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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

Stakes Day, also known as ‘Family Day’, is a popular thoroughbred horse race held annually as part of the Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington Racecourse.

The Melbourne Cup is the premier event of the Spring Racing Carnival. It is held on the first Tuesday in November each year and is considered so important that it’s been designated a public holiday in Victoria. The other races are scheduled around the Melbourne Cup date accordingly.

Stakes Day Melbourne 2024 Date, Tickets, Fashion & Dress Code

Each year, 100,000 people flock to Flemington Racecourse for Stakes Day. It’s a celebration of the week that’s just been, filled with quality racing, fashion and entertainment.

VRC Champions Stakes Day is the guaranteed good time, with world-class racing the highlight of the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The much-loved final day of Carnival, TAB Champions Stakes Day rounds out the Melbourne Cup Carnival with no fewer than three Group 1 features that showcase the stars of Australian turf over 1200m, 1600m and 2000m.

A spectacular nine-race program is just the beginning – with endless activities for kids and parents and every other kind of race-lover, whether young or old.

Bring your family and friends for a day out that combines sensational world-class racing with a relaxed atmosphere. With endless activities for both kids and adults, you can enjoy the thrill of the races while still kicking back and having a good time.

There’ll be great food and drinks, perfect for a casual day out, plus higher-end fare, too, in the stellar restaurants and bars. You can count on plenty of great entertainment options to keep everyone engaged, laughing and dancing throughout the day.

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 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 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.

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.

The official flower for Stakes Day is the Red Rose. Flowers can be purchased from flower sellers near the entrances upon arrival to Flemington.

Friends, fun and the finale of Cup Week, Stakes Day is a day at Flemington not to be missed!


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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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First race: 12:40 pm
Last race: 5:50 pm

Race 8 Stakes: 5:10pm

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What are the Stakes Day entry prices?
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