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Live: Derby Day kicks off Melbourne Cup carnival

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By Andrew Mcgarry

By Andrew Mcgarry

The Golden Eagle

A little under 870 kms up the road from Flemington, we have another big race to keep an eye on today.

The Golden Eagle (with total prize money of $7.5 million, including $4.1 million to the winner) is Australia’s third-richest race, after the Everest and the Melbourne Cup.

The race is a 1500m event for four-year-old horses, and the start is scheduled for 4:50pm AEDT / 3:50pm AEST.

By Andrew Mcgarry

By Andrew Mcgarry

What’s on the agenda?

There are plenty who deem Derby Day at Flemington the best individual race meeting of the year, and it’s not hard to see why.

  • Four Group One races – The Empire Rose Stakes (3:00pm AEDT / 2:00pm AEST), the Victoria Derby (3:45pm AEDT / 2:45pm AEST), the Coolmore Stud Stakes (4:30pm AEDT / 3:30pm AEST) and the Kennedy Cantala (5:10pm AEDT / 4:10pm AEST)
  • The Group Three Hotham Handicap,(1:00pm AEDT /  midday AEST), which is the last chance for Melbourne Cup hopefuls to earn a spot in Tuesday’s field
  • The Group Two Wakeful Stakes (1:40pm AEDT / 12:40pm AEST), for three-year-old fillies, which is the key marker for next Thursday’s VRC Oaks 

If that wasn’t enough, we have a fair few extra storylines on and off the course as well.

Can Forget You win the Victoria Derby and go on to be the first Australian three-year-old in the Melbourne Cup since Arena in 1998?

Will Spanish Mission pass his final vet’s inspection to take his place in the Melbourne Cup after a suspected infection?

Will Knights Order run well enough in the Hotham for trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and connections to keep the horse in the Cup field?

Oh yes … and there are crowds back on course at the Melbourne Cup Carnival!

By Andrew Mcgarry

Flemington looks a treat as the Melbourne Cup Carnival gets underway. (Getty)

By Sean Baumgart

By Andrew Mcgarry

Welcome to Derby Day!

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is back, and it’s Derby Day at Flemington!

Welcome to ABC Sport’s live online coverage of a big day of racing. My name is Andrew McGarry, and I’m delighted to take you through today’s action.


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