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Melbourne comes alive throughout the Spring Racing Carnival and it’s the perfect time to visit Melbourne and make the most of all the events that are on, not only at the track, but in and around the city.
The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival celebrations kick off with the Sofitel Girls’ Day Out, and include the illustrious Melbourne Cup Carnival which features four different race days over one week from Oaks Day to Stakes Day. The jewel in the crown of the Carnival season is the Melbourne Cup which offers the richest prize in Australian sport.
AAMI Victoria Derby Day
Saturday 3 November
The start of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Derby Day, is considered by many to be the best single day of racing in Australia. Traditionally, black and white is the colour scheme for women and the official flower for the day is cornflower.
Lexus Melbourne Cup Day
Tuesday 6 November
Affectionately known as ‘the race that stops the nation’ Melbourne Cup Day is an important event on the Melbourne racing, sporting and social calendar. In terms of dress, flamboyant is the order of the day and racegoers save their most outrageous outfits for Melbourne Cup Day – hats are a must, as is a yellow rose for the lapel.
Kennedy Oaks Day
Thursday 8 November
Known as ‘ladies day’ Oaks Day is the perfect opportunity for groups of women to come together and show off their feminine style. In terms of outfits, try light floaty fabrics and floral designs with an emphasis on femininity, and of course a pink rose, the official flower of Oaks Day.
Seppelt Wines Stakes Day
Saturday 10 November
Concluding the Melbourne Cup Carnival is Stakes Day, a family orientated day perfect for young fashionista’s to experience the atmosphere of the carnival and admission is free for children. The Stakes Day flower is the Red Rose.
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