'The race that stops a nation™'
Emirates Melbourne Cup Day sits at the pinnacle of the Australian racing calendar and is the focal point of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. There's nothing like being there amongst the 100,000 plus crowd to experience this unique event!
It’s an exhilarating day that puts Australia firmly in the international sporting spotlight. Trainers from around the world set their sights on the Emirates Melbourne Cup, a race that is widely considered to be the best staying handicap in the world. With such significant international standing, the anticipation of history in the making creates the electric atmosphere that is simply 'the race that stops a nation™'.
Each year at 3pm on the first Tuesday of November, the greatest thoroughbreds from around the world descend upon Flemington to battle it out for a chance at the $6.2 million in prize money and to cement their names into history. Over 3200 metres, every competitor races towards the richest prize in Australian sport and the 18ct solid gold Hardy Brothers trophy valued at $175,000.
On Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, it is the time to be daring – as flamboyant fashion forward racegoers flock to Flemington. It is the day to make your strongest fashion statement with an exotic or outrageous ensemble. The Myer Fashions on the Field competition continues at the east end of the front lawn.
As the jewel in the Melbourne Cup Carnival crown, this iconic day is a heady mix of revelry embraced by local and international visitors set to enjoy spectacular racing, fashion and exquisite hospitality and entertainment, making it an unmissable sporting and cultural event.
The official flower for Emirates Melbourne Cup Day is the yellow rose and can be purchased from flower sellers near the entrances, upon arrival to Flemington.
On release, details for nomination, handicap weights and acceptances can be found below.