Join us for the ultimate preview of the Melbourne Cup Carnival stars.
Setting the scene for an unmissable Melbourne Cup Carnival, TAB Turnbull Stakes Day features some of the finest thoroughbred racing in Australia, with an all-black type race schedule boasting more than $2.6 million in prizemoney.
There’s plenty of fun to be had between races, with pony rides for the kids, billiards and foosball inside Saintly Place, plus acoustic tunes on the Front Lawn.
Action on the Track
The $500,000 Group 1 TAB Turnbull Stakes (2000m) is one of the strongest guides to the spring majors in Melbourne, and this weekend will be run as part of a fantastic nine-race card at Flemington.
Australia’s new glamour mare Mystic Journey will look to follow in Winx’s mighty footsteps by winning the TAB Turnbull Stakes, with many anticipating Mystic Journey’s first attempt at 2000m to be a winning one. Other nominations for the feature race include multiple Group 1 winners Avilius and Hartnell, leading Lexus Melbourne Cup fancy Finche and stablemate Kings Will Dream, and the eye-catching Mr Quickie.
The undercard is just as exciting as the feature race and one race that has garnered great interest in recent years is the $500,000 Group 3 Lexus Bart Cummings (2500m). The race offers ballot exemption from the $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) and is one of only five races to do so.
Located in one of the best spots at Flemington, The Lounge looks across the Front Lawn to the Winning Post. Take in every finish from the comfort of inside Saintly Place West or head outside to witness the final pulsating moments up close. Once the action stops on the track, relax on lounge seating, challenge your mates to a game of billiards or foosball, sip on craft beers and grab a bite of pub-food favourites. This space is accessible to all racegoers, with food and beverages available for purchase.
The Lawn Bar
The best spot to experience spring racing at Flemington is on the Front Lawn. With plenty of seating and shade plus acoustic tunes, it’s the perfect place to base yourself for the day while witnessing the thrill of every race. This space is accessible to all racegoers, with food and beverages available for purchase.
Flemington Family Lawn
Bring the whole family along for fun-filled activities on the Flemington Family Lawn, all complimentary with your race day ticket. Enjoy pony rides, face painting, sports and games, arts and crafts, plus a soft play area for the little ones.
Love Letters to Racing
This popular annual event sees Ross Stevenson of 3AW host an afternoon filled with passionate racing enthusiasts sharing tales of their own personal experiences with our great sport. All proceeds from this event will be donated to VRC and 3AW charity partner Very Special Kids. Find out more here.
Group 1 Grazing
Witness some of the finest thoroughbred racing in Australia the ultimate preview of the Melbourne Cup Carnival stars from one of the best vantage points at Flemington. Enjoy a delicious three-course buffet lunch, donut dessert wall, plus an exclusive reserved seat in the covered Hill Stand. Find out more here.
Melbourne Cup winner Efficient (NZ) and two time Cox Plate winner Fields of Omagh will be on course today. Come and say hi to these turf legends as they parade around the Mounting Yard or visit them in the horse stalls throughout the day.
Jim Beam Container Bar
Get along to the Jim Beam Black container bar, popping up on the Front Lawn near the Winning Post. Serving the premium Jim Beam Black as well as a selection of other beverages including beer, wine and sparkling.
Gentlemen to Help
Need a little touch up during your race day? From head to toe, hairspray to Party Feet, the gentlemen are here to help. Look out for them roving the racecourse from 11am till 4pm.
VRC Members and their Guests
Experience the splendour of Flemington in spring within The Club Stand and The Grandstand. In The Atrium sip on botanical-infused cocktails at the Rose Bar, check out the latest trends in racewear headwear at our Meet the Milliner pop-up and keep your look gorgeous and fresh throughout the race day with complimentary hair and make-up touch ups at the Pamper Lounge.
In The Club Stand, enjoy refreshing gin cocktails while listening to live music and looking out across all the action at Flemington from The Roof Garden. The party doesn’t stop after the last with a DJ spinning tunes until 7.30pm while you enjoy stunning city views. Plus there will be plenty to keep our pint-sized punters entertained on the Members Lawn with a magician and face painters.
Don’t miss this stellar day of racing ahead of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Tickets available from Ticketek or from the gates when they open at 11.05am. Kids 15 years and under receive free entry on all race days.