Melbourne Spring Carnival

spring racing carnivalThe 2017 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival features the cream of the thoroughbred racing crop during September to November in Melbourne, Victoria, highlighted by the 156th running of the time-honoured Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November.

Billed as the biggest sporting event held in Australia each year, the Melbourne spring racing carnival features exciting group one racing every weekend.

The 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival combines elite thoroughbred racing, wonderful fashion and entertainment, along with country cups and social events right across the state of Victoria.

Feature event of the Melbourne spring is the $6.2 Million 2017 Melbourne Cup, run over 3200 metres (2 miles) under handicap conditions on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at Flemington Racecourse.

Other feature races prior to the Melbourne Cup include the $3 Million 2017 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on Saturday 21st October 2016 at Caulfield and the $3 Million 2016 WS Cox Plate (2040m) on Saturday 28th October 2017 at Moonee Valley.

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2017 Melbourne Spring Carnival Calendar

Spring racing in Melbourne has major carnivals at premier racetracks Flemington and Caulfield while Moonee Valley and Sandown also host major race days during the carnival.

Listed below are all the feature group races held throughout the spring. For more info on a particular race just click on any race name to visit Australia’s best feature race website Horse Racing Info for a detailed preview.

Saturday 29th July 2017 – Bletchingly Stakes Day
Caulfield Group 3 $125,000 Bletchingly Stakes 1200m
Saturday 12th August 2017 – Aurie’s Star Handicap Day
Flemington Group 3 $150,000 Aurie’s Star Handicap 1200m
Saturday 19th August 2017 – PB Lawrence Stakes Day
Caulfield Group 2 $200,000 PB Lawrence Stakes 1400m
Caulfield Group 3 $150,000 Vain Stakes 1100m
Caulfield Group 3 $150,000 Quezette Stakes 1100m
Saturday 2nd September 2017 – Memsie Stakes Day
Caulfield Group 2 $400,000 Memsie Stakes 1400m
Caulfield Group 3 $150,000 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes 1200m
Caulfield Group 3 $150,000 Cockram Stakes 1200m
Caulfield Group 3 $150,000 The Heath 1100 1100m
Saturday 9th September 2017 – Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
Moonee Valley Group 2 $250,000 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes 1600m
Moonee Valley Group 3 $200,000 McEwen Stakes 1000m
Saturday 16th September 2017 – Makybe Diva Stakes
Flemington Group 2 $400,000 Makybe Diva Stakes 1600m
Flemington Group 2 $200,000 Danehill Stakes 1200m
Flemington Group 2 $200,000 Lets Elope Stakes 1400m
Flemington Group 3 $200,000 Bobbie Lewis Quality 1200m
Saturday 23rd September 2017 – Naturalism Stakes
Caulfield Group 3 $150,000 How Now Stakes 1200m
Caulfield Group 3 $150,000 Naturalism Stakes 2000m
Friday 29th September 2017 – AJ Moir Stakes Night
Moonee Valley Group 1 $450,000 AJ Moir Stakes 1000m
Moonee Valley Group 2 $200,000 Stutt Stakes 1600m
Moonee Valley Group 2 $200,000 WH Stocks Stakes 1600m
Moonee Valley Group 3 $200,000 JRA Cup 2040m
Moonee Valley Group 3 $150,000 Champagne Stakes 1200m
Sunday 1st October 2017 – Underwood Stakes Day
Caulfield Group 1 $400,000 Underwood Stakes 1800m
Caulfield Group 1 $400,000 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 1400m
Caulfield Group 3 $175,000 Caulfield Guineas Prelude 1400m
Caulfield Group 3 $150,000 Thousand Guineas Prelude 1400m
Saturday 7th October 2017 – Turnbull Stakes Day
Flemington Group 1 $500,000 Turnbull Stakes 2000m
Flemington Group 2 $200,000 Edward Manifold Stakes 1600m
Flemington Group 2 $200,000 Gilgai Stakes 1200m
Flemington Group 2 $200,000 Blazer Stakes 1400m
Flemington Group 2 $150,000 The Bart Cummings Stakes 2500m
Saturday 14th October 2017 – Caulfield Guineas Day
Caulfield Group 1 $1,000,000 Caulfield Guineas 1600m
Caulfield Group 1 $500,000 Thousand Guineas 1600m
Caulfield Group 1 $400,000 Caulfield Stakes 2000m
Caulfield Group 1 $400,000 Toorak Handicap 1600m
Caulfield Group 2 $450,000 Schillaci Stakes 1100m
Caulfield Group 2 $220,000 Herbert Power Stakes 2400m
Caulfield Group 3 $125,000 Thoroughbred Club Stakes 1200m
Caulfield Group 3 $125,000 Northwood Plume Stakes 1200m
Wednesday 18th October 2017 – Ladies Day Vase Day
Caulfield Group 3 $350,000 Blue Sapphire Stakes 1200m
Caulfield Group 3 $150,000 Ladies Day Vase 1600m
Saturday 21st October 2017 – Caulfield Cup Day
Caulfield Group 1 $2,500,000 Caulfield Cup 2400m
Caulfield Group 2 $220,000 Caulfield Sprint 1100m
Caulfield Group 2 $220,000 Tristarc Stakes 1400m
Caulfield Group 3 $150,000 Norman Robinson Stakes 2000m
Caulfield Group 3 $150,000 David Jones Cup 2000m
Caulfield Group 3 $150,000 Moonga Stakes 1400m
Friday 27th October 2017 – Manikato Stakes Night
Moonee Valley Group 1 $500,000 Manikato Stakes 1200m
Saturday 28th October 2017 – Cox Plate Day
Moonee Valley Group 1 $3,000,000 WS Cox Plate 2040m
Moonee Valley Group 2 $250,000 Moonee Valley Cup 2500m
Moonee Valley Group 2 $200,000 Crystal Mile 1600m
Moonee Valley Group 2 $200,000 AAMI Vase 2040m
Moonee Valley Group 2 $200,000 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic 1600m
Moonee Valley Group 3 $150,000 Inglis Mile 1600m
Moonee Valley Group 3 $150,000 Red Anchor Stakes 1200m
Saturday 4th November 2017 – Victoria Derby Day
Flemington Group 1 $1,500,000 AAMI Victoria Derby 2500m
Flemington Group 1 $1,000,000 Longines Mile 1600m
Flemington Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes 1200m
Flemington Group 1 $500,000 Myer Classic 1600m
Flemington Group 2 $250,000 Wakeful Stakes 2000m
Flemington Group 2 $250,000 Salinger Stakes 1200m
Flemington Group 3 $200,000 Carbine Club Stakes 1600m
Flemington Group 3 $200,000 The Lexus Stakes 2500m
Flemington Group 3 $200,000 Chatham Stakes 1400m
Tuesday 7th November 2017 – Melbourne Cup Day
Flemington Group 1 $6,000,000 Melbourne Cup 3200m
Flemington Group 3 $200,000 Maybe Mahal Stakes 1400m
Flemington Group 3 $100,000 Ottawa Stakes 1000m
Thursday 9th November 2017 – Crown Oaks Day
Flemington Group 1 $1,000,000 Crown Oaks 2500m
Flemington Group 3 $150,000 Begonia Belle Stakes 1100m
Flemington Group 3 $150,000 Red Roses Stakes 1100m
Saturday 11th November 2017 Emirates Stakes Day
Flemington Group 1 $1,000,000 Emirates Stakes 1600m
Flemington Group 1 $1,000,000 VRC Sprint Classic 1200m
Flemington Group 2 $250,000 Matriarch Stakes 2000m
Flemington Group 3 $200,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2500m
Flemington Group 3 $150,000 Maribyrnong Plate 1000m
Saturday 18th November 2017 – Sandown Classic Day
Sandown Group 2 $350,000 Sandown Classic 2400m
Sandown Group 2 $350,000 Sandown Guineas 1600m
Sandown Group 3 $150,000 Sandown Stakes 1500m
Sandown Group 3 $150,000 Eclipse Stakes 1800m
Sandown Group 3 $120,000 Kevin Heffernan Stakes 1300m
Sandown Group 3 $120,000 Summoned Stakes 1800m

