Melbourne Cup Lunch

"There're off and racing"... to the newly renovated Harbour Rocks Hotel located within the historic Rocks Precinct, where you can celebrate Melbourne Cup in Sydney's newest restaurant, Scarlett.

The Melbourne Cup has a long-standing tradition in Sydney and all across Australia. It has been bringing people together since the first grand opening in 1861, and since then it is Australia's most well-known annual Thoroughbred horse race. If you’re one of the many fans of the Cup, you should consider booking a table for the Melbourne Cup Lunch in the famous Scarlett Restaurant.

The Scarlett Restaurant is a part of the Harbour Rocks Hotel, which is located in the central area of Sydney, within walking distance of all major attractions. With a view on the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, there is not much one can ask for when it comes to a classic Sydney panorama. The fare choices for the Melbourne Cup Lunch are scrumptious, and the atmosphere of the place is filled with excitement and fans cheering on their favourites.

You will feel like you’re on the Flemington Racecourse, surrounded with friends, eating flavoursome cuisine. Furthermore, if you’re looking for accommodation, the Harbour Rocks Hotel can offer you a palette of choices. We feature stylish and cozy rooms for every occasion. Our Heritage rooms come in standard, superior and deluxe sizes, and we even have spacious suites if you want to indulge in luxury.

Everything you need to know about the Melbourne Cup

As we mentioned above, the Melbourne Cup is an annual occurrence, and it is the richest "two-mile" handicap in the world, which can explain all the excitement and euphoria it brings to the people. It might as well be the reason it’s called "the race that stops a nation." The glorious horses run over a distance of 3,200 metres at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, and almost everyone in the country follows the results with prolonged anticipation.

With an initial entry fee of $600 per horse, each year over 400 horses are nominated to enter the race. However, only 24 are selected for starters. They go through three acceptance circles and a final round that costs $45,375. The factors that determine the ballot are 1000 prize money earned in the previous two years, nine wins or placings in certain lead-up races and three allocated handicap weight. However, the prize money is also very tempting, with $7,300,000 for the Cup winner in 2018. We have seen exponential growth in the last couple of years.

In the distant 1861, the winner got a golden watch, by 1865 it was an elegant silver bowl made in England. It was 1876 when Edward Fischer, an immigrant from Austria, manufactured the first Australian-made trophy for the Cup. The first genuinely golden trophy was made in 1916, which was crafted as a three-legged, three-armed rose bowl. By 1919, James Steeth designed the trophy, still used today, known around the world as the iconic Melbourne Cup.

If you find all of that interesting, and if you’re one of the fans filled with excitement and joy over the Cup, you should consider the themed Melbourne Cup Lunch at the Scarlett Restaurant.