Categories for Recruitment


August 24, 2017


Victoria’s leading hospitality training school – Complete Hospitality Training – has formed a strategic partnership with the state’s leading hospitality recruitment service provider – Hotelstaff – to provide hospitality graduates of the school with practical placement opportunities and guaranteed job placements* on successful completion of their course.

Complete Hospitality Training is an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO #3722), with its Melbourne-based subsidiary Victorian Bar School being renowned as Victoria’s premium training school for baristas, mixologists, and hospitality staff.

“This is truly a first in the Australian hospitality industry, and we’re extraordinarily proud to partner with Hotelstaff to offer our students guaranteed work placement immediately after graduation,” said Warrick Steabben, CEO of Complete Hospitality Training.

Supplying solid recruitment solutions to the Victorian hospitality industry since 1986, Hotelstaff enjoys a reputation of providing high quality and highly trained staff to local industry players. The company has built up an enviable network of the state’s best hoteliers, restaurateurs, caterers, café proprietors, bar and club owners, and is known for stringently assuring only the highest calibre staff are recommended to venues.

“Our partnership with Complete Hospitality Training underlines our faith in the well-trained and fantastic can-do attitudes we consistently see in their graduates that we interview on behalf of the industry,” explains Nathan Szprinc, Managing Director of Hotelstaff.

Complete Hospitality Training students undertaking Certificate IV in Hospitality will have the opportunity for industry practical placements through the Hotelstaff alliance during their course, to commence building real-life work experience to include in their CVs.

All successful graduates of Complete Hospitality Training will also be guaranteed a four-week, paid job placement* on completion of their course with one of Hotelstaff’s selected leading hospitality employers, who have agreed to participate in this amazing industry initiative.

“This is a fantastic head-start for graduates to be able to step straight into a job on completion of their studies,” continues Steabben, “and those who seize the opportunity with both hands will be the winners, as they step firmly onto the first rung of their career.”

Complete Hospitality Training

Victorian Bar School


*Successful graduates of Complete Hospitality Training courses will be eligible for guaranteed job placements with a leading hospitality employer for a minimum of 4 hours per week over a four-week period.

That’s a wrap…

December 15, 2016


That’s a wrap….

Thank you to all our very loyal clients for a great year in 2016. Hotelstaff had one of its busiest years to date and we enjoyed every minute of it.

Here at Hotelstaff, we work hard, but we also have fun (only in the downtimes!). Our internal staff have worked tirelessly to ensure all our clients’ needs are met and our field staff have been placed in the right areas, at the right times, wearing the right uniform and basically, just being the best staff there is!

Our permanent consultants have had huge success in 2016 placing world class Chefs in world class venues throughout the world and holding our executive search business in high stead.

I would personally like to thank each of our Hotelstaff team for their dedication and commitment and excellent results during 2016.  Thank you to our clients for the trust you instil in our team, our field staff and permanent staff.

We look forward to a great 2017.

Enjoy the holidays and Happy New Year.

nathan sig

Nathan Szprinc

Managing Director

That’s a wrap…

November 15, 2016

SRC horses backsides

That’s a wrap.

The 2016 Spring Racing Carnival is over!

This year saw Hotelstaff employ in excess of 750 experienced hospitality staff including wait staff, baristas, bar tenders and chefs.

Our staff worked Caulfield, Moonee Valley and Flemington racetracks as well as at racing related events across the carnival.  Hotelstaff’s team provided the highest standard of hospitality service to the punters, members and A-listers whilst enjoying one of the most celebrated events in Melbourne.

We want to thank each and every one of you.


To our clients, thank you!

Hotelstaff is honoured to collaborate and provide the highest respected group of staff to your major events, which just keep getting better and better.

Our passion for working closely with clients and staff to ensure these events run smoothly and the guests are treated to a second to none experience is unwavering.

Cheers everyone!!!

From the hardworking team at Hotelstaff.

Major events: Our top 10 TIPS and tricks of the trade!

October 11, 2016

hospo staff 1With Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne well underway, with Caulfield Guineas been and gone and Caulfield Cup this Saturday, things are heating up and we are on our way to the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Hotelstaff boasts over 250 staff a day out at some of the major Spring Racing Carnival events and although we are always providing imperative advice to our staff, we thought we would put some tips together. Most of them are obvious, but a gentle reminder never hurt!!!

