Melbourne Cup Day is one of the most anticipated racedays in the world. While the main feature of the day is the Group 1 Melbourne Cup, the day also consists of nine other quality races. Melbourne Cup Day 2012 is set to be as big as ever with some of the top international horses set to take on the best stayers in Australia.
Melborne Cup Day is the second day of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival. It is preceeded by Victoria Derby Day and then followed by Crown Oaks Day and Emirates Stakes Day.
The A$6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup is a truly spectacular event and is the focal point of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. While most of Australia stops to watch or listen to the race, there’s nothing like being there amongst the 100,000-plus crowd to experience this unique event.
The Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup is one of the world’s most famous and best-regarded thoroughbred races. The 3200m race is run at 3pm on the first Tuesday of November each year and is the richest handicap in the world.
The Emirates Melbourne Cup is one of the most iconic trophies in world sport. Crafted by Hardy Brothers Jewellers, the trophy is valued at A$175,000 and is created from 2,340 grams of solid 18ct yellow gold, which takes over 250 man hours to be produced.
Emirates Melbourne Cup Day has gained a reputation for fashion with a penchant for drama. It is the day to make your strongest fashion statement with an exotic or outrageous ensemble.
The Myer Fashions on the Field invitation-only Design Award is contested on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, providing an arena for both established and emerging designers to showcase their racewear creations. Hats are essential and so is a yellow rose on the lapel.
It is hard to convey the sheer scale of Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, a dedicated public holiday in Melbourne, to someone who has not witnessed it before. It is an exciting and exhilarating event where you can experience the pulse of Australia in just one day.
The Mikel Delzangles-trained Dunaden created history a second time around for the French in 2011.
Following Americain’s victory in 2010, Dunaden claimed the prestigious A$6.2 million ‘race that stops a nation’. In the closest finish in the 151 year history of the Melbourne Cup, Dunaden, ridden by French jockey Christophe Lemaire, defeated English trained Red Cadeux by a nose in a hair-raising finish.
Last year a record of 11 international runners contested the A$6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup, which was again the world’s highest rated staying race.