Most of us have grown up with some knowledge about the Melbourne Cup — at my primary school we did class sweeps with chocolate as the prizes — but what about the other race days? To give us the lowdown on the different events and what they represent, we turned to Emma Freedman, who you may recognise from her on-air presenting roles with Channel Nine. Emma is also a racing ambassador for David Jones, and her family has been in the racing business for years — so she’s definitely a girl in the know!
Derby Day (Saturday, Oct. 30)
“Derby Day is the day that all racing purists look forward to — every race is what we call ‘black type’ where the prize money is big, the class is superior and the wider prize of pride and acknowledgement is high. It is also a day to embrace classic race wear in black and white.”
Melbourne Cup (Tuesday, Nov. 1)
“Cup day isn’t called the race that stops the nation for nothing! The Melbourne Cup is one of those races that inspires any racing fan; the image of the trophy is etched in people’s minds, and more often than not people can at least recall a couple of Cup winners. It is also the race that many international trainers, owners and jockeys target, and this year’s field reflects this suitably!”
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Oaks Day (Thursday, Nov. 3)
“Oaks day on Thursday is all about the ladies, both the 3-year-old fillies on the track and the gorgeous gals who go along for a great time!”
Stakes Day (Saturday, Nov. 5)
“It all wraps up on Stakes day on the following Saturday, which is a family affair. Bring the kids, pack a picnic for the lawn and soak up which is usually a much more relaxed atmosphere.”