And if you have any of your own tips, let us know of course.

  1. Drink lots of water – stay hydrated! A very obvious one, but probably the most important.
  2. Be on time – give yourself extra time in the morning so you are not panicking and you have time to prepare and meet with the appropriate people when you arrive.
  3. Dress appropriately and according to protocol. Simple. If you are not dressed correctly, you won’t work.
  4. Exercise – do what you like. A quick run, walk, yoga or some weights will keep the blood pumping and keep you energised.
  5. Rest up between shifts, yes, it is all very well to go out and go crazy after a long day, but this will certainly affect your performance and mental health for days to come.
  6. Avoid energy drinks – what goes up, must come down!
  7. SMILE – it makes such a difference.
  8. Stay organised. For many of us working during this wonderful, but crazy time in Melbourne it is easy for things to get on top of you. Make sure you are organised at home and tell your friends and family you are working some crazy hours.
  9. Stretch – take time when it is not super busy or on your break to stretch your limbs.
  10. Enjoy yourself… have fun doing what you are doing. The buzz of working at the races and other major events in Melbourne is great and use it to your privilege. You will be gaining further experience, meeting new people and satisfying work goals!

SADDLE UP – join Hotelstaff ‘s incentive program #springracingcarnival

August 30, 2016

Spring Racing PIC

What a fabulous time of year in Melbourne. It’s Spring; The flowers bloom and the sun starts to shine brighter, the birds chirp a little earlier and there is a buzz around town. After a long winter of AFL (which we also love!) we are now headed into the glamour and verve of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

This is the time of year where our hospitality team earn big $, work great shifts and Hotelstaff is offering a great incentive to give you even more!

We are always on the hunt for experienced and enthusiastic hospitality staff to work throughout the Spring Racing Carnival and our INCENTIVE PROGRAM gives you the opportunity to refer your mates to Hotelstaff and be rewarded for it!!!

Get in early for guaranteed shifts, work in premium areas and create your very own all access pass.

Call us on 9650 1311 or email your resume to:


See you at the races.

Hotelstaff is the answer!

August 11, 2016

Hotelstaff answer declineSo you want to be busy ALL year round? One of the benefits of agency work is that hours are not as restricted as working in one venue. On the flip side, nothing is guaranteed! So, here are some ideas to help YOU stand out at the venues Hotelstaff send you to….

We all dread that early morning phone call – yes, ALL of us!

However, many of these phone calls come from regular clients who not only provide us with consistent work, but also trust us to deliver our best staff every time! Whilst no one expects that you are always available by answering the call it is likely that you will attend one of these as a regular sooner or later.

At Hotelstaff we love reliability… and so do our clients!

Every time you accept a shift, make sure you know where you are going and what you need to take. We send you a handy link through The Sauce that includes shift confirmations, outlines the address of the site and info on how to get there as well as access and uniform requirements. If at any time you are unsure call us – we will answer!

It may be a stretch… but carrying your full uniform when possible, means that when last minute work comes up you are prepared and available.

Communication is key not only between yourself and the office but also with your supervisor when you are on-site. If there is something you don’t understand or if something is unclear, it is always best to clarify the instructions before continuing. Your feedback is important too – if there is something that you think we should know about a particular client or role that will help us then we want to hear from you!

And finally and really the most important factor –  do your best every time you step out to work. The great variety of work that Hotelstaff offers allows for more opportunity to enjoy your work and your lifestyle.  After all, casual hospo work allows for great work/life balance and a whole lot of fun!

CASUAL Recruitment Coordinator (3 month assignment)

August 9, 2016

recruitment coordinator

Hotelstaff is looking for a Recruitment Coordinator to support our growth over the peak Spring Season!

