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Celebrating the return of spring racing to Flemington, Sofitel Girls’ Day Out features four Group races, including one of the pivotal races of the spring – the $400,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes.

Sofitel Girls’ Day Out celebrates the return of spring racing at Flemington - home of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. 

Sofitel Girls’ Day Out features four Group races, including the headline Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes, which signals the beginning of quality middle distance racing for the season. Won by quality horses such as Southern Speed, Shocking, Weekend Hussler and Northerly in recent years, the 1600m weight-for-age feature is a race that commonly unearths a star of the spring. 

Step out in style in your finest spring fashion whilst enjoying a great day of racing.  Gather your friends and experience Flemington’s world class dining facilities and, for the fashion lovers, a visit to Paris Lane is a must!

Bart Cummings holding the Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy

Bart Cummings AM Memorial Service

The Victoria Racing Club is honoured to host a service to commemorate the passing of Australian sporting legend and 12-time Melbourne Cup winning trainer, Bart Cummings AM. Gates will open at 9.30am with the service commencing at 10.30am in the Mounting Yard, and a range of on-course communications will acknowledge Bart’s career and life.

female racegoers browsing millinery

Paris Lane

Located above the horse stalls with stunning views of the racetrack and Melbourne’s skyline, Paris Lane is a free retail and entertainment precinct featuring fashion, entertainment, food and wine.

Statue of Bart Cummings AM

Flemington Heritage Centre

Visit Flemington Heritage Centre to view artefacts from the Club’s history, including a multimedia collection commemorating the iconic Australian trainer, Bart Cummings AM.

Open between 9.30am and 4pm and entry is free.

Young Members' Cocktail Event

Young Members and their guests are invited to The View and The Peak for the Young Members’ Cocktail Event on Sofitel Girls’ Day Out. Experience great racing, entertainment, finger food and the chance to win sought after prizes. VRC Members are welcome to contact VRC Customer Service to book on 1300 727 575.

Horses and jockeys racing

Living Legends - Rogan Josh

Living Legend and fan favourite, Rogan Josh will be on course in stall 125, and parading in the Mounting Yard and Pre-Parade Ring throughout the day. Purchased for just $13,000, Rogan Josh won 13 races from 38 starts including the Mackinnon Stakes and Melbourne Cup double in 1999. He captured the heart of the nation and became a beacon of hope for racehorse owners around the world.

The Horse exhibition

Give your creativity free rein with a hands-on activity inspired by The Horse exhibition now showing at NGV International until 8 November. Visit the display from 12-4pm next to the Phar Lap Club party under the Parade Lounge.

Image: Lucy Kemp-Welch, Horses bathing in the sea (1900). National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
© Estate of Lucy Kemp-Welch

NGV Members Offer

To celebrate The Horse exhibition at NGV International, NGV members who attend Sofitel Girls Day Out can gain free entry to the Members' Enclosure on Turnbull Stakes Day, Sunday 4 October. NGV members should proceed to the Raceday &Ticketing Office to receive two Members’ Enclosure Daily Guest Passes for Turnbull Stakes Day. Complete the NGV Members' Offer form to have the What's On guide emailed to you.

Phar Lap Club 

The Phar Lap Club children’s party will be held between 12pm and 4pm on Sofitel Girls’ Day Out under the Parade Lounge. Enjoy live entertainment from Shaun the Sheep, arts & craft activities and face painting. Phar Lap Club Membership is available for children aged 0-11 years for a $5 annual fee. Sign up here today.

Children's activities

Free children's activities will take place in the Kids' Zone, located at the East End of the Public Lawn. Activities cater for children of all ages with various outdoor games, pony rides and arts and craft activities.

Ticketek customers will be offered a refund on General Admission tickets already purchased, and Hats and High Tea guests will receive a complimentary GA ticket to Turnbull Stakes Day.

VRC Members can also purchase or redeem Racing Rewards points for Guest Passes eight weeks prior to raceday.

