The Melbourne Cup Carnival concludes its festivities with Emirates Stakes Day, also known as the Carnival’s ‘family day.’ Emirates Stakes Day is packed with fast action and excitement, featuring Victoria’s foremost 1600m event: the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes. Another big feature is the weight-for-age Darley Classic, previously won twice by the unbeatable Black Caviar.
Off the track, there are free activities and live entertainment for children. Highlights include the Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field for younger trendsetters and families, offering the opportunity to impress in the fashion stakes and claim fantastic prizes. In keeping with the family theme, racegoers tend to dress in colourful, whimsical style – pretty prints and bright shades for the ladies, a splash of pattern on ties, socks and shoes for men. If you’re picking a buttonhole for the day, wear a red rose, the official flower for Emirates Stakes Day.
The first race was run in 1881, and won by Courtenay. Past winners have included the brilliant Testa Rossa (2000). He finished his career with 13 wins from 24 starts and prize money topping $3 million.