The Melbourne Cup Carnival is coming! Place your bets…

September 17, 2012

Culture & Events, Melbourne, Sport

It’s the event they’ve all been waiting for.

Arguably the most electrifying week in the Australian calendar, the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place in the first week of November and is the hottest ticket in town. So, to help you join the stampede of thoroughbreds, fans and fillies this year, we have put together a easy guide to the event below…

Melbourne Cup Carnival

Melbourne Cup Carnival. Photo credit:

So, the Melbourne Cup Carnival  –  what exactly is it?

Australia’s biggest horse racing event, that’s what. Known as “the race that stops a nation”, the Melbourne Cup is the richest “two-mile” handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races.

Where and where?

The Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Flemington Racecourse, just six miles north-west from the CBD and runs from 3-9 Novmber 2012.

It lasts a whole week! Which day should I go?

Aah choices, choices. Any day will give you a taste of the glamour of the Melbourne Cup Carnival but the focal point of the week is always the first Tuesday of the month when the AUD $6.175 million Emirates Melbourne Cup race is run and the winner gallops off with the richest prize in Australian sport. Locals and racing aficionados also love the vibe of the opening day – Derby day.

What should I wear?

Glad you asked! Ladies, it’s time to break out your most fabulous frocks and elegant hats as away from the track the Melbourne Cup Carnival is a veritable fashion parade with prizes handed out to the best dressed man and woman over the week. Dress loud. Dress proud. Don’t miss ‘Crown Oaks day‘ also known as ‘ladies day’ when the fashion frenzy reaches its fascinator-topped peak.

Get your heart racing:

For more information and to book tickets visit

 The Emirates Melbourne Cup race commences at 3pm Melbourne time Tuesday 6 November 2012. 

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