Although the Autumn Carnival in Melbourne is not as high profile as the Spring, it does feature three great days of racing. Blue Diamond Day at Caulfield and consecutive Saturdays at Flemington. Australian Guineas followed by Super Saturday, featuring the Newmarket Handicap and the Australian Cup (two Group 1 races). These are some of my favourite meets of the year. If you love the races but not a fan of the crowds then this is your chance to get involved. Both tracks complement the Autumn racing with loads of other activities.
The Blue Diamond Stakes is a Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race for two-year-olds, at set weights, run over 1200 metres at Caulfield. It is Victoria’s richest two-year-old race with total prize money of A$1.0 million. It’s not all about the horses though. On the day The Blue Diamond Summer Style Stakes will showcase the best in summer racing fashion with entrants swapping their stilettoes and structured looks for the flowing and tailored casual looks of summer. With a share in over $40,000 in prizes up for grabs, it is an event not to be missed.
After Caulfield, like the Spring, we head to Flemington and the Melbourne Autumn weather really showcases her beautiful grounds. Once again this year the Flemington lawn will be home to the Grazing Trail and Cellar Door on Super Saturday. It is a spectacular display of boutique wines, breweries and some of the finest produce Victoria has to offer. There will also be cooking demonstrations from Victoria’s leading chefs. I have had the privilege of attending this event since it came to Flemington and I got to hang out with Master Chef Matt Preston and John Lawson of Number 8 Restaurant at Crown. With gourmet food and wine, various children’s activities and Group 1 racing there is no better place to be than the famous Flemington Lawn!