Upcoming Racing Events in Melbourne
With the Australian Spring Racing Carnival in full swing, some huge racing events are coming up over the next few weeks. Running from September through to November, the Spring Carnival boasts some of the highest class horse racing in the world, reaching a climax on the first of November with the Melbourne Cup, one of the most famous horse races in the world. In Australian sporting circles, the Melbourne Cup is the only thing that comes close to being as big as the AFL Grand Final and it is said that the country comes to a halt while the race is on. So what other big racing events do we have to look forward to in Melbourne over the coming weeks?
The AAMI Victoria Derby:
The Melbourne Cup Carnival kicks off on Saturday the 29th of October and offers a day packed full of races. The feature race of the day is the Group 1 AAMI Victorian Derby, a 2500 meter race which is considered one of Australia’s best events for three year olds. The Derby was founded six years before the Melbourne Cup, and should be a huge event as the race day falls on a Saturday this year.
The Emirates Melbourne Cup:
On the first Tuesday of November every year, is the Emirates Melbourne Cup, also known as ‘the race that halts the nation’. It is arguably the biggest day on Australia’s sporting calendar. With an incredible $6.2 million prize money, the two mile race attracts horses and riders from around the world. At race time, expect workplaces and schools across the country to come to a standstill as every eye is focused on the race, which for the first time ever, was won by a female jockey in 2015.
The Crown Oaks:
The Crown Oaks on the 3rd of November (a Thursday this season), is the traditional ‘ladies day at the races’. The biggest race of this event is the Group 1 Crown Oaks, which sees three year old fillies race over 2500 meters. The prize purse for this race is $1 million, which means that it attracts some high quality horses.
The Darley Classic:
On Saturday the 5th of November, head down to Flemington for the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, to experience a classic day of horse racing. The Darley Classic is a quick six furlong dash, which usually boasts a field of the world’s best sprinters.