Horse Racing | Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival

ABOUT

Held each year from January to May is the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the greatest annual event if you’re a racing enthusiast residing in New South Wales. Conducted over a range of racecourses across Sydney, the carnival has been revamped over the past few years with the injection of more than $18 million for prize money from Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club. The new initiative funded the introduction of the two-day ‘The Championships’, an event that includes ten ‘championship’ races across two consecutive Saturdays in April. The $3m Group 1 Doncaster Handicap headlines day one of The Championships, while the ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes, a $4 million Group 1 weight-for-age event, headlines the second day. The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival also includes a range of country events held at Gosford, Newcastle, Kembla Grange, Hawkesbury and Scone Racecourses.


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THE ROYAL RANDWICK AUTUMN CARNIVAL

With 12 Group 1s held throughout the Royal Randwick Autumn Carnival, it makes it one of the biggest carnivals of racing in Australia. The recent initiative The Championships has boosted the autumn racing landscape at Randwick dramatically, with its intention to compete with the biggest carnivals in the world. Other major events to take place at Royal Randwick during the autumn is Group 1s Randwick Guineas and All Aged Stakes.


THE ROSEHILL AUTUMN CARNIVAL

The Rosehill Autumn Carnival may not compete with the Royal Randwick Autumn Carnival in the prize money department, but it certainly offers an array of world class quality racing. Headlining the event is the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper, the richest race for two-year-olds in the world. The leading weight-for-age event of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the $2.25 million The BMW is also run at Rosehill Racecourse, one week previous to The Championships.


THE GOSFORD AUTUMN CARNIVAL

Unofficially kicking off the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival is Gosford Gold Cup Day, the headline annual event of for the Gosford Racing Club. The $150,000 Gosford Gold Cup, a 2100m listed race, may not attract the quality field that other races in the autumn can, but it’s a one of the season’s best races away from Rosehill and Randwick.


THE NEWCASTLE AUTUMN CARNIVAL

Squeezed midweek between Coolmore Classic Day and Golden Slipper Stakes Day is the premier event of the Newcastle Autumn Carnival. Held annually in mid-March is the Newcastle Newmarket Handicap, one of their premier open handicap races on the country racing calendar.


THE KEMBLA GRANGE AUTUMN CARNIVAL

The Kembla Grange Autumn Carnival is held right in the middle of a busy season of racing. The feature event of the carnival, the Keith F. Nolan Stakes is held midweek between Golden Slipper Stakes Day and The BMW Stakes Day. The feature race is named in the honour of Keith Nolan, the founding chairman of the Illawarra Turf Club.


THE HAWKESBURY AUTUMN CARNIVAL

As the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival draws to a close, the Hawkesbury Autumn Carnival heats up. Its major event, Hawkesbury Cup Day, is held in late April/early May, traditionally a fortnight after the running of the All Aged Stakes at Royal Randwick. The Hawkesbury Cup is the feature event of the Carnival, with Group 3s Hawkesbury Guineas and Hawkesbury Crown also prominent races in the carnival.


THE SCONE AUTUMN CARNIVAL

The Scone Autumn Carnival is the last meeting of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, held in mid-May at Scone Racecourse. The country club’s feature event is the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic, a quality race for fillies and mares over the 1400m track. It’s $200,000 prize money makes it the richest country races in the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.



SYDNEY AUTUMN RACING CARNIVAL RACE DAYS


GOSFORD GOLD CUP DAY SATURDAY, 8TH JANUARY 2016 - GOSFORD RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
GOSFORD GOLD CUP LR $150,000 2100M QUALITY HANDICAP
TAKEOVER TARGET STAKES LR $100,000 1200M QUALITY HANDICAP
BELLE OF THE TURF STAKES GR 3 $125,000 1600M F&M QUALITY

THE EXPRESSWAY STAKES DAY SATURDAY, 30TH JANUARY 2016 - ROSEHILL RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
EXPRESSWAY STAKES GR 2 $200,000 1200M WFA
WIDDEN STAKES GR 3 $150,000 1100M 2YOF SW+PEN
CANONBURY STAKES GR 3 $150,000 1100M 2YO C&G SW+PEN

BREEDERS' CLASSIC DAY SATURDAY, 6TH FEBRUARY 2016 - ROSEHILL RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
BREEDERS CLASSIC GR 2 $175,000 1200M MARES SW+PEN
ESKIMO PRINCE STAKES GR 3 $150,000 1200M 3YO SW+PEN
INGLIS CLASSIC RES $250,000 1200M 2YO SW

APOLLO STAKES DAY SATURDAY, 13TH FEBRUARY 2016 - RANDWICK RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
APOLLO STAKES GR 2 $250,000 1400M WFA
LIGHT FINGERS STAKES GR 2 $175,000 1200M 3YOF SW
TRISCAY STAKES GR 3 $150,000 1200M F&M QUALITY
SOUTHERN CROSS STAKES GR 3 $150,000 1200M QUALITY HANDICAP

