The 153rd Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place this Tuesday, November the 5th, 2013. “The race that stops a nation” seems to get bigger and bigger each year, with this one event managing to capture the imagination of the entire country. With $6.2 million up for grabs and a chance for the winner to cement their name in the history books, the Melbourne Cup is the most highly anticipated event in Australian horse racing.
The Melbourne Cup does not stand alone, however, with ten races hosted on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day and a multitude of other attractions to keep everyone happy. The Myer Fashions on the Field competition is held on the east end of the front lawn, with other attractions including Hill Square Entertainment, the Nova Dome, the Swisse Wellness Spa, and the My Kitchen Rules Laneway.
The first race takes place at 10.20am, with the Melbourne Cup itself run at 3.00pm and the last race run at 5.15pm. While Melbourne Cup Day might not have as many high profile Group 1 races as Victoria Derby Day a few days before, the Group 3 7News Stakes and Group 3 Lavazza Short Black are hosted on the day along with three Listed events.
Time Race Name Value Group Type Distance 10.20 7News Stakes $121,500 Gr. 3 2YO Fillies SW (N/C) 1000m 11.00 TAB Rewards Trophy $101,500 Mares Hcp (N/C) 1700m 11.45 Carnival Handicap $101,500 Rating 0-96 Hcp (N/C) 2800m 12.30 Lavazza Short Black $201,500 Gr. 3 Mares SW&P (N/C) 1400m 1.15 Schweppes #flemingtonfling $101,500 3YO SW&P (N/C) 1000m 2.00 Lexus Hybrid Plate $151,500 LR 3YO Fillies SW&P (N/C) 1400m 3.00 Emirates Melbourne Cup $6,200,000 Gr. 1 Hcp (N/C) 3200m 3.55 Visit Victoria Plate $151,500 LR Hcp (N/C) 1800m 4.35 MSS Security Sprint $151,500 LR Hcp (N/C) 1200m 5.15 Emirates Airline Plate $101,500 4&5YO Rtg 0-90 Hcp (No Greys) 1400m
There are a range of ticket options available on the day, with admission and dining packages available directly from ticketek. The gates for the 2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup open at 8.30am, with special trains running to Flemington Racecourse all day and the public car park open from 8.30am.