Be part of our energetic, hard-working and fun in-house team…

The role:

  • is casual, 3-month assignment, based at our HQ in St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
  • is significant, coordinating the success of all aspects of our Major Casual Recruitment Drive
  • has responsibility for accurate phone screening, administration, and onboarding for our high calibre candidates
  • offers an opportunity to share your knowledge of Hotelstaff to induct new team members into the ‘at your service’ attitude

What makes you perfect for this role:

  • you’re dynamic, proactive and energetic
  • you understand and can handle the real time pressure and hours of the hospitality industry
  • you’re ready to hard work alongside professionals and have a real impact on the success of Hotelstaff over our peak season
  • industry experience and knowledge in Front and Back of House operations
  • sensational communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • experience with Microsoft Office Suite

If you’re up to the task, please send through an interesting cover letter and resume highlighting why your perfect for the role to

Knowing me, knowing you…

June 9, 2016

Natalie Ward

Get to know our staff from Hotelstaff a little better!

SPOTLIGHT on:    Natalie Ward  

How long have you worked at Hotelstaff?

2 months

What did you do before working at Hotelstaff?

Since leaving University I have been working in restaurants and hotels in both Melbourne and London. Working across all facets of the industry, from franchise to fine dining – I have been lucky enough to work with and for some amazing chefs, managers and in some picturesque venues. Working through the London  Olympics and Queen’s Jubilee, I had a front seat view to some of the events of recent history, delivering service to the stars and athletes

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?

The people and the feeling that you get when you succeed at the impossible!

Describe Melbourne in 3 words?

Food, wine, summer

Favourite thing to do in Melbourne? 

Walking through our amazing laneways and checking out all the new restaurants and bars Melbourne has to offer.

What does hospitality mean to you? 

Hospitality is everything! It is making everyone you come into contact with feel as though their day became special through just their interaction with you.

Your greatest new discovery? 

Sake Flinders Lane – those guys at Urban Purveyor, sure know how to put together a restaurant. Fresh design, with a great menu, offering outstanding food and drink. Can’t wait for Melbourne’s The Cut!

 How do you stand out from the crowd? 

Shoes! What women doesn’t love a great shoe collection. And being vertically challenged – this is an essential for me.

Welcome to our online Staff toolbox

April 19, 2016


Welcome to our latest online toolbox for our internal and external staff.  We have created a tool box where you can find all our policies and procedures at your fingertips.

For our field staff, we have provided you with a tool box with all the documents and statements you need to use and see to become part of the Hotelstaff team.

You can see the tool box here:

It is here you can download time sheets and our application form. You can log into The Sauce and read the relevant statements – all on line from your computer, tablet or mobile!

Hotelstaff are always looking at ways to ensure everything our staff need is as accessible as possible and our information is transparent and up to date at all times. We will be adding to the online staff tool box when required and also welcome any of your suggestions –


What people are saying…

February 29, 2016

what people are saying

Dear Michelle,

I wanted to thank you for taking the time to talk with me late last year and share some advice and guidance if was truly helpful and made me think a lot more outside the box. After some nice time off combined with some travel, I went back started networking and engaged again the offer in Hong Kong as they had not really put the offer down on paper which meant heading back up to sit down with them and negotiate a deal with them including share options. We managed to finalise a deal a couple of weeks ago and I will commence with then next month as President & COO for Butchers Club International, it was a long drawn out deal as I had needed them to ensure financing for the growth of the business was in place before I would commence. Personally I feel that this will expand my experience in Asia, outside of Hard Rock, by taking a small business and establishing its growth, that will allow me to return back to Australia and use these skills to do something for myself in the future.

Michelle 19 years ago I first met you and the team at HotelStaff and you had the courage to put me forward for a position at the Hard Rock in Melbourne, that on paper I did not really look like a good fit and was over qualified for. The belief in me that you showed in my ability to adapt, allowed me to lead an extraordinary career with Hard Rock Café Australia and Hard Rock International that lasted 19 year taking me from Operations Manager in Melbourne through to a VP of Asia Pacific for Hard Rock International. The position allowed me to meet some extraordinary people, travel to many different and unusual countries, meet my wife and serve on the board at Restaurant Catering as Vice President in Victoria and a representative on the board for Australia. As I start my new career I want to thank you for having the belief and courage in me at that time, and your advice over the years that shows why your agency continues to grow with loyal clients.

Please free to use my quote in your social media.

Once gain thank you again for always been there over the last few years to offer advice and encouragement.



How to ACE your shift and be a Hotelstaff star!

February 11, 2016

Team work hospo

How to ACE your shift and be a Hotelstaff star!

