Racing Carnivals

Australian racing carnivalsAustralian racing is very lucky to have so many wonderful racing carnivals each year, and there are none bigger or better than the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival which is home to the exciting four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Australian racing carnivals are held during summer, autumn, winter and spring each year in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

The most prestigious races are Group 1 races, followed by Group 2 and Group 3 events. The capital city in each state has Cup races that provide exciting race days for the local community.

Melbourne Cup Day is the biggest of them all and is the showpiece of the famous four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival in November each year.

Australian Racing Carnivals

The following racing carnivals all host feature races during the Australian racing year. Below you will find previews for the major racing carnivals from each state.

Adelaide Autumn Carnival

The Adelaide autumn racing carnival takes place during March to May in Adelaide, South Australia.

Morphettville Racecourse hosts all feature races in Adelaide including the Adelaide Cup, Goodwood, Robert Sangster Stakes, SA Oaks, SA Derby

Brisbane Winter Carnival

All roads lead to Brisbane in May and June for the Brisbane winter racing carnival in Queensland. Two tracks, Doomben and Eagle Farm, host all feature racing action in Brisbane.

Doomben is home to the Doomben Cup and Doomben 10,000, while Eagle Farm is where they hold the toughest 1400m handicap of the season, the Stradbroke Handicap.

Melbourne Autumn Carnival

The new year brings the Melbourne autumn racing carnival to Victoria where a number of quality group races take place. Caulfield, Flemington and Moonee Valley racetracks all host major race meetings during February and MArch in Melbourne.

The big autumn races at Caulfield are the C.F. Orr Stakes, Futurity Stakes and Blue Diamond Stakes. At Flemington, it’s the Australian Guineas, Australian Cup and Newmarket Handicap. Moonee Valley has night meetings in the autumn where the William Reid Stakes is the highlight towards the end of the autumn carnival.

Melbourne Spring Carnival

Without a shadow of a doubt the Melbourne spring racing carnival is the highlight of the racing year. Feature racing action is at its finest from September to November each year in Melbourne where the best horses gather for the biggest races of them all. Melbourne’s four city tracks, Flemington, Caulfield, Moonee Valley and Sandown, all host racing carnivals during the spring.

Naturally, the Melbourne Cup at Flemington is the jewel in Melbourne’s crown as far as spring racing is concerned. It’s the race that stops the nation on the first Tuesday in November every year and brings all walks of Australian life together for one day to enjoy our greatest race. Other Flemington feature races during Melbourne Cup week are the Victoria Derby, Crown Oaks and Emirates Stakes.

The three-day Caulfield racing carnival takes place in October featuring the Caulfield Cup. Moonee Valley’s two-day carnival is held the following week where the Cox Plate is the star of the show. Sandown has its major race day on the Saturday following Emirates Stakes day.

Perth Autumn Carnival

Small in comparison to its spring equivalent, the Perth autumn racing carnival in Western Australia is still an eventful affair.

Feature racing is held at Ascot Racecourse in April where the W.A.T.C. Derby is the biggest race of the autumn. Winter racing takes place at Belmont Park around May and June with the Belmont Sprint the main race.

Perth Summer Carnival

During the months of October and November the Perth summer racing carnival lights up Ascot Racecourse in Perth, Western Australia.

Primary races include the Railway Stakes, Winterbottom Stakes and Kingston Town Classic. The Perth Cup on New Years Day brings the local community together to celebrate the new year in outstanding style.

Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival

The highlight of the New South Wales racing year is the Sydney autumn racing carnival in Sydney. Home to the Golden Slipper Festival at Rosehill, and the two-day extravaganza, The Championships, at Randwick, group one racing is in abundance in the harbour city.

Feature races include the Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill, Doncaster Handicap at Randwick, and the Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm. The richest race of the Sydney autumn is the $4,000,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.

Sydney Spring Racing Carnival

While not as lucrative as it’s autumn counterpart, the Sydney spring racing carnival is still a quality affair.

Rosehill and Randwick host all major race meetings in September and October each spring. Rosehill is home to the Golden Rose in September and Randwick the Epsom Handicap in October.

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