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2020 Seppelt Wines Stakes Day

The Melbourne Cup Carnival concluded with Seppelt Wines Stakes Day, which saw Arcadia Queen take out the $2 million feature race of the day, the Group 1 Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes.

The Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) provided an emotional win for Grant Williams, co-trainer of wonderful mare Arcadia Queen who will return to her home state of Western Australia for a break after winning her second Group 1 this spring.

Globetrotting mare True Self won the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) for the second year in a row and took home a $200,000 bonus after being balloted from the Lexus Melbourne Cup.

Bivouac confirmed his status as one of the nation’s best sprinters with a brilliant performance in the Group 1 Darley Sprint Classic (1200m). Champion jockey Glen Boss was in the saddle as Bivouac defeated Nature Strip and Libertini to take his earnings past $5 million.

Throughout the Carnival 441 horses competed in 37 races, representing an average field size of 11.9 runners. The four race cards, offering nearly $24 million in prize money, saw 25 individual trainer and 19 jockeys enjoy victory.

The JB Cummings Excellence Award went to Flemington trainers Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig for their outstanding Melbourne Cup Carnival achievements, and the Ron Hutchinson Excellence Award was a tie between jockeys Hugh Bowman and Damien Oliver.

Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said racing had been the centrepiece in a Melbourne Cup Carnival like no other. “We saw impressive fields across the week, and some true champions emerge,” Mr Wilson said. “With this year’s Carnival being closed to crowds, we were inspired to create a memorable at-home experience for our members, owners and racing fans, no matter where they were watching.”

“Special appearances and performances by some of Australia’s greatest artists including Kylie Minogue, Delta Goodrem, Jon Stevens, Pete Murray and The Rubens brought the buzz of Flemington to every viewer.

The VRC strengthened its commitment to the community with the launch of the Melbourne Cup Foundation on the eve of this year’s Cup, underpinned by three core pillars representing the three handles of the Cup trophy; honouring the Past, enhancing the Present and shaping the Future.

Coverage of the Lexus Melbourne Cup took on an even greater significance as racing fans flocked to bars, restaurants and parks across Australia to watch the great race.

Flemington Racecourse looked spectacular for the broadcast, with the track in peak condition and the famous roses in full bloom. The VRC’s gardeners have started to cut bouquets of the roses, which are being distributed, with the support of Rotary Flemington, to say a very special thank you to frontline workers and local community organisations.

Myer Fashions on the Field became Myer Fashions on your Front Lawn, an all-online competition for the first time ever.

The Myer Fashions on your Front Lawn National Final culminated on Kennedy Oaks Day with the Northern Territory claiming the quinella, taking out both the Men’s and Women’s National Final.

It is the first year the VRC and Myer have opened up the national competition to residents of the Northern Territory.

Christine Spielmann won the women’s competition wearing a self-designed and self-made purple pant suit and belt with a wide-brimmed hat.

Sherlon Garbo took out the first ever men’s national competition wearing a three-piece suit with striking colorful accessories.

Both Christine and Sherlon will receive more than $80,000 in prizes each including a brand new Lexus UX250h 2WD Sports Luxury valued at $70,070, a money can’t buy 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival experience, a Myer gift card, TCL Entertainment package and Antler Luggage voucher.

The 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival also marked the last Carnival to be presided over by Chairman Amanda Elliott, with the Board honouring the outgoing Chairman for her more than 18 years of service to the VRC with a race in her honour, the listed Amanda Elliott.


Arcadia Queen after winning Race 8, the Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes, during 2020 Seppelt Wines Stakes Day.
Jockey Luke Currie rides Arcadia Queen to win Race 8, the Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes, during 2020 Seppelt Wines Stakes Day.




















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