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Emirates Melbourne Cup Day

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Flemington Racecourse


'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.

The races

Name Race value Group level Type Distance
Carnival Celebration Stakes $151,500 Gr. 3 2YO Fillies SW (N/C) 1000m
TAB Rewards Trophy $101,500   Mares Hcp (N/C) 1700m
Carnival Handicap $101,500   Rating 0-96 Hcp (N/C) 2800m
Plate $101,500   4&5YO Rtg 0-90 Hcp (No Greys) 1400m
Schweppes #flemingtonfling $101,500   3YO SW&P (N/C) 1000m
Lexus Hybrid Plate $151,500 LR 3YO Fillies SW&P (N/C) 1400m
Emirates Melbourne Cup $6,200,000 Gr. 1 Hcp (N/C) 3200m
James Boag's Premium Stakes $151,500 LR Hcp (N/C) 1800m
MSS Security Sprint $151,500 LR Hcp (N/C) 1200m
Lavazza Short Black $201,500 Gr. 3 Mares SW&P (N/C) 1400m

On release, details for nomination, handicap weights and acceptances can be found below. 

The races

Tickets & pricing

General AdmissionReserved Grandstand Seating and The Precinct tickets for 2014 Melbourne Cup Carnival are on sale via Ticketek.

Tickets are also available from Ticketek by phoning 13 28 49 or by visiting any Ticketek Agency. Ticketek Mobile Ticket and ezyTicket is also available for your convenience.

Stay tuned for launch dates of the Melbourne Cup Carnival ticket booth at Federation Square (Melbourne CBD) and availability of General Admission tickets from Flinders Street, Southern Cross and North Melbourne train stations.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is a fully ticketed event. All tickets must be pre-purchased before your arrival at Flemington. 

>> Visit Ticketek's website or our Melbourne Cup Carnival website for more information. 

VRC Members prices for 2014 Melbourne Cup Carnival are available on VRC website. If you require any further information, phone Customer Service on 1300 727 575.

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    Getting to Flemington

    • Special trains will run direct to Flemington racecourse during the 2013 Melbourne Cup Carnival. Details will be updated once released by Metro Trains.
    • Plan your journey with the Public Transport Victoria's Journey Planner

    You can also take the Craigieburn line to Newmarket Station and then it is a short 10 minute walk to Flemington or jump on the 57 tram. 

    The 57 tram from Elizabeth Street in Melbourne CBD also travels to Flemington (20-35 minute journey, depending on traffic). Check Yarra Trams website or Public Transport Victoria's website for timetables. 

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