Today is Oaks Day at Flemington, Melbourne Australia – more fashion, good and bad, and more horse racing!!
The Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day are part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival – the Derby last Saturday and Emirates Stakes Day next Saturday are also part of the Carnival. The Melbourne Cup is by far the most famous and followed race though!! However all race days call for “fashion” !! There is strict etiquette among the fashionistas.
Dressing for the races isn’t the same as dressing for a nightclub! Oh no siree; getting dressed for Flemington means respecting the tradition of dressing smartly and appropriately for each of the race days.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival comes with strict race wear etiquette for both ladies and gents. The tradition stems from a very formal dress code handed down through the generations by racing clubs and their proud members.
Cup week begins with AAMI Victoria Derby Day, the day for classic elegance, which sets the pace for the entire week. Traditionally, a monochrome (black and white) colour scheme for women has been the prominent palette, while men often chose to wear a grey morning suit, peacock vest and pin-stripe pants
Emirates Melbourne Cup Day… the race that stops the nation. A day where the ladies can inject some colour into their dresses and accessories, Today you can make a bold statement in terms of colour; and for men, a beautifully cut suit, with a tie that compliments your ladies ensemble, is perfect. It is the day to make your strongest fashion statement or wear something (tastefully) daring.
Crown Oaks Day is an occasion for the ladies to express their own signature style, amid a spectacular racing backdrop. Traditionally known as ladies day, it’s important to look stylishly feminine, achieved by choosing clothes that fit your body type and personality. Choose dresses that flow over your body, like chiffon and silk, or styles that feature floral prints or lace detailing. Team your frocks with a flower crown or complimentary colourful fascinator. Ideal suiting shades for men include navy, linen and light grey.
The final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival is Emirates Stakes Day. Traditionally known as family day at Flemington, is the most relaxed of the four days of the carnival. It’s the day for the littlies to show their style and a chance for older girls and boys to inject a pleasant mix of understated style and fun. The key is maintaining a classic look without too looking conservative.
Headwear across all the race days for ladies is a must. This spring expect to see lots of hats including boaters, pillboxes, trilbies and fedoras, which look fabulous with structured dresses and two-piece suits for the more mature lady. These hat styles look gorgeous finished with netting over the eyes or vintage jewel embellishments.
You can never go wrong with a well made, quality designed fascinator (either headband or comb style, depending on your personal preference). Bows, brooches and gemstones are also on-trend as under stated headwear options.
Gents, for a formal finishing touch on each of the days, pop a flower for your buttonhole. Each meeting has an official nominated flower;
a cornflower for Derby Day
a yellow rose for Melbourne Cup Day
a pink rose for Oaks Day
and for Emirates Stakes Day, a red rose.
Flowers, especially roses are an important component of the week's racing at Flemington. The racecourse has around 12,000 roses within its large expanse. Over 200 varieties of the fragrant flower are nurtured by a team of up to 12 gardeners. Each of the major racedays at Flemington has an official flower. Victoria Derby Day has the Corn Flower, Melbourne Cup Day is for the Yellow Rose, Oaks Day highlights the Pink Rose and Stakes Day goes to the Red Rose.
The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s richest race each year with prize money for the race totalling $6 million dollars. The prize pool is split into ten different sums for the first ten horses to cross the finish line in the race.
The amount on prize money is so great in the Melbourne Cup that finishing tenth gets connections, jockey and trainer $125,000 which is as good as winning many Listed or Group races during the year.
The prize money for a horse that finishes in the top ten is split into three parts:
• The riding jockey of the horse receives 5% of the prize money.
• The trainer of the horse receives 10% of the prize money.
• The owner or owners of the horse receive the remaining 85% of the earnings.
Melbourne Cup prize money : 1st: $3,600,000
But even though the prize money is worth having – the race is contested by a number of overseas horses because it has become “the “ race to win!! Winning the Melbourne Cup is extremely prestigious.
More than $60 mil was bet on the race this year!!
104 thousand people were at the track on Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday
And for the record – I don’t bet – never have, I believe I have better things to do with my money than give it to the bookies and the Government!!