VRC Stakes day
The VRC Stakes day (also known as the Emirates Stakes day), is the final day of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington Racecourse. Stakes Day is held on the Saturday directly following Melbourne Cup Day (the first Tuesday in November). The 'Stakes' were first run in 1881.
Stakes Day is also known as Family Day of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, with extra events aimed at children and families scheduled throughout the day. A popular event introduced from 2004 is the Emirates Kids' Fashions on the Field, giving youngsters the opportunities to impress at the track alongside their adult counterparts. Stakes Day is one of the fastest growing events on the Australian Racing Calendar, and is popular with crowds because of its relaxed and casual atmosphere.
- 2006 - 78,151
- 2005 - 61,382