First Day Of Spring Melbourne Cup News

It’s Australia’s original major event, worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the Victorian economy, and on the first day of spring the Melbourne Cup Carnival brought Melbourne’s CBD to a standstill.

A tram-load of racing royalty arrived in Melbourne’s city centre on the iconic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant for the red carpet arrival of the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy into Southern Cross Station.

Flemington’s Clerk of the Course for more than 50 years, John “Patto” Patterson, carried the $175,000 trophy, leading the 30-strong group of household names and racing’s grassroots unsung heroes.

Jockey Glen Boss—who partnered with Makybe Diva for her three Cup wins and Bart Cumming’s champion — was joined by fellow hoop Chris Symons, both too superstitious to touch this year’s trophy before having the chance to win it for themselves on the first Tuesday in November.

And while it’s the jockeys and horses that compete on the world stage when they headline the Melbourne Cup Carnival, it’s also one of the biggest annual events on the calendar for milliners and fashion designers.

Last year a staggering 375,938 individual fashion items were purchased in Victoria specifically to wear to the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington. Myer milliners Kim Fletcher, Melissa Jackson and Kerrie Stanley and Myer designer Dom Bagnato, regular judges of Flemington’s iconic Myer Fashions on the Field competition, were on hand to celebrate the importance of the Carnival to the fashion sector.

Adding further style and colour were a host of fashionable faces including this year’s Miss World Australia runner-up and Myer Fashions on the Field regular Alex Hecker, 2014 Myer Fashions on the Field national winner Brodie Worrell, fashionista and Black Caviar connection Alison Saville, and racing regulars and models Bree Laughlin, Rebecca Stoneman and Kirsten Clemens.

“The VRC commits $50 million to deliver the Melbourne Cup Carnival, which in turn contributes more than $370 million to the state each year, and attracts around 70,000 visitors to Melbourne,” Victoria Racing Club Chief Executive Simon Love said.

The activity kicks off two days of public celebrations at Southern Cross Station, where the VRC’s Racing Royalty campaign is being brought to life. Racing fans have the opportunity to ascend the throne for a royal portrait with the Emirates Melbourne Cup and take home keepsake photos, meet racing royalty, enjoy free manicures and win a money-can’t-buy Melbourne Cup Carnival experience.

Spring racing returns to Flemington on Saturday 12 September with Sofitel Girls’ Day Out before Turnbull Stakes Day presented by Yellowglen on Sunday 4 October.

The four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival, comprised of AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, Crown Oaks Day and Emirates Stakes Day, runs from 31 October to 7 November.

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