  • Trains
    Special trains run direct to Flemington Racecourse on racedays. 

    Flemington Racecourse-bound trains depart Flinders Street Station and/or Southern Cross Station, stopping at North Melbourne Station, then express to Flemington Racecourse. 

    All train services are wheelchair accessible and passengers who need help boarding trains should wait on the platform near the front of the train.

    Non-racedays: Catch a train to Newmarket station (Craigieburn line) and then either walk (10mins) or take the No. 57 tram to Flemington Drive (stop 30).

    Trams
    From the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street catch the No. 57 West Maribyrnong tram to Flemington Drive (stop 30).

    Please note, low-floor trams do not run on Route 57 and it is therefore recommended passengers using a mobility aid should catch the train to the racecourse.

    Buses
    Catch Route 472 bus from Williamstown, Footscray or Moonee Ponds to Fisher Parade. Enter Flemington Racecourse via Riverbank entrance.

    Catch Route 404 bus from Footscray or Moonee Ponds to Smithfield Road. Enter Flemington Racecourse via Stables Drive entrance. 

    • Public transport

      Trains
      Special trains run direct to Flemington Racecourse on racedays. 

      Flemington Racecourse-bound trains depart Flinders Street Station and/or Southern Cross Station, stopping at North Melbourne Station, then express to Flemington Racecourse. 

      All train services are wheelchair accessible and passengers who need help boarding trains should wait on the platform near the front of the train.

      Non-racedays: Catch a train to Newmarket station (Craigieburn line) and then either walk (10mins) or take the No. 57 tram to Flemington Drive (stop 30).

      Trams
      From the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street catch the No. 57 West Maribyrnong tram to Flemington Drive (stop 30).

      Please note, low-floor trams do not run on Route 57 and it is therefore recommended passengers using a mobility aid should catch the train to the racecourse.

      Buses
      Catch Route 472 bus from Williamstown, Footscray or Moonee Ponds to Fisher Parade. Enter Flemington Racecourse via Riverbank entrance.

      Catch Route 404 bus from Footscray or Moonee Ponds to Smithfield Road. Enter Flemington Racecourse via Stables Drive entrance. 

  • Taxis
    Enter off Epsom Road onto Flemington Drive. A taxi rank is located near the Members' Main Entrance (left of Phar Lap statue).

    Melbourne Cup Carnival: Taxis can only enter the racecourse off Smithfield Road at the Stables Drive entrance or drop off racegoers in Leonard Crescent via Langs Road.

    Helicopters
    Flights depart from Melbourne and land at the helipad/passenger area, at Flemington Racecourse. During Melbourne Cup Carnival, VIP Lexus courtesy vehicles will then transfer from helipad to main entrance.

    For more information, contact our exclusive helicopter provider, Melbourne Cup Helicopters on 1300 724 927.

    Ferries 
    Ferry services for private groups operate from the city centre to Flemington along the Maribyrnong River. 

    For all information, contact City River Cruises on (03) 9650 2214. 

    For private berthing information, contact Parks Victoria on (03) 9426 4666.

    When booking ferry services outside of Melbourne Cup Carnival, contact Customer Service Centre for information on how to access the racecourse.

    • Private hire

      Taxis
      Enter off Epsom Road onto Flemington Drive. A taxi rank is located near the Members' Main Entrance (left of Phar Lap statue).

      Melbourne Cup Carnival: Taxis can only enter the racecourse off Smithfield Road at the Stables Drive entrance or drop off racegoers in Leonard Crescent via Langs Road.

      Helicopters
      Flights depart from Melbourne and land at the helipad/passenger area, at Flemington Racecourse. During Melbourne Cup Carnival, VIP Lexus courtesy vehicles will then transfer from helipad to main entrance.

      For more information, contact our exclusive helicopter provider, Melbourne Cup Helicopters on 1300 724 927.

      Ferries 
      Ferry services for private groups operate from the city centre to Flemington along the Maribyrnong River. 

