If you attend the Spring Racing Carnival regularly you will know that each race day has its signature flower, and wearing the right flower is part of the tradition.
You would think it should be easy to know which flower to wear on what day. After all, all four race days of Carnival week are held at Flemington Racetrack, and Flemington is famous for its roses. However, it’s not that easy and wearing the right colour rose on the proper day is ever so important. Especially for the gents who tend to wear them in their buttonholes.
So here is your guide to the big four races and few extras for fun.
Derby Day = The Blue Cornflower. Also known as Batchelor’s Button
Melbourne Cup Day = The Yellow Rose. I can usually remember that the yellow rose is the flower for Melbourne Cup because I often just tip an omen bet for the cup and it almost always has something to do with reminding me of the US. So I think “the yellow rose of Texas” and put a bet on “Delta Blue” because of the song “Walking in Memphis”, or “Americain” because even though it’s a French horse it sounds so American. I have managed to tip a few winners in the past that way!
Oaks Day = The Pink Rose. Which makes sense if you remember that Oaks Day is Ladies Day and is about girlie, feminine looks.
Emirates Stakes Day = The Red Rose.
And just for fun and for those of you who aren’t familiar. Two of the greatest horses in Australia during the past 10 years have been Fillies/Mares. Makybe Diva won the Melbourne Cup three times and Black Caviar is unbeaten on two continents and 20 races! Go Girl Power!
Spring Racing, it’s traditions aren’t just about the racing. We have seen Fashions on the Field grow to a huge tradition that guides the ladies on what to wear to each race and an even older race related tradition is that of the flower.
Hope you tip a winner!
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