Can you believe it’s October already? Soon, we’ll be talking about Christmas, holidays, the new year…

Of course, before talking about that, we’ll have to get through November first.

And no mention of November is complete without talking about the Melbourne Cup and Spring Racing Carnival!


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The Spring Racing Carnival: a Melbourne tradition

Started in 1861 running every year since, the Melbourne Cup and Spring Racing Carnival are Melbourne icons.

Looking at the current state of the event with its glitz and glamour, it’s hard to believe the inaugural Melbourne Cup was a low-key affair.

Just look at the big prizes, which were a gold watch and a couple hundred pounds - a far cry from today’s trophy and $7.3 million prize!

Despite such humble beginnings, the Melbourne Cup and Spring Racing Carnival have grown to become one of the biggest events in the latter half of the year.


The Spring Racing Carnival

Like the name suggests, the Spring Racing Carnival isn’t a single race. Rather, it’s a series of Group 1 races (think racing’s answer to tennis Grand Slams) held over several weeks.

While there are dozens and dozens of races in the carnival with a cumulative value in excess of $200 million, there are a handful that stand out from the crowd.

Caulfield Cup Carnival 2018

When: 13 October - 20 October

Where: Caulfield Racecourse


With 141 years of history, the Caulfield Cup Carnival is the first of the big three spring majors.

Featuring ten races over several days, the Caulfield Cup Carnival is a week-long extravaganza of racing. With weight categories from all over the scale, there’s plenty of action happening on and off the racecourse.

Capping it all off is - what else? - the Caulfield Cup itself. Featuring a prize pool that’s recently been increased to $5 million, the Caulfield Cup is starting to rival the Melbourne Cup for size!

Cox Plate Carnival 2018

When: 26 October - 27 October

Where: Moonee Valley Racecourse


Comprising of both daylight and night racing, the Cox Plate Carnival is the second of the big three.

The carnival opens the Manikato Stakes Night, which unlike the other races in the Spring Racing Carnival, is run at night.

Combined with countless high-end dining options, it’s the perfect way to spend an evening.

The next day features “The Race Where Legends Are Made”, the Cox Plate itself. With champion racehorse Winx gunning for a fourth-consecutive win, this year’s Cox Cup is a race you don’t want to miss.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival

When: 3 November - 10 November

Where: Caulfield Racecourse


And of course, how could we forget about the big day?

Taking place on the first Tuesday of November (as is tradition), the Melbourne Cup is the crown jewel of Melbourne’s racing scene.

Running since 1861, this event has grown from a horse race to a landmark event.

And it’s not just for Victorians, either.

While other states may not have a public holiday, the Melbourne Cup is a nationally-celebrated event, with viewers from all over the country tuning in at 3pm sharp to watch the action.

Of course, there’s a reason they call it the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

While it may be the big event, by no means is the Melbourne Cup the only race happening - there are plenty of other races in different divisions on the same day alone.


More than just racing

Like we alluded to before, the Spring Racing Carnival has grown beyond a simple horse race - it’s also become one of the biggest events on Melbourne’s fashion calendar.

If you’ve ever turned on the TV during a Melbourne Cup broadcast, you’ll understand why.

Sometimes, it can seem like the dresses, hats and suits are getting more attention than the horses themselves!

Additionally, the Spring Racing Carnival is also the place to be for food and entertainment. For example, this year features performances from local and international acts alike such as:

  •         Sam Smith
  •         Amy Shark
  •         The Presets
  •        Conrad Sewell

Even if you’re not a fan of horse racing, there’s still something to enjoy at the races. After all, who doesn’t enjoy dressing up for an occasion?


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