Derby Day is always held on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup.
Derby Day Melbourne 2023 Date, Ticket Price, Race Times & Dress Code
As one of the most prestigious days of spring racing, this is a must-attend event for racing fans with four exceptional Group 1 races – the $2 million Kennedy Cantala, $1.5 million Coolmore Stud Stakes, $1 million TAB Empire Rose Stakes and the feature race the $2 million Victoria Derby.
The Penfolds Victoria Derby headlines a day widely regarded as a racing purist’s dream. An undercard brimming with quality, every race is group level.
The traditional black and white theme once again takes pride of place, showcasing the unstoppable elegance of Australia’s fashion capital. When it comes to the races themselves, prepare to be blown away by the sheer power and grace of the majestic thoroughbreds as they compete for glory. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to experience the excitement and glamour of a true Melbourne tradition.
The incredible action on the track will be equalled by the fashion attractions around the grounds, with a black and white theme providing fashion colour guidance for ladies. At the same time, gentlemen will don their sartorial best, featuring their take on elegant blacks, greys and complementary touches.
There are nine races on the day and four Group One races. Importantly, the winner of the Lexus Stakes gains entry to the race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup, which is held the following Tuesday.
Thousands of racegoers flock to Flemington Racecourse for this massive race day dressed in their most exquisite black and white ensembles, with prizes for best dressed in a prestigious fashion show.
Food and drinks can be purchased for those attending the event; however, many racegoers bring a picnic to the venue. Betting is a favourite past-time, so bring some extra cash to place a bet on Australia’s biggest races. ATMs are available inside the racecourse; however, due to the large crowds, lines are often long.
Public transport to the event is plentiful, with trains that run direct and trams stopping only a short walk away. Special trains run directly to Flemington Racecourse on race days. Trains to Flemington Racecourse depart at Flinders Street Station, Southern Cross Station and North Melbourne Station. You can also catch the #57 Maribyrnong tram from the Elizabeth Street/Flinders Street intersection and alight at Flemington Drive.
The official flower for Victoria Derby Day is the Blue Cornflower. The official flower can be purchased from flower sellers near the entrances upon arrival to Flemington.
There are no dress regulations for general admission ticket holders. However, wear your favourite casual or race-day attire for a fun day at the races.