Melbourne Cup How to

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 the 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 widely considered to be the best staying handicap in the world. Over 3200 metres, the Emirates Melbourne Cup offers the richest prize in Australian sport and a 18ct solid gold Hardy Brothers trophy valued at $175,000. With such significant international standing, the anticipation of history in the making creates the electric atmosphere that is 'the race that stops a nation'.™

As the jewel in the Melbourne Cup Carnival crown, this iconic day is a heady mix of revelry, spectacular racing and 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. 

Please see the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day race schedule to see the timing for the races throughout the day, including the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

What to wear: On Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, it is the time to be daring  as flamboyant fashion-forward racegoers flock to Flemington. The Myer Fashions on the Field competition continues at the east end of the Front Lawn. For more ideas about what to wear please see here
To learn more about the horses that will run in the Emirates Melbourne Cup, please see here.
At our VIP Racing Dinner, we will not be taking any bets and the betting stations will not be available to our guests. please make sure to place your bets before the event. Some examples of were to go include:
Typically very popluar around the Melbourne Cup are sweeps. A sweep is a lottery where entrants are allotted a horse running in the Melbourne Cup and prize winners are determined by the horse’s placing in the race. The winner or winners will win prizes based on their winning position. To find out more about sweeps, please see here.