Melbourne Spring Carnival News

Having taken out the 2000 edition of the Race That Stops A Nation aboard Brew, leading jockey Kerrin McEvoy believes it will take a mammoth effort to beat the classy international contingent in the 2014 Melbourne Cup, but is confident classy mare Lucia Valentina is more than up to the…

Melbourne Spring Carnival

The 2015 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is set to be one of the greatest social calendar events of the year with over 70 races including the $3 million Caulfield Cup, the $3 million Cox Plate and the world famous $6 million Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Run over 50 days during September, October and November, the Melbourne Spring Carnival is held at some the greatest racetracks in the country, starting with Moonee Valley, Caulfield and the prestigious Flemington racecourse.Melbourne Spring Carnival

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Final 2014 Melbourne Cup Results

  • 1st. Protectionist
  • 2nd. Red Cadeaux
  • 3rd. Who Shot Thebarman

Kicking off with the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes on Saturday 6 September, the months ahead will be a display of blooming flowers, burst champagne bottles, extravagant fascinators, men in suits and of course, horses blazing down the race track at dazzling speeds. During the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, spectators will be able to watch 15 Group 1 races including the Manikato Stakes on October 24, the Turnbull Stakes on October 4, Caulfield Cup on October 17, the Cox Plate on October 24, the Victoria Derby on October 31st and the most coveted race in Australia, the Melbourne Cup on November 3.

With so many jockeys and trainers returning and emerging at this year’s Spring Racing Carnival, it is essential for all of those interested in placing a bet to grab a copy of the field and form guides before making any decisions. Over $140 million was wagered on the Melbourne Cup alone in the past few years and this year proves to be no different. With so many race types such as the Derby, the Oaks, Handicaps and weight-for-age championships, experienced and novice bettors alike will be spoilt for choice when deciding which races to pick for betting. Although many people tend to only bet on the larger races, it is in fact the smaller, less obvious races which often give a better payout. Simply because there may not be a standout horse among them and therefore the bookmakers cannot place short and long odds on any specific horse.

Upcoming Races

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Queensland Derby


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Stradbroke Handicap


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The TJ Smith


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Winter Stakes


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Going into its 155th year, the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is rich in history with names such as Phar Lap dominating the entire carnival in 1929 and presently Bart Cummings, Australia’s greatest horse trainer with 12 Melbourne Cup wins and heaps of other Spring Racing Carnival victories including the Thousand Guineas, Caulfield Cup, Victoria Derby and VRC Oaks. Racing superstar Makybe Diva not only won the Melbourne Cup 3 times in a row but also won the Turnbull Stakes and the W.S. Cox Plate, both in 2005.

2015 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival Major Races:

Caulfield Racecourse

Saturday 10 October The Age Caulfield Guineas

Saturday 10 October Schweppes Thousand Guineas

Saturday 17 October Caulfield Cup Day

Moonee Valley Racecourse

Friday 23 October Manikato Stakes Day

Saturday 24 October WS Cox Plate Day

Flemington Racecourse

Saturday 31 October AAMI Victoria Derby Day

Tuesday 3 November Emirates Melbourne Cup Day

Thursday 5 November Crown Oaks Day

Saturday 7 November Emirates Stakes Day

The Caulfield Guineas is a 1600 metre race for 3 year old colts, geldings and fillies with the winner taking home over $600,000 plus trophies. First run in 1881, the race is now described as the frontline for competition between the male and female horses, with the colts and geldings so far in the lead. The Guineas is an important lead up race to the VRC Derby and many of the Caulfield Guineas winners have gone to place well in both the Derby and the Cox Plate. Although not as famous as the larger Carnival races, the Schweppes Thousand Guineas is an amazing race with the nation’s best 3 year old fillies competing on the 1600 metre track. Betting on the Thousand Guineas is extremely popular as the set weight conditions enable the better horses to stand out and place well in the race.

Known as one of the toughest races in the world, the Caulfield Cup in a 2400 metre race with the winner taking home $1.75 million plus trophies. The Group 1 handicap race is second only to the Melbourne Cup and has a noteworthy place in the history books with Bart Cummings winning 6 Caulfield Cups. It takes a lot for a race to be accepted into the World Series Racing Championship, which is why the W.S. Cox Plate is the only race in the southern hemisphere to be part of the championship. With $1.8 million for first place, the quality of horses in this 2040 metre race is outstanding and has featured Makybe Diva in 2005 and Tulloch in 1960.

The Victoria Derby is known as the favourite among racing purists who believe it is this race, not the Melbourne Cup, which tests a horse’s true staying ability. The race is 2500 metres long and is another race dominated by the males. The last female winner was in 1923 with Frances Tressady. In 2004, Phar Lap was declared the greatest Derby winner for his 1929 win. With a total of $6 million in prize money, the Emirates Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap in the world and has become one of the most popular races to watch across the world. Racing at an extraordinary length of 3200 metres, the horses competing are some of the world’s greatest stayers.

Ladies Day during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is on the Crown Oaks Day which features a superb 2500 metre race for 3 year old fillies. The race is a test of endurance with only the strongest fillies able to survive the length of the race. On this particular day, the field is an array of colours with women displaying the most intriguing and elaborate dresses and headwear yet to be seen at the carnival. Marking the end of another season of fantastic racing is the Emirates Stakes day which features a 1600 metre handicap race. The Emirates Stakes is the richest 1600 metre race in Victorian betting and the day is considered a family day with plenty of fun activities for both children and adults. Don’t miss the day, stay up to date on all of the latest horse racing news.

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