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Melbourne Cup Carnival day – Victoria Derby day, Crown Oaks day

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You need to know more about Melbourne Cup Carnival, what is Victoria Derby day, Melbourne Cup day, what is Crown Oaks day, why is the Melbourne Cup celebrated and more.

Melbourne Cup Carnival

Spring Racing Carnival comprises of races by metropolitan clubs. Group 1 races, Geelong and Bendigo take place during Spring Racing Carnival. It begins on Group one Turnbull stakes Day held at Flemington occurring a week after AFL Grand Final. It ends on Sandown Carnival’s final day.

Melbourne Cup Carnival hosts 4 meetings and attract highest attention level from wider community and media. To start with, Victoria Derby which occurs on Saturday before Melbourne Cup, is a 3-year-olds race with set weights. It marks the biggest day of racing and there are other races on the same day. Secondly, Melbourne Cup occurs on 1st Tuesday of November. It is held on a public holiday and not only draw the attention of everyone in Australia but internationally.

VRC Oaks occurs on Thursday after the Cup. The race is for 3-year-old fillies and is traditionally called “Ladies’ day”. Lastly, VRC Stakes day occurs on Saturday after the Oaks. It is traditionally called “family day”.

Victoria Racing Club

VRC was established in 1864 after Victoria Jockey Club and Victoria Turf Club were disbanded. Melbourne Cup is dubbed as “the race that stops a nation”, a legacy passed from Victoria Turf Club. VRC was responsible for thoroughbred racing conduct in Victoria between 1864 and 2001 after which Racing Victoria Limited took over. The management of Victoria Racing Club is under unpaid committee, appointed by club members.

Victorian Government allocated 352 acres of Crown Land to VRC, as trustees in 1871, now the Flemington Racecourse. VRC hosts 4 races during Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival: Melbourne Cup, Victoria Derby, LKS MacKinnon Stakes, and VRC Oaks. In Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, they host Group one races for Newmarket Handicap, Australian Cup and Black Caviar Lightning.

Victoria Derby

Victoria Derby is also called AAMI Victoria Derby. It is Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race for VRC. It is held at Flemington Racecourse using set weights for 3-year olds, over 2,500 metres distance. This annual even held on 1st day of Melbourne Cup Carnival has prize money of A$1,500,000 plus $10,000 trophy.

Initial distance was 1.5 miles but was changed to 2,400 metres in 1972, then 2,500 metres in 1973. It started in 1855 and has been won twice by the same horse only once in history, in 1967 and 1968. Only 3 maiden horses have won Victoria Derby. Clare Lindop was first female jokey in Victoria Derby in 2005. She won in 2008.

Kennedy Oaks

It is registered as VRC Oaks and is Group 1 VRC thoroughbred horse race held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. It is held using set weights conditions for 3-year old fillies for more than 2,500 metres on 3rd day of VRC Spring Carnival. A$1,000,000 is the total prize money for Kennedy Oaks.

Kennedy Oaks is popularly known as Oaks or Ladies day and the racing has been extraordinary phenomenon. Although it is held on working day, there are over 70,000 attendees each year. it boasts fastest growing number of attending punters in the Carnival. There are 2 key events during the race: Fashions on the Field and Ladies day. They were started to woo more ladies to track.

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