Festivals

Melbourne is arguably regarded as Australia’s home to horse racing, and the city hosts two fantastic carnivals each year; the Autumn Racing Carnival and the Spring Racing Carnival. Spanning Melbourne’s highly regarded race courses, the carnivals are put on by the Victoria Racing Club at the Flemington Racecourse. The track also holds a large number of races throughout the year other than the carnivals, with various events drawing visitors to the racecourse. This website will help keep you up to date with the various happenings of the Flemington Racecourse assisting punters and racing enthusiasts in being entertained all year round.

Flemington Spring Racing Carnival

Held annually throughout October and November, the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is regarded as the premier horse racing meet in the world, and is made up of the Caulfield Carnival, the Geelong Carnival, the Moonee Valley Carnival the Sandown Carnival and of course the illustrious Flemington Carnival. The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival officially starts at Flemington a week after the AFL Grand Final, which ensures all eyes are on the horse racing, with the Flemington Racecourse traditionally drawing the most attention from fans and media.

The Flemington Spring Racing Carnival is home to the “the race that stops a nation”, the Melbourne Cup, which is recognized as one of, if not the most, highly regarded horse race in the world. With a total of $5.5 million in prize money, the Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap race in the world and has become one of the most popular races to watch with over 700 million people from around the world turning on their televisions to watch.

Flemington Spring Racing Carnival Racedays

During the highly regarded Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the Flemington Racecourse is host to four days of elite horse racing.

Victoria Derby Day: The first raceday of the carnival, held the week before the Melbourne Cup Day.

Melbourne Cup Day: Held on the first Tuesday in November, and is a public holiday in the state of Victoria.

Crown Oaks Day: Also known as Ladies Day, the Crown Oaks Day is held on the Thursday following the Melbourne Cup.

Emirates Stakes Day: Takes place on the following Saturday and is known as Family Day.

Flemington Spring Carnival Feature Races

During the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, some of the nation’s most elite races take place, with the Flemington Racecourse certainly in on the action.

Group 1 Races:

Coolmore Stud Stakes: 1200m – 3YO at Set Weights – $500,000

Crown Oaks: 2500m – 3YO Fillies at Set Weights – $1 million

Emirates Stakes: 1600m – Open Handicap – $1 million

Myer Classic: 1600m – 3YO + Fillies&Mares Weight-For-Age – $500,000

LKS Mackinnon Stakes: 2000m – Weight-For-Age – $1 million

Melbourne Cup: 3200m – Open Handicap – $6.2 million

VRC Sprint Classic: 1200m – Weight-For-Age – $1 million

Turnbull Stakes: 2000m – 4YO + Set Weights & Penalties – $500,000.

Victoria Derby: 2500m – 3YO + Set Weights – $1.5 million

Group 2 Races:

Edward Manifold Stakes: 1600m – 3YO Fillies at Set Weights – $220,000

Gilgai Stakes: 1200m – Set Weights & Penalties – $220,000.

Matriarch Stakes: 2000m – 4YO+ Mares Handicap – $300,000

Rose Of Kingston Stakes: 1400m – 4YO+ Mares at Set Weights & Penalties – $220,000

Salinger Stakes: 1200m – Open Handicap – $300,000

Wakeful Stakes: 2000m – Fillies at Set Weights & Penalties – $300,000

Group 3 Races:

Lexus Stakes: 2500m – Quality Handicap – $300,000

Maribyrnong Plate: 2500m – Set Weight & Penalties – $150,000

Chatham Stakes: 1400m – Open Handicap – $250,000

Carbine Club Stakes: 1600m – 3YO Set Weights & Penalties – $200,000

Queen Elizabeth Stakes: 2500m – Quality Handicap – $300,000

Flemington Autumn Racing Carnival

The Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival is another prestigious horse racing event belonging to the city, and kicks off on the first day of the New Year culminating in April – spanning a massive four months. The carnival covers the metropolitan elite racecourses, spanning the Flemington Carnival, the Caulfield Carnival and the Moonee Valley Carnival. Worth millions of dollars in prize money, the event draws in the nation’s most premier thoroughbred horses.

Flemington Autumn Racing Carnival’s Racedays

During the fantastic Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, the Flemington Racecourse is host to four fantastic days full of premier horse racing.

Standish Handicap Day: First day of the Carnival, held every year on New Year’s Day.

Lightning Stakes Day: Held in late January or early February, the Lightning Stakes Day holds the first Group 1 race of the year.

Super Saturday: Held in early March with three Group 1 races.

Blamey Stakes Day: Held in the second week of March and culminates the Flemington Autumn Racing Carnival.

Flemington Autumn Carnival Feature Races

During this great racedays a plethora of Group races attracts spectators to the Flemington Racecourse.

Group 1 Races:

Australia Cup: 2000m – Weight-For-Age – $1million

Australian Guineas: 1600m – 3YO at Set Weights – $755,000

Lightning Stakes: 1000m – Weight-For-Age – $500,000

Newmarket Handicap: 1200m – Open Handicap – $1million

Group 2 Races:

A.V. Kewney Stakes: 1600m – 3YO Fillies at Set Weights – $300,000

Blamey Stakes: 1600m – 3YO+ Set Weights & Penalties – $300,000

VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes: 1400m – 2YO at Set Weights – $300,000

Group 3 Races:

Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes: 1200 – 2YO Fillies at Set Weights & Penalties – $150,000

Frances Tressady Stakes: 1400m – 4YO+ Mares at Set Weights & Penalties – $150,000

Matron Stakes: 1600m – 4YO+ Mares at Set Weights & Penalties – $150,000

Standish Handicap: 1200m – Open Handicap – $200,000

C S Hayes Stakes: 1400m – 3YO Colts & Geldings at Set Weights & Penalties – $150,000

The Vanity: 1400m – 3YO Fillies at Set Weights & Penalties – $200,000