Horse Racing | Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival 2017

ABOUT

The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is undeniably the pinnacle of gallops racing in Australia. Not only does it attract the best thoroughbreds in Australia, but it now appeals to leading overseas stables. Held between October and November, the 50-day carnival is a non-stop festival of racing in Melbourne and country Victoria. The carnival features some of the biggest Group 1 races in the world, including the Cox Plate, the Victoria Derby, the Caulfield Cup, and of course, the Melbourne Cup. The prestigious carnival boasts a total of $23m in prize money. Even though there are numerous group races during August and September at Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley, the Spring Carnival doesn’t officially kick off until Group 1 Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington, a week after the AFL Grand Final.


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THE CAULFIELD SPRING CARNIVAL

The Caulfield Spring Carnival is one of five conducted during the Melbourne Spring Carnival. Held over a week in mid-October, it features the Caulfield Guineas, the Thousand Guineas and the time-honoured Caulfield Cup. With over $7m in prize money on offer at Caulfield, it often provides punters and race enthusiasts a preview of the form heading into the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

THE GEELONG SPRING CARNIVAL

The Wednesday after the Caulfield Cup is reserved for the Geelong Cup meeting, staged by the Geelong Racing Club. It is the only group race featured on Victoria’s country circuit and a prominent feature on the Spring Racing calendar. With a total prize pool of just over $500,000, punters and racing enthusiasts travel to Geelong to check out the action, as Melbourne Cup and Victoria Derby hopefuls often race in the two main events.

THE MOONEE VALLEY SPRING CARNIVAL

Following the Geelong Spring Carnival, the attention turns to Moonee Valley for two days of exhilarating thoroughbred racing. Manikato Stakes Night takes place the Friday after the Geelong Cup, and is a major draw card for topline sprinters. The main race, the Manikato Stakes, is held over a distance of 1200m, with total prize money of just over $1,000,000. The Saturday after is reserved for the famous W.S. Cox Plate. Named in honour of the founder of the Moonee Valley Racing Club, William Samuel Cox, the Cox Plate (a 2040m Weight-for-Age race) was introduced in 1922. Now one of the premier races in the spring, the Cox Plate is known as the ‘Australasian Weight-For-Age Championship’ and is also one of the main lead up races to the Melbourne Cup.

THE FLEMINGTON SPRING CARNIVAL

The Flemington Spring Carnival is the premier carnival in Melbourne during the spring. Held at the famous Flemington racecourse, it hosts some of the biggest races of the year. Victoria Derby Day is on the Saturday following the Cox Plate, then Melbourne Cup Day is, of course, on the Tuesday, followed by Crown Oaks Day on the Thursday, and finally, Emirates Stakes Day wraps up a week of action, on and off the track, on the second Saturday. Racing lovers and socialites from across the country often take the full week off work just to enjoy everything ‘fabulous’ Flemington has to offer on the four spectacular race days.

THE SANDOWN SPRING CARNIVAL

The Sandown Spring Carnival is the last official meeting of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, held in mid-November. Taking place at Sandown Racecourse, it features the Group 2 Sandown Classic, the Group 2 Sandown Guineas and the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes.



