Emirates Stakes Day, also known as “Family Day” is a popular thoroughbred horse race which is held every year as part of the Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington Racecourse.
Stakes Day is always held on the Saturday after Cup Day which, in 2017 will be on the 11th of November.
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There are a number of racedays which constitute the Spring Racing Carnival. The Melbourne Cup is the premier event of the Spring Racing Carnival and is held on the first Tuesday in November each year and is considered so important that it has been designated as a public holiday in Victoria. The other races are scheduled around the Melbourne Cup date accordingly.
Each year, up to 100,000 people flock to Flemington Racecourse for Stakes Day. The main race is the Group 1 Emirate Stakes race where champion middle-distance horses race to win the prize money of $1million.
This raceday is very popular for families as there are a number of kid-friendly activities scheduled throughout the day including a children’s “fashions on the field” event as well as a free entertainment precinct where kids can get up close with Home and Away star Johnny Ruffo, Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Food and drinks can be purchased at race track, however many racegoers bring their own picnic to the venue. Betting is a popular past-time, so make sure to bring some extra cash to place a bet on Australia’s biggest races.
Public transport to Stakes Day is plentiful, with a trains that run direct and trams stops only a short walk away. Special trains run direct to Flemington Racecourse on racedays. Trains to Flemington Racecourse depart Flinders Street Station, Southern Cross Station and North Melbourne Station. You can also catch the #57 Maribyrnong tram from Elizabeth Street/Flinders Street intersection and alight at Flemington Drive.