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Stakes Day
By Chris Phutully from Australia - 2014 Super Saturday at Flemington racecourse, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31594716

Stakes Day

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.

There are many race days 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 that important that’s been designated a public holiday in Victoria. The other races are scheduled around the Melbourne Cup date accordingly.

Stakes Day Melbourne 2020 Date, Tickets, Fashion & Dress Code

Each year, up to 100,000 people flock to Flemington Racecourse for Stakes Day. The primary race is the Group 1 Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes race where champion middle-distance horses race to win the prize money of $2 million.

This race day is a favourite for families as there are many 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 their TV stars and cartoon characters.

Food and drinks can be purchased at the race track; however many racegoers bring a picnic to the venue. Betting is a favourite 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 trains that run direct and trams stop only a short walk away. Special trains run directly to Flemington Racecourse on race days. 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.


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    • Hi Tracey, great question!

      Although many people dress up with spring race wear (dresses, heels, hats and fascinators), you do not have to dress up so formally if you do not wish.

      There is no dress code for men or women in the general admission area, so if you would prefer to dress more casually, you are absolutely able to do so. Stakes Day is “Family Day” after all so, if you are bringing your kids, it can be hard to run around after them in high heels! Neat casual is perfectly acceptable as are flat, comfortable shoes.

      Have a great Stakes Day 2016!


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