Emirates Stakes Day

Emirates Stakes Day

Stakes Day is the "Family Day" of the carnival providing entertainment and activities for the whole family

The Melbourne Cup Carnival comes to a close on the first Saturday in November when Flemington hosts Emirates Stakes Day.

Whereas Crown Oaks Day is commonly known as the carnival’s ‘Ladies Day’, Emirates Stakes Day is referred to as ‘Family Day’, with a carnival-like atmosphere created by great rides, live entertainment and stalls accompanying the elite racing action.

The marquee race at the meeting is the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes, a quality handicap run over 1600m. As well as the famous Emirates Stakes, five other Group status events highlight the card.

The other elite level feature is the $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) (previously the VRC Sprint Classic), while the crowds also anticipate the running of the $300,000 Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m), $250,000 Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) and the $150,000 Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m).

Emirates Stakes Day Fast Facts

Other Group Races

Prizemoney Status Race Name Distance Conditions
$51 million Group 1 Darley Classic 1200m Weight-for-age
$300,000 Group 2 Matriarch Stakes 2000m 4YO+ Mares SW+P
$250,000 Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2600m Qlty Hcp
$150,000 Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate 1000m 2YO SW
$150,000 Listed Hilton Hotels Stakes 1400m 3YO Hcp