The Spring Racing Carnival is a three month-long world class festival showcasing thoroughbred racing, fashion and entertainment at its finest. From Camperdown to Caulfield, and from Manangatang to Moonee Valley, visitors will find plenty of horse racing excitement, fabulous fashion and social events at both Victorian city and country tracks. The highlight of the carnival is the Melbourne Cup, held every year on the first Tuesday in November. Known as the ‘race that stops a nation’, Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday in Victoria. It is celebrated with luncheons and social events in workplaces and venues around the country.
From mid-September to mid-November Victoria is gripped by racing fever combining elite racing, fashion, fun and excitement. From Camperdown to Caulfield, and from Manangatang to Moonee Valley, The Spring Racing Carnival showcases all that is great about Victoria with meetings staged in both the capital city of Melbourne and at picturesque country racecourses across Victoria.
The highlight of the carnival is the Melbourne Cup, known as ‘the race that stops a nation’. However, the Spring Racing Carnival is more than just the Melbourne Cup. It includes a number of high profile lead up races including the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate.
First run in 1879, the Caulfield Cup is the world's richest 2400 metre handicap. It is the first of the big three spring races: the Caulfield Cup; Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup.
First run in 1922, the Cox Plate is Australia's premier weight for age race. It is the second of the ‘big three' events of spring and the third richest race in Australia behind the Melbourne Cup and the Golden Slipper.
There are also many cultural and fashion events during the carnival, and the city streets and laneways buzz with excitement.
Country Racing Spring Carnival race days are also colourful, glamorous and exciting, and allow visitors to celebrate spring racing at a more leisurely pace while enjoying the Victorian countryside. Spring Racing fashion, gourmet food and fine wines, fun outdoor children’s activities, entertainment and action-packed horse races all come together in some stunning country locations. Venture up into the high country amongst the picnic clubs, breathtaking views and crisp air. Visit the Murray and see some of Victoria's oldest tracks.