Secretariat, Phar Lap, Seabiscuit and Black Caviar.
These are names that we’ve all heard growing up. The names of legends in whose name many punters have lost or won dollars and dimes.
With them a culture of exuberance has emerged as racegoers wear their most fashionable attire and cheer their champagne glasses to celebrate a tradition that dates back to 1840 when The Melbourne Racecourse, now Flemington, was used as a racecourse for the first time.
With the Caulfield Cup in sight, Australians and internationals alike are flocking to the stores for new fascinators, dresses, heels, pressing their suits, polishing their shoes, spraying their tans and styling their hair because the race days are as much about fashion as they are about the race. Caulfield features The Chadstone Fashion Stakes, a highlight on Australia’s fashion calendar, when attendees showcase the best of classic style racewear during the Caulfield Cup Carnival. Melbourne’s $2.65 million Caulfield Cup Day – the height of the BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival—is on the 19th of October. Yet this is only the warm up for the Sport of Kings as the Melbourne Cup is hot on its heels.
Undoubtedly the pinnacle of the Australian racing calendar, The Melbourne Cup day, mixes Australia’s celebrities and most well-off into a crowd of more than 100,000. Flamboyant racegoers take part in the iconic Fashions on the Field and all those lucky enough to attend enjoy the revelry as they watch the world’s greatest thoroughbreds clash on Melbourne’s oldest and greatest racecourse, Flemington. This is an event that turns on every Australian television, even if it’s only for Cup race. It’s such an iconic day it even grants a public holiday in Victoria.
If you’re not in Victoria for this, it’s surely one of the best times of the year to take a vacation there.
And once the dust settles there’s only a collection of broken heels wedged into the lawn, bins overflowing with plastic cups and cans and an entire Australian state with a hangover. But also a new racehorse legend is born and all those at Flemington were there to witness it.
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