Held on the Saturday prior to the Emirates Melbourne Cup, The Victoria Derby has the equal biggest purse ($1,500,000) of any race outside of the big 3 in Victoria (Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup), and is widely considered the highest quality racing day across the entire Spring Carnival, being the only race day in Australia in which all races have a Group Status.
Traditionally the dress code for the day is black and white attire, and as the fame of Myer Fashions on the Field has grown, particularly on Crown Oaks Day or ‘Ladies Day’, Derby Day has become ‘Men’s Day’ in the Fashion Stakes for racegoers.
Between 2000 and 2010, Derby Day rarely pulled a crowd of less than 100,000 spectators, often outperforming the Melbourne Cup itself, including a record crowd for Flemington Racecourse of 129,089 in 2006.
With crowds falling below 100,000 in recent years, Derby Day presents itself as a great opportunity to attend a major race day with clients, staff, family or friends.
If you are entertaining some clients that you want to really impress, The Terrace Restaurant is a great option and will impress your clients with a true VIP experience. With uninterrupted views of the winning post and a gourmet three-course lunch, this is sure to win you some business.
Race days are a great way to reward hard working staff. It gives your employees a chance to get out of the office and enjoy each other's company in a social environment without the stress of work on your mind. The Makybe Diva Marquee will provide a great atmosphere for your staff to relax and enjoy the racing, whilst still being a good value for money so it won't break the bank.
If you are taking your family along to Derby Day, the Skyline Restaurant is a great option to dine and watch the racing. A three-course plated meal, reserved seat in the Hill Stand and private betting facilities in the restaurant, this option will suit anyone looking for a more exclusive experience.
The Home Straight Enclosure is perfect for a group of friends looking to get up close to the action. Located in the centre of the track, this marquee allows you to get as close to the horses as possible, with the rails of the track being just meters from the marquee. This plus food and beverages, outdoor furniture and a live band, the enclosure provides an all round entertainment experience.