Stakes Day is the most relaxed day of the carnival is traditionally a ‘family affair’. Your outfit should reflect the atmosphere so think block heels, hats and flowing silhouettes. Conservative jumpsuits are also a great option for comfort on the day. Dress them up with statement accessories and a minimal headpiece.
Children of all ages had the opportunity to partake in the 2015 Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field competition, having the opportunity to impress in the fashions stakes and claim some fantastic prizes. Echoing the relaxed garden party mood, the style decree for the competition’s five categories – Junior and Senior boys and girls, and a Family competition introduced in 2011 – is ‘fashionable and fun’.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival concludes its festivities with this great day of racing. The ‘family day’ of the Carnival features Victoria’s foremost 1600m event, the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes.
Emirates Stakes Day is packed with fast action and excitement. Starting with the 1000m dash for two-year-olds at Group 3 level, the racing highlights include the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2600m as the final staying test of the Carnival, followed by the weight-for-age Group 1 Darley Classic which will see the star sprinters tackle the famed Flemington straight in this leg of the Global Sprint Challenge that has been previously won twice by the unbeatable Black Caviar. Quickly following on is the new highlight of the final day, the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (formerly Mackinnon) which will see the true champion middle-distance horses from Australia and abroad tackle the 2000m at weight-for-age conditions that will ensure the Carnival concludes with a dramatic finale.
The official flower for Emirates Stakes Day is the red rose and can be purchased from flower sellers near the entrances, upon arrival to Flemington.