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Horse racing

Victorians love their horse racing and there's plenty to offer the local and international racing fan, whatever the time of year.

The race that stops a nation

For the horse racing fanatic and casual punter alike, there's no greater occasion than the Melbourne Cup. One of the world's richest horse races, the meet is run at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November. Known around the country as 'the race that stops a nation' the cup attracts more than 100,000 punters and is the highlight of the Spring Racing Carnival.

What to wear

No longer just about the horses, the Spring Racing Carnival is now a high profile event on the fashion calendar. With the most glamorous Australian and international stars descending on racecourses and marquees to hobnob with politicians, sports heroes and the business elite, it's a spectator sports event like no other.

Metropolitan and country races

Throughout the year, metropolitan races take place at Flemington, Moonee Valley, Caulfield and Sandown racecourses. Race meets are held all across Victoria at famed racetracks, showcasing high-profile feature races and Country Cups.

Spectator sports

Country racing

You don't have to wait for spring to get to the races, as regional Victoria's turf clubs host fun-filled country racing events all year round.

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Emirates Melbourne Cup Day

The Emirates Melbourne Cup sits at the pinnacle of the Australian racing calendar where the greatest thoroughbreds from around the world gather at...

1 Nov 2016


Oaks Day Champagne Breakfast

Gather the ladies and begin your Crown Oaks Day celebrations early at The Oaks Day Champagne Breakfast. Begin Ladies Day with a little extra...

3 Nov 2016


AAMI Victoria Derby Day

Beautiful bold blacks and whites set the scene of the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival’s fusion of fashion and first-class racing, the lavish AAMI...

29 Oct 2016


Emirates Stakes Day

Emirates Stakes Day is packed with fast action and excitement. The racing highlights include the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2600m as the...

5 Nov 2016


Spring Racing Carnival

Anticipation and excitement fill the air. We farewell winter and welcome spring with open arms. It’s a time when the city comes alive. People have a...

Until 20 Nov 2016


Melbourne Cup Carnival

Glamorous, refined and layered with history, Flemington is the beating heart of Australian horse racing. Hosting six incredible racedays comprising...

Until 5 Nov 2016


Melbourne Cup Carnival Charity Ball

This years prestigious Melbourne Cup Carnival Charity Ball features the darling of horse racing, champion rider Michelle Payne and a fabulous concert...

28 Oct 2016


Melbourne Cup Parade

The Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade, proudly supported by the City of Melbourne, will see tens of thousands of people, once again line Swanston Street...

31 Oct 2016


Crown Oaks Day

Crown Oaks Day is known for being the pinnacle of feminine style during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Traditionally acknowledged as ‘ladies’ day’,...

3 Nov 2016


Spring Racing at Crown Melbourne

Experience the thrill and glamour of the Spring Racing at Crown Melbourne. Make Crown your first destination away from the track during Spring Racing...

1 Nov 2016

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