year at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne.

This year’s week-long carnival features the 158th running of the world’s richest 3200m handicap race, the Melbourne Cup, on the first Tuesday in November.

Over 400,000 racing fans typically flock to Flemington over the four race days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Witnessing exciting thoroughbred racing action combined with outstanding fashions, it’s a feast for punters and the well dressed brigade.

There’s also an extravaganza of culinary delights for the food and wine lovers in addition to the great racing on the day.

There’s something for everyone during Melbourne Cup Week!

Melbourne Cup Carnival feature race days:

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

Visit our Melbourne spring racing carnival page to find feature race dates for this year’s Flemington, Caulfield, Moonee Valley & Sandown racing carnivals.

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2018 Victoria Derby Day – Saturday 3rd November 2018

Derby Day kicks off proceedings on the first Saturday with a wonderful day of feature race action. It’s widely considered by racing purists to be the best day of thoroughbred racing anywhere in the world.

Victoria Derby Day features a host of top quality group races, including four Group 1 events. The highlight of the opening day is the Victoria Derby (2500m) for three year olds.

2018 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 $2,000,000 Group 1 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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2018 Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday 6th November 2018

Three days after Derby Day h is is Melbourne Cup Day,  on the first Tuesday in November. Racegoers feast on a fabulous day of racing and festivities with the Melbourne Cup itself set to run at 3pm in the afternoon.

2018 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 $7,300,000 Group 1 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 Maybe Mahal Stakes 1400m Hcp

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2018 VRC Oaks day – Thursday 8th November 2018

VRC 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 glamorous day of racing, highlighted by the classic fillies race, the Victoria Oaks.

2018 Crown Oaks Day race program

# 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 4.15pm $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

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2018 Emirates Stakes Day – Saturday 10th November 2018

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.

2018 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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Corey Brown rode Rekindling to win the 2017 Melbourne Cup from Johannes Vermeer, ridden by Ben Melham. Max Dynamite, piloted by Zac Burton, ran third.

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