      For all information, contact City River Cruises on (03) 9650 2214. 

      For private berthing information, contact Parks Victoria on (03) 9426 4666.

      When booking ferry services outside of Melbourne Cup Carnival, contact Customer Service Centre for information on how to access the racecourse.

  • Public car parks
    Racedays: Limited FREE parking available, enter off Epsom Road onto Flemington Drive.

    Melbourne Cup Carnival: Limited public car parking is available in the centre car park. Enter off Smithfield Road at the Stables Drive entrance.

    VRC Members' car parks
    Members' parking in the Unreserved Car Park must enter via Flemington Drive off Epsom Road. 

    Reserved dining car parks
    Racegoers should refer to directions provided with their bookings.

    • Driving and parking

      Public car parks
      Racedays: Limited FREE parking available, enter off Epsom Road onto Flemington Drive.

      Melbourne Cup Carnival: Limited public car parking is available in the centre car park. Enter off Smithfield Road at the Stables Drive entrance.

      VRC Members' car parks
      Members' parking in the Unreserved Car Park must enter via Flemington Drive off Epsom Road. 

      Reserved dining car parks
      Racegoers should refer to directions provided with their bookings.

  • General Admission
    There is no formal dress code for General Admission. Racegoers are encouraged to dress smart for the occasion.

    VRC Members
    VRC Members have a strong tradition of dressing smartly and appropriately, taking into consideration true racing style. We are proud of this history and therefore have strict dress regulations within the Members' Enclosure to maintain this high standard. 

    Gentlemen 
    (including children over 12) 

    Gentlemen are required to wear a  suit of tailored slacks (tailored chinos  acceptable), sports coat or blazer, plus  tie and dress shoes. During the period  between 1 December and 31 March  jackets may be removed. Overseas  visitors are welcome to wear the formal national dress of their country.

    Ladies
    (including children over 12)

    Ladies are expected to maintain a  suitable standard in keeping with the  dignity of the Members’ Enclosure.  Younger children accompanied by an  adult must be suitably attired. Overseas  visitors are welcome to wear the formal  national dress of their country.

    Members' Guest 
    As a VRC Member, you have a responsibility to ensure that your guests introduced into the Members’ Enclosure are dressed appropriately, in line with the required dress standard.

    View Victoria Racing Club Members' Enclosure Style Guide for complete dress code. 

    • What to wear

      General Admission
      There is no formal dress code for General Admission. Racegoers are encouraged to dress smart for the occasion.

      VRC Members
      VRC Members have a strong tradition of dressing smartly and appropriately, taking into consideration true racing style. We are proud of this history and therefore have strict dress regulations within the Members' Enclosure to maintain this high standard. 

      Gentlemen 
      (including children over 12) 

      Gentlemen are required to wear a  suit of tailored slacks (tailored chinos  acceptable), sports coat or blazer, plus  tie and dress shoes. During the period  between 1 December and 31 March  jackets may be removed. Overseas  visitors are welcome to wear the formal national dress of their country.

      Ladies
      (including children over 12)

      Ladies are expected to maintain a  suitable standard in keeping with the  dignity of the Members’ Enclosure.  Younger children accompanied by an  adult must be suitably attired. Overseas  visitors are welcome to wear the formal  national dress of their country.

      Members' Guest 
      As a VRC Member, you have a responsibility to ensure that your guests introduced into the Members’ Enclosure are dressed appropriately, in line with the required dress standard.

      View Victoria Racing Club Members' Enclosure Style Guide for complete dress code. 

  • Tickets
  • Adult Free
  • Concession/Student Free
  • Concession/Pensioner Free
  • Children under 16 year Free
  • VRC Members' Guest $50

Event Details

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  • Date

    Saturday, September 12, 2015

  • Location

    448 Epsom Road, Flemington

  • Public Transport

    Special trains run direct to Flemington Racecourse.

  • Gate Open Times

    Gates open at 9.30am. First race is at 12.25pm and last race is at 5.20pm.

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