Melbourne Cup Day is the single biggest event on the Australian horse racing calendar as it is host to the country’s premier thoroughbred event, the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Sponsored by Emirates, Melbourne Cup Day 2014 is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 and is the second of four major spring meetings that make up the classic Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival kicks off on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day with Victoria Derby Day and concludes the following Saturday with Emirates Stakes Day.
Along with Melbourne Cup Day on the Tuesday, which attracts in excess of 100,000 spectators at the track, race fans and punters are also treated to another midweek event with Crown Oaks Day for the ladies on the Thursday.
A total of ten Melbourne Cup Day races will take place this year with the 2014 Melbourne Cup the sole Group 1 event on the program.
Other highlights on the Melbourne Cup Day schedule however include a Group 3 event and as many as four Listed features.
The premier event is of course the ‘race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup, which runs as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (AEDST) every Melbourne Cup Day.
The 2014 Melbourne Cup Trophy is valued at an incredible $175,000 this year and is crafted, as usual, by Hardy Brothers Jewellers. Made from 34 separate pieces of gold, the trophy is crafted by hand, with over 200 hours spent beating the gold.
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2014 Melbourne Cup Day Race Schedule
The final Melbourne Cup Day schedule for 2014 will be released soon. Below is the preliminary 2014 Melbourne Cup race card.
- Race 1 – Ottawa Stakes (1000m)
- Race 2 – Schweppes #FlemingtonFling (1000m)
- Race 3 – Desirable Stakes (1400m)
- Race 4 – Always Welcome Stakes (1200m)
- Race 5 – Emirates Airline Plate (1400m)
- Race 6 – Melbourne Cup Day Plate (1800m)
- Race 7 – Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m)
- Race 8 – @FlemingtonVRC Vase (2800m)
- Race 9 – Maybe Mahal Stakes (1400m)
- Race 10 – Mares Handicap (1700m)
All times are in local time – Melbourne, Victoria – AEDST