Spring Racing Carnival Glossary

The Spring Racing Carnival will be the talk of the town for the next few weeks. The carnival will see a variety of horse racing events unfold across Melbourne, beginning with Caulfield Cup at Caulfield Racecourse (which was held last weekend). The carnival continues with Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse and then Derby Day and more at Flemington Racecourse. Not only are the festivities all about horse racing on-field, but also the fashion off-field.

Believe it or not, every race day has its own unique atmosphere. This post will break down the Spring Racing Carnival for you, as a way of explaining the difference between each racing event, with an emphasis on dress codes and themes!

My outfit for the 2017 Caulfield Cup.

My outfit for the 2017 Caulfield Cup.

Caulfield Cup

This year’s Caulfield Cup was held on October 20 at Caulfield Racecourse. Caulfield Cup is one of the bigger events leading up to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, and marks the beginning of the racing season. Dressing up for the occasion is a must, but I would still save your best outfits for the large-scale events at Flemington.

Cox Plate

A week after Caulfield Cup, avid racegoers will flock to Moonee Valley Racecourse for Cox Plate on October 27. Cox Plate is another lead-up event, and with Winx racing at this year’s event, it is sure to be a sell-out!

Derby Day

The Cup Carnival is here! From this day forward, all of the major race days are held at Flemington Racecourse, beginning with Derby Day on November 3. Buzzing with excitement as the biggest racing week of the year begins, racegoers wear their best monochrome outfits for Derby Day. While the dress code revolves around black, white and grey tones, the past few years have seen pastel colours enter the palette. If you are brave enough, it is worth a try!

Lexus Melbourne Cup

If you can only attend one event in the Spring Racing Carnival, Melbourne Cup on November 6 is a must. Melburnians will enjoy a public holiday as they await the 3pm “race that stops the nation”. For those heading to Flemington Racecourse, this is the day to go all out with your spring racing style. The Flemington website sums it up when they say, “fashion with a penchant for drama”.

Kennedy Oaks Day

Two days after Tuesday’s big race, Kennedy Oaks Day is another week-day event. Originally known as “ladies day”, some now call it “blokes’ day”. This day is for more flowy, feminine frocks. Anything elegant and sophisticated is the way to go!

Seppelt Wines Stakes Day

Two days later and racegoers are back at Flemington Racecourse for Seppelt Wines Stakes Day. Stakes Day is colloquially known as “family day” and is an occasion for racegoers young and old. You can expect a much more relaxed atmosphere on this Saturday, which marks the end of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The whole family can colour coordinate their race day attire for something fun.

Myer Fashions on the Field

If you have planned out your outfit and love your look, why not enter the Myer Fashions on the Field competition? Categories include women and men’s racewear, an emerging designer award, millinery award and even family racewear. With great prizes up for grabs, it is definitely worth giving it a shot!

So there you have it, your very own glossary for the Spring Racing Carnival. Which events are you adding to your calendar? Who knows, I might just see you there!

Chelsea Elizabeth xx