Being part of Hotelstaff means you have access to the best casual hospitality shifts in Melbourne. With over 30 years of serving up the most experienced, positive staff to the most wonderful venues and events in our wonderful city, we pride ourselves on our casual team, you!

It has never been easier to tell us your availability and have your shifts confirmed using our industry leading rostering technology, The Sauce which you can download here.


TIPS to ACE your Hotelstaff interview:

The easiest things to do.

  • Be on time
  • Bring ALL of your paperwork
  • Wear your uniform and wear it well!
  • Bring your “A” game


HOW TO LIVE the “AT YOUR SERVICE” attitude with Hotelstaff.

Whilst each shift is different, each client has their own expectations, overall, the tips in our article apply ALWAYS.

Time, time, time ….. BE ON TIME! Need we say more!  All Hotelstaff shifts required you to arrive at your location 30 MINUTES PRIOR to your shift to ensure on time performance.

Communication of the nation – communicate! Always communicate with us. Provide us with feedback, tell us about your shift, tell us your availability and let us help you undertake the best opportunities in town.  You can contact us on

Work your shift – please don’t pull out of your shift. If you have accepted your shift, we and our client expect you to be there. When you commit to a shift, it is our expectation that you will be there. Of course, there are emergencies, we get this. Call us on 9650 1311 immediately in the case of an emergency.

Present well – look great, feel great. It is important that you comply with the dress code for the client. If you don’t, quite often you can be sent home. So this one is easy as pie. Wear your appropriate attire, wear it with confidence. Dress to impress!

There is no “I” in team – although you are a casual, you are still part of the team. We work as a flexible, diverse group with new faces and locations and fun each shift. Be part of that team, work closely with your peers, provide feedback and assistance where appropriate and always take pride in your work. This leads to a more satisfying shift, future offers of shifts and happy clients!

Hours – ensure you are compensated for the work you do, everytime ensure your timesheet is signed by your supervisor and emailed through to payroll as soon as you complete your shift –

We love our casual team members, we appreciate you and are always doing our utmost to get you the best shifts across Melbourne to suit you and to ensure our clients businesses run smoothly and everyone is having a good time and taking pride in their work.  If you take note of the above and leave a fabulous impression, the possibilities are endless.


Join our team…

July 30, 2015

Fun pic

Join our team …

Casual shifts at and in:

  • Stadiums
  • Horse races
  • Major events
  • Boardrooms
  • Cafes
  • Hotels
  • Casinos
  • Private functions

Know that you are working for the agency that has been staffing Melbourne and the world for almost 30 years.

Join us today and become part of a wonderful team of experienced hospitality staff who have fun, work flexible hours and earn great $.

Send your resume to

03 9650 1311

Announcing our new Managing Director

July 14, 2015



Hotelstaff Pty Ltd, Melbourne’s premier hospitality recruitment specialist have named their new Managing Director, Nathan Szprinc.

Former Managing Director, Michelle Kleiman is now named Executive Director and continues to work in the business and enjoy her role as Hotelstaff’s brand ambassador.

Nathan, 35 has been at the helm of Hotelstaff since January 2014, prior to this he spent 18 months at Spotless as Group Staffing Manager under private equity ownership and prior to that was General Manager of Octopus Hospitality and Events for 5 years.

“The last 18 months has been a very exciting time of growth for Hotelstaff… Michelle is an institution within the hospitality recruitment scene both within Australia and around the world and I recognise and am excited about the enormous shoes that I have to fill.“ Nathan comments.

“The expansion of our team and implementation of new technology and business models further strengthens our ability to meet the needs of our clients. We have a very exciting future at Hotelstaff. “

In the past 10 years Nathan has been the leader in supplying casual agency staff to Melbourne’s major events including the Spring Racing Carnival, Formula One Grand Prix and The Presidents Cup Golf. More recently, leading his Culinary Consultants in providing permanent staff to the kitchens of the world.

We welcome Nathan as Managing Director and look forward to a wonderful future at Hotelstaff.





How to Hire High-Potential Candidates

June 11, 2015

A blog from Indeed that we love… so we wanted to share it with you.


What makes a great employee? When you’re looking through your applicants, you might first be drawn to their experience, trying to understand if they’d be the right fit based on what they’ve done in the past. For growing businesses, though, the answer might not always lie in experience. Instead, you need to identify the potential of your applicants and select the candidates who will bring both passion and possibility to your organization. We call this kind of person a high-potential hire.