MELBOURNE SPRING RACING CARNIVAL RACE DAYS


AURIE STAR RACE DAY

SATURDAY 12TH AUGUST 2017 - FLEMINGTON



PB LAWRENCE STAKES DAY

SATURDAY, 19TH AUGUST 2017 - CAULFIELD



MEMSIE STAKES DAY

SATURDAY, 2ND SEPTEMBER 2017 - CAULFIELD



DATO TAN CHIN NAM STAKES DAY

SATURDAY, 9TH SEPTEMBER 2017 - MOONEE VALLEY



MAKYBE DIVA STAKES DAY

SATURDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2017 - FLEMINGTON



NATURALISM STAKES DAY

SATURDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2017 - CAULFIELD



AJ MOIR STAKES NIGHT

FRIDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2017 - MOONEE VALLEY



UNDERWOOD STAKES DAY

SUNDAY, 1 OCTOBER 2017 - CAULFIELD



TURNBULL STAKES DAY

SATURDAY, 7 OCTOBER 2017 - FLEMINGTON



CAULFIELD GUINEAS DAY

SATURDAY, 14 OCTOBER 2017 - CAULFIELD



CRANBOURNE CUP DAY

SUNDAY, 15 OCTOBER 2017 - CRANBOURNE



CAULFIELD CUP DAY

SATURDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2017 - CAULFIELD



SEYMOUR CUP DAY

SUNDAY, 22 OCTOBER 2017 - SEYMOUR



GEELONG CUP DAY

WEDNESDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2017 - GEELONG



MANIKATO STAKES NIGHT

FRIDAY, 27 OCTOBER 2017 - MOONEE VALLEY



WS COX PLATE DAY

SATURDAY, 28 OCTOBER 2017 - MOONEE VALLEY



BENDIGO CUP DAY

WEDNESDAY, 1 NOVEMBER 2017 - BENDIGO



VICTORIA DERBY DAY

SATURDAY, 4 NOVEMBER 2017 - FLEMINGTON



MELBOURNE CUP DAY

TUESDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 2017 - FLEMINGTON



CROWN OAKS DAY

THURSDAY, 9 NOVEMBER 2017 - FLEMINGTON



EMIRATES STAKES DAY

SATURDAY, 11 NOVEMBER 2017 - FLEMINGTON



SANDOWN CLASSIC DAY

SATURDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 2017 - CAULFIELD



MELBOURNE SPRING RACING CARNIVAL RACE DAYS


AURIES STAR HANDICAP DAY SATURDAY, 12TH AUGUST 2017 - FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
AURIE'S STAR HANDICAP GROUP 3 $150,000 1200M OPEN HANDICAP

PB LAWRENCE STAKES DAY SATURDAY, 19TH AUGUST 2017 - CAULFIELD RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
PB LAWRENCE STAKES GROUP 2 $200,000 1400M WFA
QUEZETTE STAKES GROUP 3 $150,000 1100M 3YO FILLIES SW+P
VAIN STAKES GROUP 3 $150,000 1100M 3YO C&G SW+P

MEMSIE STAKES DAY SATURDAY, 2ND SEPTEMBER 2017 - CAULFIELD RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
MEMSIE STAKES GROUP 1 $1,000,000 1400M WFA
H.D.F. MCNEIL STAKES GROUP 3 $150,000 1200M 3YOF SW+PEN
THE HEATH 1100 GROUP 3 $150,000 1100M 4YO+ SW+P
W.W. COCKRAM STAKES GROUP 3 $150,000 1200M MARES SW+P

CHIN NAM STAKES DAY SATURDAY, 9TH SEPTEMBER 2017 - MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
DATO' TAN CHIN NAM STAKES GROUP 2 $250,000 1600M WFA
MCEWEN STAKES GROUP 2 $150,000 1000M WFA

MAKYBE DIVA STAKES DAY SATURDAY, 16TH SEPTEMBER 2017 - FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
MAKYBE DIVA STAKES GROUP 1 $750,000 1600M WFA
DANEHILL STAKES GROUP 2 $200,000 1200M 3YO SW+P
LET'S ELOPE STAKES GROUP 2 $200,000 1400M MARES SW+P
BOBBIE LEWIS QUALITY GROUP 3 $200,000 1200M QUALITY HCAP

NATURALISM STAKES DAY SATURDAY, 23RD SEPTEMBER 2017 - CAULFIELD RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
NATURALISM STAKES GROUP 3 $150,000 2000M OPEN HCAP
HOW NOW STAKES GROUP 3 $150,000 1200M MARES SW+P

AJ MOIR STAKES NIGHT FRIDAY, 29TH SEPTEMBER 2017 - MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
AJ MOIR STAKES GROUP 1 $450,000 1000M WFA
WH STOCKS STAKES GROUP 2 $200,000 1600M M WFA
STUTT STAKES GROUP 2 $200,000 1600M 3YO OPEN SW
JRA STAKES GROUP 3 $200,000 2040M OPEN HCAP
CHAMPAGNE STAKES GROUP 3 $150,000 1200M 3YO F SW

UNDERWOOD STAKES DAY SUNDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2017 - CAULFIELD RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
UNDERWOOD STAKES GROUP 1 $750,000 1800M WFA
SIR RUPERT CLARKE STAKES GROUP 1 $500,000 1400M OPEN HCAP
THOUSAND GUINEAS PRELUDE GROUP 2 $200,000 1400M 3YO SW+P
CAULFIELD GUINEAS PRELUDE GROUP 3 $175,000 1400M 3YOC&G SW+P

TURNBULL STAKES DAY SATURDAY, 7TH OCTOBER 2017 - FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
TURNBULL STAKES GROUP 1 $500,000 2000M 4YO+ SW+P
EDWARD MANIFOLD STAKES GROUP 2 $200,000 1600M 3YOF SW
GILGAI STAKES GROUP 2 $200,000 1200M 3YO+ SW+P

CAULFIELD GUINEAS DAY SATURDAY, 14TH OCTOBER 2017 - CAULFIELD RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
CAULFIELD GUINEAS GROUP 1 $2,000,000 1600M 3YO OPEN SW
THOUSAND GUINEAS GROUP 1 $500,000 1600M 3YOF OPEN SW
CAULFIELD STAKES GROUP 1 $1M 2000M WFA
TOORAK HANDICAP GROUP 1 $500,000 1600M OPEN HANDICAP
HERBERT POWER STAKES GROUP 2 $400,000 2400M QUALITY HANDICAP
SCHILLACI STAKES GROUP 2 $400,000 1100M WFA
THOROUGHBRED CLUB STAKES GROUP 3 $150,000 1200M 3YO FILLIES SW+P

