Derby Day is the first of four races that make up the Melbourne Cup Carnival — the culmination and highlight of Spring Racing Carnival, the week where sheer excitement alone is almost enough to sustain the jockeys, trainers, owners, punters, and even the well-dressed crowd.
On this day, the AAMI Derby, a group 1 thoroughbred race, is run at Flemington. At stake is fame, glory, a trophy worth over $10,000 and cash prizes well worth over a million.
Derby Day fashion is one of the most iconic of the season — dress code is traditionally monochromatic black and white, and the operative word of the day is “elegant.” Pull out all the stops, fillies: this isn’t the time to hold back.
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