The four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival commences tomorrow (Saturday) with over 90,000 racegoers expected to flock to Flemington for AAMI Victoria Derby Day.
It will be a feast for racing purists with four Group 1 races including the classic staying test for three-year-olds, the AAMI Victoria Derby, and an all-Group card. The Group 1 Longines Mackinnon Stakes and Group 3 Lexus Stakes offer the final opportunity to gain a start in the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup, while the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes and Myer Classic offer their own intrigue as the grand final for three-year-old sprinters and older mares respectively.
The fashion stakes are equally high with the commencement of Myer Fashions on the Field, co-hosted by Australian model and TV presenter Nikki Phillips and Channel 7 presenter James Tobin. Guest judges will include Myer designers Arthur Galan and Dom Bagnato, Myer Ambassadors Kris Smith, Kate Peck, Lauren Phillips and Jodi Anasta, editor of Vogue Magazine Edwina McCann, Myer milliner Viktoria Novak, and Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador Georgia Connolly.
This year’s competition again boasts a prize pool valued at more than $400,000, including a brand new Lexus IS 200t F Sport valued at up to $75,225.
The exclusive Birdcage will play host to local and international celebrities including Hollywood superstar Hilary Swank for Swisse, Millie Mackintosh and Stephen Jones OBE at Emirates, and Melissa Rivers and Brad Goreski from E! at Mumm.
General admission racegoers can enjoy winning post views at the James Boag’s Premium Celebration Deck, a VIP marquee experience at Yellowglen Terrace, cocktails at the Schweppes Flemington Fling Bar, exquisite wines at the Wolf Blass Nest, the newest taste sensations at the Red Rock Deli Tasting Plate and Create Your Taste burger bar, and for sports fans the Triple M Lounge located in the recently refurbished Undercroft.
Pin & Win volunteers will be out in force selling Emirates Melbourne Cup pins in support of the VRC’s charity partner the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
The official barrier draw for the $6.2m Emirates Melbourne Cup to be run on Tuesday at 3pm will be held in the Phar Lap Marquee (near the Phar Lap statue) after the last race at 6.30pm for 7pm. The Barrier Draw will be shown live on Racing.com (free to air Channel 78).
The Emirates Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw is by invitation only and media must contact Marcus Williams in the Media Centre to request access.
Melbourne Cup Carnival tickets are still available for purchase from Flinders Street, Southern Cross and North Melbourne train stations or racegoers can jump the queues and buy online from Ticketek on their mobiles, even on raceday. Admission is free for children under 16 accompanied by an adult.
Only media with Melbourne Cup Carnival accreditation can attend, and media are reminded that only broadcast rights holder, Seven Network, can film vision of horses and racing, including Mounting Yard, racetrack and horse stalls. All other networks must source this vision from the Seven Network in accordance with the Melbourne Cup Carnival media accreditation rules.
AAMI Victoria Derby Day
Saturday 31 October
Stephen Jones OBE
Melanie Vallejo & Dylan Alcott
Gretel & Francesca Packer
Lindy & Michael Klim
Bambi Northwood Blyth
FOX FM & Triple M on-air talent
Swisse marquee, media call 10.20am
TAB marquee, punters preview 11.00am
TAB marquee, punters preview 11.00am
Starlight ambassadors, Lexus marquee
Lexus & Mumm marquee
Yellowglen Tce, media call 11.45am & 2.30pm
Yellowglen Tce, media call 11.45am & 2.45pm
James Boag marquee
Southern Cross Austereo marquee
Myer Fashions on the Field Women’s Racewear registrations open
Carbine Club Stakes (G3)
Myer Fashions on the Field Women’s Racewear Final
Mumm Wakeful Stakes (G2)
Myer Fashions on the Field Men’s Racewear registrations open
Guvera Stakes (G3)
Coolmore Stud Stakes (G1)
Myer Fashions on the Field Men’s Racewear Final
Lexus Stakes (G3)
Longines Mackinnon Stakes (G1)
AAMI Victoria Derby (G1)
Myer Classic (G1)
Tab.com.au Stakes (G2)
Emirates Melbourne Cup barrier draw