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About Melbourne Racing

Metropolitan racing in Melbourne takes place at Flemington, Caulfield, Moonee Valley, and Sandown racecourses.

Feature racing carnivals are held in spring and autumn in Melbourne with the spring racing carnival in October and November the feature event of the Australian racing year.

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) administer racing at Flemington, home of the Melbourne Cup in November. Other spring feature races at Flemington include the Victoria Derby, Crown Oaks and Emirates Stakes. Autumn major races are the Australian Guineas, Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup, which are held in March.

The Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) conduct racing at two metropolitan tracks, Caulfield and Sandown.

Caulfield hosts racing carnivals in March and October each year, highlighted by the Caulfield Cup in October. Autumn feature races at Caulfield take place in March including the C.F. Orr Stakes and Blue Diamond Stakes.

Sandown has one major race day in November, featuring the Sandown Classic and Sandown Guineas. The meeting takes place the Saturday after the final day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemngton.

The Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) host racing at Moonee Valley and its the only metro course to race under lights during the Melbourne racing season. Feature spring races include the Cox Plate and Manikato Stakes in October, and in autumn the William Reid Stakes in March.

Where is Flemington Racecourse?

Flemington Racecourse is situated on Epsom Road by the Maribyrnong River in the suburb of Flemington in Melbourne, Victoria,

Public transport is your best option with trains running directly to Flemington Racecourse on race days. Trains depart from either Flinders Street Station or Southern Cross Station, and drop you off right at Flemington Racecourse.

Flemington Racecourse address: 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington VIC 3031

Free public parking is available at Flemington and there is plenty of parking room available.

Flemington Racecourse Map

Where is Caulfield Racecourse?

Caulfield Racecourse is located in the suburb of Caulfield East in Melbourne, Victoria. The track is relatively easy to get to by car or public transportation.

Caulfield Racecourse address: Gate 22 Station St, Caulfield East VIC 3145

A train is the best public transport option as the train station is located across the road from the course. Parking is available in the middle of the track, and also across from the front entrance. Parking is free for patrons.

Caulfield Racecourse Map

Where is Moonee Valley Racecourse?

Moonee Valley Racecourse is situated in the suburb of Moonee Ponds in Melbourne, Victoria, and is around six kilometres from the Melbourne city centre.

Moonee Valley Racecourse address: Gate 1 McPherson St, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039

A tram or train can be taken to the track, but there is a bit of a walk to the course from the tram stop and train station. Free public parking is available in the middle of the track.

Moonee Valley Racecourse Map

Where is Sandown Racecourse?

Sandown Racecourse is situated on the Princes Highway in Springvale, Victoria, around 20 kilometres south east of the Melbourne city centre. The Monash Freeway provides the best travel option by car and takes around 30 minutes.

Sandown Racecourse address: 591-659 Princes Hwy, Springvale VIC 3171

Free public parking is available at the Centre Car Park on race days.

Sandown Racecourse Map

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