Melbourne Cup Carnival 2013
Also known as “Cup Day” and “The Races,” among other names, the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival is famous not only in Melbourne, but all across Australia. Every year, interstaters and even overseas tourists flock into the city for the illustrious event, which combines great camaraderie, beautiful fashion and sparkling bubbles to create a chic and sophisticated social event for all to enjoy. The Cup Carnival has evolved far beyond its original purpose – no longer is it simply a racing festival, but it has now grown to become one of the most important and enjoyable highlights of Melbourne’s spring season. Simply put, the races are a big deal – whether you’re partying it up with your best mates, relaxing in style with your work colleagues, or you’ve recruited the whole family to come along, you’re guaranteed to have an absolute ball.
AAMI Victoria Derby Day
All the true racing enthusiasts will be in attendance on the first day of the 2013 Cup Carnival, as this is the day where all the black type horses will be competing in a thrilling showdown. For those readers who are clueless about the racing world (don’t worry, you’re not alone!), “black type” refers to the most talented specimens, generally those who can be found in the elite Group 1 level of races. Another factor that is sure to generate some serious interest in the feature race of the day is the AAMI Victoria Derby prize money, a cool $1.5 million.
It’s not all about the horses, however, on opening day. The Myer Fashion on the Field competition, which celebrates the most stunning outfits on display amongst the many attendants, is always a highly popular spectator sport, enticing men and women alike to don their most stylish attire in the hopes of being selected from the crowd.
Emirates Melbourne Cup Day
The Emirates Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most famous thoroughbred race, with a history tracing all the way back to 1861. It boasts a spectacular prize of $6.2 million, making it the richest handicap in the world. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that this particular race attracts international trainers from all over the world to Australia for the Cup Carnival.
It makes sense that such a prestigious event should be accompanied by bold and expressive fashion choices. The fashion theme for Emirates Melbourne Cup Day is flamboyance, so prepare to gasp over and admire some fairly original and outrageous ensembles on this day.
Crown Oaks Day
The third day of the Cup Carnival marks the last day of the Myer Fashion on the Field competition, wherein all the ladies are encouraged to put on their prettiest spring dresses in a show of beautiful colour and stunning style. The main race for this day is the Group 1 Crown Oaks, the premier racing event for classic fillies, with a prize of $1 million, as well as an incredible crystal winner’s trophy, up for grabs.
Emirates Stake Day
After the heightened sense of anticipation and excitement over the last three days, the end of the Cup Carnival has an entirely different feel to it: one of pleasant relaxation. The main race here is the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes, and the entire day is definitively a family affair. While adults can enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of beer as they spectate the sport, there are several fantastic attractions, activities and live entertainment options on offer to amuse the children. This charmingly relaxed atmosphere is the perfect way in which to wind down and bid farewell to the Cup Carnival for another year.
Whether you’re there to simply socialise and enjoy the company of your friends, family and acquaintances, or you’re a racing purist who can’t wait to see the winners of each thrilling event, one thing’s for sure: you definitely can’t afford to miss all the excitement of 2013 Melbourne Cup Carnival.
There are numerous options available to punters who fancy a punt or simply want to put their best fashion foot forward. Interstate or overseas travellers will find Melbourne’s public transport convenient, and both trains and trams that will get you close to the action. For others, jumping into a hire car may be an obvious choice among those who are keen to see Melbourne’s broader offering at their own pace. If this sounds like you, check out our range of cars for hire in Melbourne today.
Needless to say, Europcar encourages safe driving, so if you’re planning on hitting the track – don’t drink and drive – be sure you’ve got your designated drive at the ready. Happy punting!