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The Emirates Melbourne Cup is a truly spectacular event where the greatest thoroughbreds from around the world gather at Flemington and battle it out for a stake of the $6.2-million prize money and to cement their names in history.Emirates Melbourne Cup Day sits at the pinnacle of the Australian racing calendar and is the focal point of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. There's nothing like being there amongst the 100,000 plus crowd to experience the day that puts Australia firmly in the international sporting spotlight. Trainers from around the world set their sights on the Emirates Melbourne Cup, a race that is widely considered to be the best staying handicap in the world. Over 3200 metres, every competitor races towards the richest prize in Australian sport and the 18 carat solid gold Hardy Brothers trophy valued at $175,000. With such significant international standing, the anticipation of history in the making creates the electric atmosphere.On Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, it is the time to be daring as flamboyant fashion-forward racegoers flock to Flemington. The Myer Fashions on the Field competition continues at the east end of the front lawn. As the jewel in the Melbourne Cup Carnival crown, this iconic day is a heady mix of revelry, spectacular racing and fashion, and exquisite hospitality and entertainment, making it an unmissable sporting and cultural event.The official flower for Emirates Melbourne Cup Day is the yellow rose and can be purchased from flower sellers near the entrances, upon arrival to Flemington.