Melbourne Cup Carnival once again delivers outstanding results

Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chairman Amanda Elliott has declared the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival a great success, highlighted by a record-breaking sixth Emirates Melbourne Cup win for owner Lloyd Williams. “Rekindling’s victory in the 157th Emirates Melbourne Cup further cemented Lloyd Williams’ place in the rich history of our great race.”

Hall of Fame trainer Gai Waterhouse tasted Kennedy Oaks success for the first time, combining with training partner Adrian Bott to secure the $1 million three-year-old classic with Pinot, while on the Carnival’s opening day trainer

David Payne and jockey Tye Angland won the AAMI Victoria Derby with Ace High.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival came to a close with Saturday’s Emirates Stakes Day. A strong crowd of 68,873 witnessed Damian Lane ride the Darren Weir-trained Tosen Stardom to take out the $2 million feature race of the day.

Redzel, trained by Peter and Paul Snowden and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, made it six wins in a row, clinching the $1 million Darley Classic.

Throughout the Carnival, 497 horses competed in 37 races, representing an average field size of 13.4 runners. The four race cards, offering more than $19 million in prize money, saw 25 individual trainers and 22 jockeys enjoy victory.

The J.B. Cummings Excellence Award went to the training partnership of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for their outstanding Melbourne Cup Carnival achievements, and the Ron Hutchinson Excellence Award was won by jockey Damian Lane.

Channel 7’s coverage of the Emirates Melbourne Cup was streamed to an Australian and global audience on Twitter for a second consecutive year, reaching a remarkable 1.6 million global total unique viewers in 2017. #MelbourneCup trended in 12 countries and 124 cities around the globe, reaching the #1 trending term in 5 countries — Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Channel 7’s live coverage of the Emirates Melbourne

Cup peaked at 2.7 million viewers around the country, while 7Live delivered 350,000 streams.

With some brilliant sunshine over the four days, 310,608 local, interstate and international visitors flocked to the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival to enjoy the racing, fashion, entertainment and hospitality of the world’s most vibrant racing event.

“Flemington continued to show why it’s the premier racecourse in Australia this week, with fashion, food and entertainment destination, The Park, proving a hit with racegoers for a second year, while the Members’ carparks were at capacity, and today filled with families enjoying picnics, entertainment and the 28 degree sunshine.

“We are delighted with the 2017 attendance figures, considering the construction of the new grandstand. The four Melbourne Cup Carnival racedays were again the four most attended in the country,” Mrs Elliott said.

For the third year in a row, four cruise ships—the most ever docked in Melbourne at one time—delivered a record 8,800 visitors to the Cup. For the first time, one ship sailed from New Zealand via Sydney, while two departed directly from Sydney and one from Brisbane.

“The Melbourne Cup Carnival was again a resounding tourism success story. This is Australia’s original major event, and it contributes to the economy like no other,” Mrs Elliott said.

The Birdcage Enclosure again played host to international and local celebrities including Lara Stone, Daria Gavrilova, Guy Sebastian at Emirates; Paris Jackson, Jennifer Hawkins and Kris Smith at Myer; Priscilla Preseley, Robyn Lawley, Melissa George and Jessica McNamee at Kennedy; Zoe Ventoura and Montana Cox at Lavazza; Shanina Shaik and Usain Bolt at Mumm; and Taylor Dayne and Jane Seymour at Sensis.

Myer Fashions on the Field was a hit in The Park, where 611 stylishly dressed entrants competed for more than $340,000 in prizes, while more than 320 children and families participated in Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field.

Richmond’s Crystal Kimber, 28, won the Myer Fashions on the Filed National Women’s Racewear competition in a floral embroidered dress fashioned from a skirt once owned by her grandmother, teamed with a pink turban-like headpiece.

The Palmer family – mother Annalise with children Poppy, 12, Finn, 11, and Oscar, 9, – from Echuca in northern Victoria took out the family category in coordinated red and blue outfits at Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field.

The junior categories were won by Zara Barrell, 11, from Essendon and Josh Traikos, 8, from Doncaster, while senior honours went to Isabella Portelli, 17, from Gold Coast, and Noah Wooldridge, 14, from Malvern.

Pin & Win—in support of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)—offered more than $140,000 in prizes, including a Lexus IS 300h F Sport and one million Skywards Miles from Emirates. This year marks the 23rd year of Pin & Win, with all proceeds supporting the leading global organisation funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research with a mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

Melbourne Cup Carnival Group 1 winners

Race   Prize Money Winner
Trainer  Jockey 
Coolmore Stud Stakes  $1,002,500  Merchant Navy  Aaron Purcell  Mark Zahra 
Myer Classic  $502,500  Shoals  Anthony Freedman  Dean Yendall 
AAMI Victoria Derby  $1,510,000  Ace High  David Payne  Tye Angland 
Kennedy Mile  $1,002,500  Shillelagh  Chris Waller  Michael Dee 
Emirates Melbourne Cup  $6,250,000  Rekindling  Joseph O'Brien  Corey Brown 
Kennedy Oaks  $1,005,000  Pinot  Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  Stephen Baster 
Darley Classic  $1,002,500  Redezel  Peter & Paul Snowden  Kerrin McEvoy 
Emirates Stakes  $2,005,000  Tosen Stardom  Darren Wair  Damian Lane 

Melbourne Cup Carnival attendances

AAMI VIctoria Derby Day  87,526 
Emirates Melbourne Cup Day  90,536 
Kennedy Oaks Day  63,673 
Emirates Stakes Day  68.873 
Total  310,608