CRANBOURNE CUP DAY SUNDAY, 15TH OCTOBER 2017 - CRANBOURNE RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
CRANBOURNE CUP LR $300,000 2025M OPEN HCAP

CAULFIELD CUP DAY SATURDAY, 21ST OCTOBER 2017 - CAULFIELD RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
CAULFIELD CUP GROUP 1 $3,000,000 2400M OPEN HANDICAP
CAULFIELD SPRINT GROUP 2 $200,000 1100M OPEN HANDICAP
TRISTARC STAKES GROUP 2 $200,000 1400M MARES SW+P
CAULFIELD CLASSIC GROUP 3 $350,000 2000M 3YO OPEN SW
MOONGA STAKES GROUP 3 $150,000 1400M 4YO+ SW+P

SEYMOUR CUP DAY SUNDAY, 22ND OCTOBER 2017 - SEYMOUR RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
SEYMOUR CUP LR $150,000 1600M OPEN HANDICAP

GEELONG CUP DAY WEDNESDAY, 25TH OCTOBER 2017 - GEELONG RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
GEELONG CUP GR 3 $300,000 2400M OPEN HANDICAP

MANIKATO STAKES NIGHT FRIDAY, 27TH OCTOBER 2017 - MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
MANIKATO STAKES GROUP 1 $1,000,000 1200M WFA

WS COX PLATE DAY SATURDAY, 28TH OCTOBER 2017 - MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
WS COX PLATE GROUP 1 $3,000,000 2040M WFA
MOONEE VALLEY CUP GROUP 2 $300,000 2500M 4YO+ SW+P
CRYSTAL MILE GROUP 2 $200,000 1600M WFA
MOONEE VALLEY VASE GROUP 2 $200,000 2040M 3YO SW
RED ANCHOR STAKES GROUP 3 $150,000 1200M 3YO SW+P

BENDIGO CUP DAY WEDNESDAY, 1ST NOVEMBER 2017 - BENDIGO RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
BENDIGO CUP GR3 $300,000 2400M OPEN HANDICAP

VICTORIA DERBY DAY SATURDAY, 4TH NOVEMBER 2017 - FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
VICTORIA DERBY GROUP 1 $1,500,000 2500M 3YO SW
CANTALA STAKES GROUP 1 $1,000,000 1600M QUALITY HANDICAP
COOLMORE STUD STAKES GROUP 1 $1,000,000 1200M 3YO SW
MYER CLASSIC GROUP 1 $500,000 1600M F&M WFA
WAKEFUL STAKES GROUP 2 $300,000 2000M 3YOF SW+P
CARBINE CLUB STAKES GROUP 3 $200,000 1600M 3YO SW+P
THE LEXUS STAKES GROUP 3 $300,000 2500M QUALITY HANDICAP
BEGONIA BELLE STAKES GROUP 3 $200,000 1100M MARES SW+PEN

MELBOURNE CUP DAY TUESDAY, 7TH NOVEMBER 2017 - FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
MELBOURNE CUP GROUP 1 $6,000,000 3200M OPEN HANDICAP
MAYBE MAHAL STAKES GROUP 3 $200,000 1400M F&M SW+P
OTTAWA STAKES GROUP 3 $150,000 1000M 2YOF SW

CROWN OAKS DAY THURSDAY, 9TH NOVEMBER 2017 - FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
CROWN OAKS GROUP 1 $1,000,000 2500M 3YO FILLIES SW
CHATHAM STAKES GROUP 3 $250,000 1400M OPEN HCAP

EMIRATES STAKES DAY SATURDAY, 11TH NOVEMBER 2017 - FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
EMIRATES STAKES GROUP 1 $2,000,000 2000M WFA
VRC SPRINT CLASSIC GROUP 1 $1,000,000 1200M WFA
MATRIARCH STAKES GROUP 2 $300,000 2000M MARES SW+P
QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES GROUP 3 $300,000 2600M QUALITY HANDICAP
MARIBYRNONG PLATE GROUP 3 $150,000 1000M 2YO SW

SANDOWN CLASSIC DAY SATURDAY, 18TH NOVEMBER 2017 - SANDOWN RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
SANDOWN CLASSIC GROUP 2 $300,000 2400M 2YO+ OPEN WFA
SANDOWN GUINEAS GROUP 2 $250,000 1600M 3YO SW
SANDOWN STAKES GROUP 3 $150,000 1500M QUALITY HANDICAP
ECLIPSE STAKES GROUP 3 $150,000 1800M QUALITY HANDICAP
KEVIN HEFFERNAN STAKES GROUP 3 $150,000 1300M WFA
SUMMONED STAKES GROUP 3 $150,000 1500M MARES SW+P