The high-potential hire can have an outsized impact on any business and for the right candidate, a smaller company can be the ideal work environment. Growing businesses are characterized by evolving needs and new challenges. In this setting, the ideal employee is someone who can jump in and wear many different hats. They confront new situations with confidence and not too much guidance. As your company grows, your ideal employee may need to take on new responsibility and leadership, so hiring the right person up front is a high-stakes endeavor.

Identifying these candidates is one part of the equation. The next part is figuring out how to hire them. Here are three steps to help you attract and bring on high-potential candidates.

1. Write a job description that details the possibilities

In your job description, make it clear that your workplace is an environment where talented employees get as much as they give. For a high-potential employee, the chance to learn is as important as compensation, so emphasize opportunities to exercise leadership and take ownership of critical projects. Detail organizational goals along with specific roles and responsibilities to help high-potential candidates see chances to make a difference.

This job description from Socialware does a great job of describing the kind of company it is and the kind of candidates that will thrive there. They highlight the opportunity for leadership in a growing team and the need for candidates who are “both humble and smart.”

Another growing business, Menders Inc., expresses their willingness to hire entry-level candidates who “have the aptitude and are interested in making a difference.”


Knowing me, knowing you…

June 4, 2015

Richard Wills

Every fortnight we do a brief interview with a staff member from Hotelstaff so you can get to know us a little better!

Our fourth interview for 2015 is:

Richard Wills, Culinary Consultant, Hotelstaff

How long have you worked at Hotelstaff? I have just started at Hotelstaff.

What did you do before working at Hotelstaff?

I ran a successful high-end catering company for boutique weddings and corporate events and special events. Before starting my own business I worked in some of Melbourne’s finest hatted restaurants Vue de Monde, Estelle and the Point at Albert Park as well having experience working in large, high production environments including RACV City Club where I was Chef De Cuisine and Stamford Plaza where I held a similar role.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job? I love being able to contribute to the hospitality scene in Melbourne by placing great candidates into their dream roles and seeing the business grow.

Describe Melbourne in 3 words? Coffee, Cold, Buzzing.

Favourite thing to do in Melbourne? Checking out new eateries and food trucks and also love road trips down the Great Ocean Road.

What does hospitality mean to you?  Hospitality is the business of helping people to feel welcome and relaxed and to enjoy themselves. You may be providing them with accommodation, a meal or a cocktail or even entertaining them. But it is all about customer service and providing the best experience possible for your customers.

Your greatest new discovery? That I can pay for parking at the boom gates on the way out with my credit card!

How do you stand out from the crowd? My colourful cravats!

You can find out more about Richard here:

Workplace culture. Why it is SO important.

May 28, 2015

workplace culture

The culture of your organisation is it’s personality, it’s character and what makes it unique. The culture sums up your company’s history, traditions, values and overall behaviours.

It can be defined as the overall behaviours of the organisation, the model, the workplace practices, policies, the people, leadership and management.

Why is the culture of a workplace so important?

There are many reasons why culture is so important, how it affects the workplace and the people in it, how it affects the business as a whole and the impact it has on employees, clients and customers.  (more…)

Knowing me, knowing you…

May 21, 2015


Every fortnight we do a brief interview with a staff member from Hotelstaff so you can get to know us a little better!

Our third interview for 2015 is:


Felicity (Fizz) Dakin, Operations Manager, Hotelstaff


How long have you worked at Hotelstaff? For almost 14 months.

What did you do before working at Hotelstaff?  I was a Project Manager at Spotless, Operations Manager at Octopus Hospitality and Events and Corporate Boxes Manager at the MCG.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job? Finding solutions!

Describe Melbourne in 3 words? Quirky, friendly, delicious.

Favourite thing to do in Melbourne?  Hang out on the Mornington Peninsula.

What does hospitality mean to you?  A shared meal and serving others as you wish to be served.

Your greatest new discovery? Snipping tool! And Taiwanese food.

How do you stand out from the crowd? My voice!

You can find out more about Fizz here:

Knowing me, knowing you…

May 7, 2015

Every fortnight we do a brief interview with a staff member from Hotelstaff so you can get to know us a little better!

