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 2018 will be on the 10th of November.
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Each year, up to 100,000 people flock to Flemington Racecourse for Stakes Day. The primary race is the Group 1 Emirate Stakes race where champion middle-distance horses race to win the prize money of $1million.
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 Home and Away star Johnny Ruffo, Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants.
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.