More than 60,000 racegoers are expected to flock to Flemington on Thursday for the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s Ladies Day – Crown Oaks Day.
Following on from Michelle Payne’s ground-breaking victory for women in racing on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, attention turns to the Group 1 classic Crown Oaks (2500m) for three-year-old fillies. Team Hayes and Dabernig filly Sacred Eye is the current $3.50 favourite with the TAB and she will face fierce competition from Ambience ($4), Jameka ($4.20) and Pasadena Girl ($8.50).
The exclusive Birdcage marquees will continue to play host to an array of local and international celebrities including Hollywood star Kevin Dillon at Swisse, Brody Jenner at Mumm, British expatriates Aston Merrygold at Emirates and radio personality Fifi Box at the Southern Cross Austereo marquee.
On the ultimate day of Myer Fashions on the Field, hosted by Nikki Phillips and James Tobin, the Women’s Racewear competition concludes with the highly anticipated National Final. The invitation-only Millinery Award will also be judged, with the panel to include VRC Vice Chairman Amanda Elliott, the face of Myer Jennifer Hawkins, Myer ambassador Jodi Anasta, editor of Harper’s Bazaar Kellie Hush, and international milliner Stephen Jones.
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.
General admission patrons 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 Melbourne Cup Carnival charity partner the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
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. Admission is free for children under 16 accompanied by an adult.
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 Network Seven in accordance with the Melbourne Cup Carnival media rules. Only staff with media accreditation can access Flemington.