On Crown Oaks Day, crowds flock to Flemington for a glamorous and exciting third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, headlined by the 2500m Group 1 Crown Oaks race for three-year-old fillies. The classic feature race has a purse of $1 million and a stunning winner’s trophy.
Crown Oaks Day is traditionally acknowledged as a ‘ladies’ day’, when women come together to celebrate and indulge in good living and thoroughbred horse racing. A social highlight of the day is the crowning of national winner of the Myer Fashions on the Field Women’s Racewear competition.
Crown Oaks Day is a stunning social occasion for friends, set in a glamorous environment of manicured gardens, fine dining and beautiful marquees. The official flower of Crown Oaks Day is the pink rose.
The first race was run in 1861 (won by Palestine). Past winners have included Set Square (2014), Brazilian Pulse (2010) and Miss Finland (2006). One curious fact is that sixteen of the past twenty-one winners have carried either saddlecloth number one or two – useful to know if you’re planning a punt on next year’s race.