The Melbourne Cup Carnival winds up with a family affair – Emirates Stakes Day. After the hustle and bustle of the other carnival meetings, this afternoon features a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with the fashion being an interesting mix of understated style and fun! On the famous Flemington track, the feature race is the Group 1 Emirates Stakes. It is backed up by the VRC Sprint, a race won twice by Australia’s super-mare Black Caviar (2010 & 2011). Along with the many free activities and live entertainment for children of all ages, there’s also the Emirates Stakes Day Kids’ Fashions on the Field – giving younger racegoers and families the opportunity to impress in the fashion stakes and win great prizes.
This initiative was first introduced in 2004 and has become very popular with the large crowds. The official flower of Emirates Stakes Day is the red rose. Emirates Stakes Day is also known as VRC Stakes Day and Family Day. Held on the Saturday following the Melbourne Cup, the traditional closing day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival has been going since 1861. By Emirates Stakes Day 2014, the total stakes pool for the nine race program, which includes five group events, will pass $3.2m.
|RACE NAME||STATUS||PRIZE MONEY||DISTANCE||RACE TYPE||RACE CODE|
|MARIBYRNONG PLATE||GR3||$150,000||1000m||2YO SW||-|
|HILTON STAKES||LR||$150,000||1400m||3YO HANDICAP||-|
|STARLIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION PLATE||-||$120,000||2000m||HANDICAP||-|
|ANTLER LUGGAGE HANDICAP||-||$120,000||1600m||HANDICAP||-|
|EMIRATES AIRLINE HANDICAP||-||$120,000||1400m||4YO+ HANDICAP||-|
|EMIRATES STAKES||GR1||$2,000,000||1200m||3YO+ WFA||-|
|QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES||GR3||$300,000||2600m||QUALITY||-|
|MATRIARCH STAKES||GR2||$300,000||2000m||4YO+ M SW+PEN||-|