NathanOur second interview for 2015 is:


Nathan Szprinc, General Manager, Hotelstaff


How long have you worked at Hotelstaff? For almost 18 months.

What did you do before working at Hotelstaff? I was the Group Staffing Manager at Spotless and prior to that the GM at Octopus Hospitality and Events.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job? The positive feedback we receive.

Describe Melbourne in 3 words? Beautiful one day….

Favourite thing to do in Melbourne? Find great little restaurants/cafes before they become COOL!

What does hospitality mean to you? At your service….

Your greatest new discovery? The incredible negotiation skills of a 3 and a 5 year old!

How do you stand out from the crowd? I have been told I am quite persistent!


You can find out more about Nathan here:

Back to basics – interview tips for the hospitality professional

March 26, 2015

handshake fingers crossedOne of the most important things to remember is that an interview is the first impression your recruiter or potential employer have of you. It is of utmost importance that this does not leave your mind!!!

And obviously hospitality is a customer focused industry. You need your interviewer to notice those wonderful professional, customer service focused skills you have.

We have gone back to basics and written a few very easy tips that will ensure you make a great first impression at your interview.

Don’t be late – a very simple, obvious and old fashioned rule.

Ditch the sweaty palms…. You can’t shake someone’s hand with a sweaty hand… you just can’t! Also make sure that your handshake is worthy – don’t be afraid to show someone you mean business.

Turn that phone OFF (I know it’s hard!) – your phone must be off. No vibrating or flashing. This may cause you to look at your phone, the screen and lose concentration and also bother your interviewer!

Keep your cool – hospitality demands working under a lot of pressure on a day to day basis. You need to demonstrate you can keep your cool! (more…)

On the flipside!

March 6, 2015

Waiter hand

Terri is an active Hotelstaff casual working in the field. She has made the transistion to our office and these are her thoughts!

To any good waiter there are certain things that we all know to be true about our job; we have an affinity for pens, in fact if you ask for one we’ll present you with ten; we have multiple uniform of the same colour in rotation after at least one person drops food on us each shift; and we have an impeccable memory because all hell will break loose if we forget to make sure your salad dressing is on the side.

So when the Hotelstaff office woke me up early on a Wednesday morning I expected to be put on a shift that would ensure one of these truths became a reality. What I got was an invitation to join the tight-knit group that slaves behind the scenes to make sure we all can work when we want, join in at major events, look smart for corporate clients, and get paid award wages each week. In fact we’d be lost without them. Imagine having to find your way through the labyrinth of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. (more…)

The Australian Grand Prix 2015

February 10, 2015

GP pic

Melbourne is home to many wonderful events, it always has been. Our Summer with hot, sun kissed afternoons and evenings hold us in good steadfor tennis, festivals, the cricket, outdoor cinema’s and of course one of the most prestigious world renowned car races, the Formula One Grand Prix.

The Australian Grand Prix, a motor race held annually in Australia has been held 79 times since it was first run at Phillip Island in 1928. Since the 80’s, the GP has been a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship and is now held at the Albert Park circuit with a backdrop of the lake and palm trees; not too far from Melbourne’s CBD or the beach for that matter!

The circuit is a 16 turn circuit, measuring just over 5km. The drivers race a total of over 307 kilometres (58 laps). The noise, the buzz, the team work and prestige of the race and the days leading up to the race change Melbourne into a hub of excitement and activity. The roulettes flying over our office buildings and back yards, causing everyone to look up and gasp, to the commotion during the set up – Melbournian’s use the track on a daily basis! The ruckus of the practise runs and the hype of the celebrity race.

We love it. Melbourne loves it and we attract punters as well as the elite of motor racing from far and wide who love to eat, drink and spectate, whilst enjoying Melbourne and car racing at its finest.


And we’re racing…

October 3, 2014

Flemington Racecourse

What a fabulous time of year in Melbourne. It’s Spring; The flowers bloom and the sun starts to shine brighter, the birds chirp a little earlier and there is a buzz around town. After a long winter of AFL (which we also love!) we have a very small break before the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival starts.

The official start of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington. A Saturday after the Grand Final where Melbourne is ready for Group 1 racing! Stakes Day has grown in popularity over the years and is a great event to kick off the racing calendar.