Melbourne Autumn Carnival

autumn racing carnivalThe 2018 Melbourne autumn racing carnival features six group one race meetings of exciting thoroughbred racing action, highlighted by ‘Super Saturday of Racing’ at Flemington in March.

New Year’s Day hosts the first group race of the year with the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) held down the famous ‘straight six’ course at Flemington racecourse in January. Just over three weeks later the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) takes place at Moonee Valley racecourse.

The first group one race of the Melbourne autumn is the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m), held at Caulfield racecourse in early February, quickly followed by the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) the following Saturday at Flemington.

Two weeks after the Orr Stakes meeting it’s Blue Diamond Stakes Day at Caulfield, where the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) hosts their major race day of the autumn. In recent years the Blue Diamond Stakes meeting has grown to become one of the biggest race days of the year.

Featuring the $1,000,000 Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) for two-year-olds and accompanied by quality group races such as the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), makes for a fantastic day of feature racing.

In early March the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) hosts their big two-day carnival at Flemington, home to ‘Super Saturday of Racing’ on the second day. The Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) features on the first day, while the $1,000,000 Group 1 Newmarket Handicap for sprinters and $1,500,000 Group 1 Australian Cup for middle distance gallopers are the star attractions on day two. Super Saturday is an outstanding race day and attracts the country’s best horses to the home of the Melbourne Cup.

The Moonee Valley Racing Club (MRC) hosts two feature Friday night meetings in late March at Moonee Valley racecourse with the $220,000 Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes and $500,000 Group 1 William Reid Stakes highlighting each respective meeting.

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2018 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Calendar

Sports and has listed all the feature group races below for the 2018 Melbourne autumn racing carnival.

If you would like a more detailed race preview then click any race name to be taken to Australia’s premier racing website Horse Racing Info where you can find race previews and information for that particular race.

Monday 1st January 2018 – Flemington racecourse
$150,000 Group 3 Standish Handicap Handicap 1200m
Friday 26th January 2018 – Caulfield racecourse
$150,000 Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview – Fillies 3yo F 1200m
Saturday 27th January 2018 – Moonee Valley racecourse
$200,000 Group 2 Australia Stakes WFA 1200m
Saturday 3rd February 2018 – Caulfield racecourse
$150,000 Group 3 MRC Chairman’s Stakes 2yo 1100m
$150,000 Group 3 Manfred Stakes 3yo 1200m
Saturday 10th February 2018 – Caulfield racecourse
$500,000 Group 1 CF Orr Stakes WFA 1400m
$200,000 Group 2 Autumn Stakes 3yo 1400m
$200,000 Group 3 Rubiton Stakes Open 1100m
$200,000 Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (C) 2yo C&G 1100m
$200,000 Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (F) 2yo F 1100m
$150,000 Group 3 Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes F & M 1200m
$150,000 Group 3 Carlyon Cup Open 1600m
$150,000 Group 3 Boronia Stakes 3yoF 1200m
Saturday 17th February 2018 – Flemington racecourse
$750,000 Group 1 Lightning Stakes WFA 1000m
$150,000 Group 3 The Vanity Stakes 3yo F 1200m
$150,000 Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes 3yo C&G 1200m
Friday 23th February 2018 – Moonee Valley racecourse
$150,000 Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes 3yo F 1200m
Saturday 24th February 2018 – Caulfield racecourse
$1,500,000 Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes 2yo 1200m
$500,000 Group 1 Futurity Stakes WFA 1400m
$500,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate Handicap 1100m
$200,000 Group 2 St George Stakes WFA 1800m
$200,000 Group 2 Autumn Classic 3yo 1800m
$200,000 Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes 3yo F 1400m
$150,000 Group 3 MannerismStakes Mares WFA 1400m
$150,000 Group 3 Zeditave Stakes 3yo C&G 1200m
Saturday 3rd March 2018 – Flemington racecourse
$750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas 3yo 1600m
$150,000 Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes Mares 1400m
$120,000 Group 3 Shaftesbury Avenue Hcp Handicap 1400m
Saturday 10th March 2018 – Flemington racecourse
$1,500,000 Group 1 Newmarket Handicap Handicap 1200m
$1,250,000 Group 1 Australian Cup WFA 2000m
$200,000 Group 2 Kewney Stakes 3yo F 1600m
$200,000 Group 2 VRC Sires Produce Stakes 2yo 1400m
$150,000 Group 3 Matron Stakes Mares 1600m
Friday 16th March 2018 – Moonee Valley racecourse
$200,000 Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes 3yo C&G 2040m
Saturday 17th March 2018 – Flemington racecourse
$200,000 Group 2 Blamey Stakes Open 1600m
$150,000 Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes 2yo F 1200m
Friday 23rd March 2018 – Moonee Valley racecourse
$500,000 Group 1 William Reid Stakes WFA 1200m
$200,000 Group 2 Sunline Stakes Mares WFA 1600m
$150,000 Group 3 Alexandra Stakes Mares WFA 1600m
Saturday 31st March 2018 – Caulfield racecourse
$150,000 Group 3 Victoria Handicap Handicap 1400m
$150,000 Group 3 Easter Cup Handicap 2000m

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About Melbourne Racing

Metropolitan racing in Melbourne is conducted at Flemington, Caulfield, Moonee Valley, and Sandown racecourses.

Feature racing carnivals are held in spring and autumn with the Melbourne spring racing carnival the major event of the Australian racing season.

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) hosts racing at Flemington where the Melbourne Cup is the highlight of the year in November. Other major races at Flemington include the Victoria Derby and Crown Oaks in Spring, and the Australian Cup and Newmarket handicap in the autumn.

The Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) administers racing at Caulfield and Sandown.

Caulfield holds major racing carnivals in March and October, while Sandown has its major race day one week after the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November.

The Caulfield Cup and Caulfield Guineas are major spring races at Caulfield while the C.F. Orr Stakes and Blue Diamond Stakes headline the autumn.

Sandown is home to the Sandown Classic meeting in November featuring multiple group races.

The Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) conducts racing at Moonee Valley  and is the only city track that holds night meetings during the Melbourne racing season. Feature races include the Cox Plate and Manikato Stakes in spring and the William Reid Stakes in autumn.

Where is Flemington Racecourse?

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

Public transport is an easy option with trains running directly to Flemington Racecourse on race days. They depart from either Flinders Street Station or Southern Cross Station, stopping at North Melbourne Station, then straight through to Flemington Racecourse.

Flemington Racecourse address: 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington VIC 3031

There is plenty of free public parking available at Flemington.

Flemington Racecourse Map

Where is Caulfield Racecourse?

Caulfield Racecourse is located in the suburb of Caulfield East in Melbourne, Victoria, and is easy to get to by car or public transport.

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

A train is the best public transportation as the train station stops across the road from the course. Parking is available in the middle of the course and across from the front entrance. Parking is free for patrons.

Caulfield Racecourse Map

Where is Moonee Valley Racecourse?

Moonee Valley Racecourse can be found in the suburb of Moonee Ponds in Melbourne, Victoria.

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