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Melbourne Cup Carnival November 3 - 10

Melbourne Cup highlights

Celebrate Melbourne Cup Day

The jewel in the crown, Melbourne Cup Day is held on the first Tuesday of November each year – this year on 6 November. The day is a state-wide public holiday and almost all of Australia tunes in for “the race that stops a nation” at 3pm.

Only four horse races in the world offer a bigger prize money purse than the Melbourne Cup — $6.2 million this year — and punters will invest more than $300 million betting on the outcome. Watching some of the finest thoroughbreds in the world streak down the straight to the finish line is a sight you’ll never forget, but the general festive atmosphere extends across the entire day, at both the racecourse and across the city.

Dress to impress with Myer Fashions on the Field. It is one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious outdoor fashion events, with racewear enthusiasts from around the world flocking here to compete for a piece of the $400,000 prize money. Fancy frocks, sleek suits and some of the world’s innovative, sometimes outrageous, hats are on show for the annual competition. There are 3 major categories to win in; Women's RacewearMen's Racewear and the Emerging Designer Award all taking place in Flemington's fashion and entertainment quater; The Park. 

Attend Ladies Oak Day

Thursday 8 November plays host to Kennedy Oaks Day, the Carnival’s traditional “ladies day”. The headline race is the $1 million Kennedy Oaks, but the action off the track is just as hot. On this day, the top Milliners show off thier creation in a prestigious catwalk display, where the judges crown the female winner of Australia’s Millinery Award. This is closely followed by the very best in Australian new music and entertainment. 

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