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Spring Carnival 2016

July - November 2016


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Spring Carnival Events


Ahhhh… Spring… birds a-tweeting, bees a-buzzing and… horses a-snorting. Yes folks, ask any self-respecting racing fan, or even an average Aussie punter, and they’d tell you the season has little to do with birds and bees and everything to do with horses. And nothing celebrates spring and horses like the Melbourne Spring Carnival 2016. Just as caterpillars emerge from their cocoons as brightly coloured butterflies, women emerge from their homes wearing strange-looking, bright-coloured hats; and men dust off their ill-fitting suits while pondering how the fabric shrunk so badly over winter.

Top 3 Major Races


There are many events held throughout the Spring Carnival Racing calendar – many official, and many just ‘unofficially’ adopted. The top 3 Major races include:

Melbourne Spring Carnival Fast Facts

  • There are 15 Group 1s in total over the course of the 50-day program.
  • Racing is good for retail: some 46,000 (silly) hats, 57,000 pairs of shoes and 30,000 handbags are sold.
  • Each major race has a signature flower. The yellow rose is the floral emblem of the Melbourne Cup. Watch out though, horses love chowing down on roses.

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2016 Spring Carnival Calendar