2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival Schedule

by Alan Karre Jr

The Melbourne Cup Carnival starts this week and will be hosted at the Flemington Racetrack. The 4-day festival features one of the biggest horse races in the world (Melbourne Cup). In this article we’re going to walk you through the entire schedule. With plenty of races to bet on you should bookmark this schedule to ensure you don’t miss any of the big races.

Along with all these horse races make sure when you arrive you get a brochure on all of the extra activities Flemington Racetrack will be offering. I know in years passed they have even had games and things to do for the kids around the neighborhood. Just make sure you get all the proper information you will need including after party information. If you would like us to add an event simply contact us and we will get it added.

Day 1 (November 3rd 2012) – AAMI Victoria Derby Day Schedule

The 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival starts this Saturday with the AAMI Victoria Derby Day. There are nine races on the 1st day and four of the races are Group 1 including the AAMI Victoria Derby. The gates open at 8:30AM with the 1st race starting at 11:20AM and the final race beginning at roughly 5:10PM. The 9-race card features many of the best thoroughbreds in Australia.

  • Race 1 (11:20AM): Inglis Carbine Club Stakes (Purse – $251,500) – Group 3 (1600M)
  • Race 2 (12:00PM): Lexus Stakes (Purse – $251,500) – Group 3 (2500M)
  • Race 3 (12:40PM): Wakeful Stakes (Purse – $302,000) – Group 2 (2000M)
  • Race 4 (1:20PM): Coolmore Stud Stakes (Purse – $502,500) – Group 1 (1200M)
  • Race 5 (2:15PM): Longines Mackinnon Stakes (Purse – $1,002,500) – Group 1 (2000M)
  • Race 6 (3:00PM): AAMI Victoria Derby (Purse – $1,510,000) – Group 1 (2500M)
  • Race 7 (3:45PM): Myer Classic (Purse – $502,500) – Group 1 (1600M)
  • Race 8(4:30PM): Yellowglen Stakes (Purse – $302,000) – Group 2 (1200M)
  • Race 9 (5:10PM): Tab.com.au Stakes (Purse – $251,500) – Group 3 (1400M)

Day 2 (November 6th 2012) – Emirates Melbourne Cup Day Schedule

On the 2nd day of the 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival the Melbourne Cup is the main event. The race has a massive $6.2M purse and the best horses in the world compete for the trophy, which is solid gold and worth $175K alone. On Tuesday there are ten races on the card including just the one Group 1 race. While there is only one Group 1 race there are plenty of races to wager on.

  • Race 1 (10:20AM): 7News Plate (Purse – $121,500) – Group LR (1000M)
  • Race 2 (11:00AM): TAB Trophy (Purse – $101,500) – (1700M)
  • Race 3 (11:45AM): Lavazza Long Black (Purse – $101,500) – (2800M)
  • Race 4 (12:30PM): Herald Sun Stakes (Purse – $201,500) – Group 3 (1400M)
  • Race 5 (1:15PM): Schweppes Tonic 1000 (Purse – $101,500) – (1000M)
  • Race 6 (2:00PM): Lexus Hybrid Plate (Purse – $151,000) – Group LR (1400M)
  • Race 7 (3:00PM): Emirates Melbourne Cup (Purse – $6,200,000) – Group 1 (3200M)
  • Race 8 (3:55PM): Diamond Jubilee Plate (Purse – $151,500) – Group LR (1800M)
  • Race 9 (4:35PM): MSS Security Sprint (Purse – $151,500) – Group LR (1200M)
  • Race 10 (5:15PM): Headquarters Tavern Plate (Purse – $101,500) – (1400M)

Day 3 (November 8th 2012) – Crown Oaks Day Schedule

The Crown Oaks Day is Ladies Day at the 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival this month and is on Thursday, November 8th 2012. On this day ladies of all ages are welcomed to dress up in the latest fashion to come out for race day. The Myer Fashions Champion will be announced on this day at the carnival and there is also a full card of nine races on the schedule for the 2012 Crown Oaks Day.

  • Race 1 (12:20PM): Visit Victoria Plate (Purse – $101,500) – (1800M)
  • Race 2 (1:00PM): Swiss Wellness Trophy (Purse – $151,500) – (1700M)
  • Race 3 (1:40PM): G.H. Mumm Stakes (Purse – $151,500) – Group LR (1100M)
  • Race 4 (2:20PM): Gucci Icons of Heritage Stakes (Purse – $151,500) – Group LR (1200M)
  • Race 5 (3:00PM): TCL 3D TV Plate (Purse – $101,500) – (1400M)
  • Race 6 (3:40PM): Crown Oaks (Purse 1,005,000) – Group 1 (2500M)
  • Race 7 (4:25PM): Myer Spring Fashion Stakes (Purse – $151,500) – Group LR (1800M)
  • Race 8 (5:10PM): 50 Years of Fashions on the Field Stakes (Purse – $151,500) – Group LR (1000M)
  • Race 9 (5:50PM): Grazia Ultimate Style (Purse – $101,500) – (1600M)

Day 4 (November 10th 2012) – Emirates Stakes Day Schedule

The final day of the 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival is Family Day at Flemington and in the past few years it has become the most popular day in terms of people at the track. There are two Group 1 races on the schedule on day 4 and nine races in total. Apart from the races there are lots of activities for children at the track in “The Zone”, so make sure you bring the kids out.

  • Race 1 (11:30AM): The Hong Kong JC Maribyrnong Plate (Purse – $151,500) – Group 3 (1000M)
  • Race 2 (12:10PM): Momentum Energy Trophy (Purse – $101,500) – (1600M)
  • Race 3 (12:50PM): Antler Luggage Handicap (Purse – $101,500) – (2000M)
  • Race 4 (1:30PM): Hilton Hotel Stakes (Purse – $151,500) – Group LR (1400M)
  • Race 5 (2:15PM): Patinack Farm Classic (Purse – $1,002,500) – Group 1 (1200M)
  • Race 6 (3:00PM): Emirates Stakes (Purse – $1,005,000) – Group 1 (1600M)
  • Race 7 (3:45PM): Matriarch Stakes (Purse – $302,000) – Group 2 (2000M)
  • Race 8 (4:30PM): Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Purse – $251,00) – Group 3 (2600M)
  • Race 9 (5:10PM): Emirates Airline Handicap (Purse – $101,500) – (1400M)

As you can see in this schedule listing there is so much to do. As always be safe when you attending these events and if your looking for things to do after the races ask around. Folks are decent at Flemington and won’t be shy on where you can attend for after parties and other events.