The Emirates Melbourne Cup is a truly spectacular event: each year on the first Tuesday of November at 3pm, the greatest thoroughbreds from around the world gather at Flemington and battle it out for a stake of the $6.2-million prize money and to cement their names in history.

Emirates Melbourne Cup Day sits at the pinnacle of the Australian racing calendar and is the focal point of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. There's nothing like being there amongst the 100,000 plus crowd to experience the day that puts Australia firmly in the international sporting spotlight. 

Trainers from around the world set their sights on the Emirates Melbourne Cup, a race widely considered to be the best staying handicap in the world. Over 3200 metres, the Emirates Melbourne Cup offers the richest prize in Australian sport and a 18ct solid gold Hardy Brothers trophy valued at $175,000. With such significant international standing, the anticipation of history in the making creates the electric atmosphere that is 'the race that stops a nation'.™

ryellow rose

As the jewel in the Melbourne Cup Carnival crown, this iconic day is a heady mix of revelry, spectacular racing and fashion, and exquisite hospitality and entertainment, making it an unmissable sporting and cultural event.

The official flower for Emirates Melbourne Cup Day is the yellow rose and can be purchased from flower sellers near the entrances, upon arrival to Flemington.
On release, details for nomination, handicap weights and acceptances can be found below.

What to wear

On Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, it is the time to be daring  as flamboyant fashion-forward racegoers flock to Flemington. The Myer Fashions on the Field competition continues at the east end of the Front Lawn. 

See What to wear for dress regulations across all racecourse enclosures:

  • Members' Enclosure, The Birdcage and Members' Car Parks
  • Corporate dining venues
  • General Admission
Getting to Flemington


Departing Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street Station services will depart from Platform 8/9 and run express to Flemington Racecourse:

  • From 8.30am - 9.30am, every 15 minutes
  • From 9.30am - 1.30pm, every 6-7 minutes
  • From 1.30pm - 3pm, every 20 minutes (services will also stop at Southern Cross Platform 14 and North Melbourne Platform 6 stations)

Southern Cross Station services will depart from (Platform 8) stopping at North Melbourne Station (Platform 2) and then running express to Flemington Racecourse:

  • From 8.30am - 9.30am, every 15 minutes
  • From 9.30am - 1.30pm, every 10 minutes

Departing Flemington Racecourse 
Services will depart Flemington Racecourse (Platform 1) and run express to North Melbourne (Platform 5), Southern Cross (Platform 13) and Flinders Street (Platform 8/9) stations:

  • From 1.30pm - 3pm, every 20 minutes
  • From 3pm - 8pm, every 6-7 minutes
  • From 8pm - 8.40pm, every 10 minutes

Services will depart Flemington Racecourse (Platform 2) and run express to North Melbourne (Platform 1) and Southern Cross (Platform 8) stations only:

  • From 3pm - 8pm, every 10 minutes

See Getting to Flemington for all other transport, parking and venue access information.

Emirates Melbourne Cup Day race schedule
 Race number Time  G/L        Race Name  Prize money Type   Distance
 1  10:40am Gr.3 Emirates Airline Plate  $151,500 2YO Fillies SW  1000m
 2  11:20am
tab.com.au Trophy  $101,500 Mares Hcp  1700m
 3  12:00pm
J.B. Cummings AM Tribute Plate  $101,500
Rtg 0-96 Hcp  2800m
 4  12:40pm
Lavazza Short Black  $101,500
4&5YO 0-90 Hcp No Grey  1400m
 5  1:20pm
Schweppes #FlemingtonFling  $101,500
3YO SW&P  1000m
 6  2:00pm LR Lexus Hybrid Plate  $151,500
3YO Fillies SW&P  1400m
 7  3:00pm Gr.1 Emirates Melbourne Cup  $6,200,000 Hcp  3200m
 8  3:55pm LR James Boag's Symphony Stakes  $151,500 Hcp  1800m
 9  4:35pm LR MSS Security Sprint  $151,500 Hcp  1200m
 10  5:15pm Gr.3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes  $201,500 Mares SW&P  1400m

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is a fully ticketed event. All tickets must be pre-purchased
before your arrival at Flemington.

General Admission, Reserved Grandstand Seating and The Precinct tickets for the 2015 Melbourne Cup Carnival are now on sale via Ticketek.

Purchase your tickets early and save! Early bird ticket prices are valid until and including 16 October 2015.

VRC Members: 

  • Tickets
  • Adult $74
  • Concession/Student $60
  • Concession/Pensioner $40
  • Children under 16 years Free

Event Details

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  • Date

    Tuesday, November 03, 2015

  • Location

    448 Epsom Road, Flemington

  • Public Transport

    Special trains run direct to Flemington Racecourse.

  • Gate Open Times

    Pedestrian gates open 8.30am; first race at 10.40am

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