Melbourne Cup Carnival 2017 Tips
The Melbourne Cup Carnival 2017 is the biggest and most attendant week of Racing in any given year. Four meetings are held over the week of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and all are held at the home of Racing in Australia, Flemington racecourse. The Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington racecourse hosts the four largest meetings over the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival between 4 and 11 November. It will have 37 races in total and prizemoney in the tens of millions of dollars. Heroes and legends are made in this week and fortunes will be won and lost. Meetings being held over the Melbourne Cup Carnival are:
Saturday 4 November – Victoria Derby Day
Tuesday 7 November – Melbourne Cup Day
Thursday 9 November – VRC Derby Day
Saturday 11 November – Emirates Day
Melbourne Cup Carnival 2017 With iTipsports
iTipsports Racing will be there with you all the way with our man Pete Brinky, who is one of Australia’s most experienced Melbourne Racing form analyst to help you with your Melbourne Cup tipping and betting. Our Melbourne racing tips will give you the edge during the Carnival.
Victoria Derby Day – Saturday November 4
The Carnival kicks off in spectacular fashion with the three year old classic Victoria Derby Day. This is one of Australia’s oldest three year old raced and is held over 2500m as the richest and most prestigious races in the nation and is worth prizemoney of $1.5 million.
All in all there are five Group 1, one Group 2 and three Group 3 races on Derby Day with total stake money on the day of about $4.5 million. Prized Icon was the winner of the 2016 Victoria Derby, the year prior was the highly rated Tarzino.
The key races on Victoria Derby Day as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival are:
Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby $1.5 million
Group 1 Cantala Stakes 1600m $1 million
Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes 1200m $500,000
Group 1 Wakeful Stakes 2000m $250,000 3yo fillies
Group 1 Myer Classic 1600m $500,000 FM WFA G1
Group 3 Carbine Club G3 1600 3YO
Group 2 Salinger Stakes 1200m $250,000
Group 3 The Lexus Stakes 2500m
Group 3 Begonia Belle Stakes 1100m
Melbourne Cup Carnival 2 – Tuesday 7 November
It is a massive day of Racing with ten races on the card typically starting around 10.40am AEST. The Melbourne Cup is run over 3200m and has a maximum field of 24 horses who have all qualified to run.
Of recent times, the Melbourne Cup has become a race with worldwide status and many overseas horses from the Northern Hemisphere now compete for the Melbourne Cup.
iTipsports Melbourne Cup tips are sent out the day before the big race to ensure you are fully prepared for the big day
Some of the key points of Melbourne Cup Day are:
What time does the Melbourne Cup start? 3pm AEST
What race is the Melbourne Cup on the days meeting: Race 7
How many races are there on Melbourne Cup Day? 10
How long does the Melbourne Cup go for? About 3 minutes 22 seconds
What is the prizemoney of the Melbourne Cup this year? $6.2 million
How much prizemoney does the winner of the Melbourne Cup receive? $3.6 million
What is the biggest ever Melbourne Cup crowd? 122,736
VRC Oaks Day – Thursday 9 November
Oaks Day is held on the Thursday, two days after the Melbourne Cup and is also know as Ladies Day as part of Melbourne Cup Week and the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The VRC Oaks is a race for 3 year old fillies and is a staying race run over 2500m and has prizemoney of $1 million. Last years winner was the Sydney horse Lasqueti Spirit, who was the bolter in every sense winning at the odds of 101-1. In 2015 Jameka won the VRC Oaks who then went on to win the 2016 Caulfield Cup. The largest ever crowd for the VRC Oaks Day is 110,677 and typically has crowds around the 80,000.
Many people, especially ladies hence the nickname “Ladies day” who cannot get to the Melbourne Cup on the Tuesday typically come to the Thursday meeting for a spectacular day of Racing.
Emirates Day – Sat 11 November
Emirates Day is the fourth and final day of a hectic week of Racing during the Melbourne Cup Carnival as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The main race of this meeting is the Group 1 Emirates Stakes, a weight for age race over 2000m and prizemoney of $2 million. The Emirates Stakes is the former McKinnon Stakes, which was run on Derby Day and was used as a major lead up race to the Melbourne Cup. However, trainers and owners have changed to other lead up races so the VRC very cleverly have shifted this race to this meeting with a major prizemoney boost as a alone race.
Emirates Day is also known as Family Day, to appeal to parents and families who have not been able to bring children to Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day and Oaks Day because of the near or over 100,000 crowds but bring them to the last meeting of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The major races over Emirates Day are:
Group 1 Emirates Stakes prizemoney $2 million 2000m WFA
Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic $1 million 1200m WFA
Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes $250,000 2600m
Group 3 Matriarch Stakes $250,000 2000m mares only
Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate $150,000 1000m 2 year olds