HOBARTVILLE STAKES DAY SATURDAY, 20TH FEBRUARY 2016 - ROSEHILL RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
HOBARTVILLE STAKES GR 2 $200,000 1400M 3YO SW
SILVER SLIPPER STAKES GR 2 $250,000 1100M 2YO SW
MILLIE FOX STAKES GR 2 $175,000 1300M 3YO & UP F&M SW+PEN

CHIPPING NORTON STAKES DAY SATURDAY, 27TH FEBRUARY 2016 - RANDWICK RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
CHIPPING NORTON STAKES GR 1 $500,000 1600M WFA
SURROUND STAKES GR 2 $175,000 1400M 3YOF SW
SWEET EMBRACE STAKES GR 2 $175,000 1200M 2YOF SW
SKYLINE STAKES GR 2 $175,000 1200M 2YO C&G SW
LIVERPOOL CITY CUP GR 3 $150,000 1300M QUALITY HANDICAP
WIGGLE STAKES GR 3 $150,000 1400M MARES SW+PEN

RANDWICK GUINEAS DAY SATURDAY, 5TH MARCH 2016 - RANDWICK RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
RANDWICK GUINEAS GR 1 $600,000 1600M 3YO SW
CANTERBURY STAKES GR 1 $500,000 1300M WFA
CHALLENGE STAKES GR 2 $400,000 1000M WFA
REISLING SLIPPER TRIAL GR 2 $300,000 1200M 2YOF SW
TODMAN SLIPPER TRIAL GR 2 $300,000 1200M 2YO C&G SW
WENONA GIRL HANDICAP GR 3 $150,000 1200M MARES QUALITY
ASPIRATION QUALITY GR 3 $150,000 1600M 3YO&UP F&M QUALITY

NOLAN CLASSIC DAY FRIDAY, 11TH MARCH 2016 - KEMBLA GRANGE RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
KEITH F NOLAN CLASSIC GR 3 $200,000 1600M 3YOF SW+PEN

COOLMORE CLASSIC DAY SATURDAY, 12TH MARCH 2016 - ROSEHILL RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
COOLMORE CLASSIC GR 1 $600,000 1500M 3YO&UP F&M QUALITY
AJAX STAKES GR 2 $175,000 1500M 3YO&UP QUALITY
PHAR LAP STAKES GR 2 $175,000 1500M 3YO SW
MAGIC NIGHT STAKES GR 2 $175,000 1200M 2YOF SW
PAGO PAGO STAKES GR 2 $175,000 1200M 2YOC&G SW
MAURICE MCCARTEN STAKES GR 3 $150,000 1100M 3YO&UP QUALITY
SKY HIGH STAKES GR 3 $150,000 2000M 3YO&UP SW+PEN

NEWMARKET HANDICAP DAY WEDNESDAY, 16TH MARCH 2016 - NEWCASTLE RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
NEWCASTLE NEWMARKET HANDICAP GR 3 $125,000 1400M QUALITY HANDICAP

GOLDEN SLIPPER STAKES DAY SATURDAY, 19TH MARCH 2016 - ROSEHILL GARDENS RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
GOLDEN SLIPPER STAKES GR 1 $3,500,000 1200M 2YO SW
GEORGE RYDER STAKES GR 1 $1,000,000 1500M WFA
RANVET STAKES GR 1 $500,000 2000M WFA
ROSEHILL GUINEAS GR 1 $500,000 2000M 3YO SW
THE GALAXY GR 1 $400,000 1100M OPEN HANDICAP 
BIRTHDAY CARD STAKES GR 3 $150,000 1200M F&M QUALITY
EPONA STAKES GR 3 $150,000 1900M F&M SW+PEN
NE MANION CUP GR 3 $150,000 2400M 3YO&UP QUALITY

THE BMW STAKES DAY SATURDAY, 26TH MARCH 2016 - ROSEHILL GARDENS RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
THE BMW STAKES GR 1 $1,500,000 2400M WFA
STORM QUEEN STAKES GR 1 $400,000 2000M 3YOF SW
TULLOCH STAKES GR 2 $175,000 2000M MARES SW+PEN
EMANCIPATION STAKES GR 2 $175,000 1500M F&M SW+PEN
STAR KINGDOM STAKES GR 3 $150,000 1200M 3YO&UP QUALITY
DONCASTER PRELUDE GR 3 $150,000 1500M 3YO&UP QUALITY
NEVILLE SELLWOOD STAKES GR 3 $150,000 2000M 3YO&UP SW+PEN
TL BAILLIEU HANDICAP GR 3 $150,000 1400M 2YO QUALITY

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 1 SATURDAY, 2ND APRIL 2016 - ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
DONCASTER MILE GR 1 $3,000,000 1600M OPEN HANDICAP
TJ SMITH STAKES GR 1 $2,500,000 1200M WFA
ATC AUSTRALIAN DERBY GR 1 $2,000,000 2400M 3YO SW
ATC SIRES PRODUCE STAKES GR 1 $1,000,000 1400M 2YO SW
CHAIRMAN’S HANDICAP GR 2 $300,000 2600M 3YO&UP QUALITY
ADRIAN KNOX STAKES GR 3 $200,000 2000M 3YOF QUALITY
KINDERGARTEN STAKES GR 3 $200,000 1100M 2YO SW
PJ BELL STAKES GR 3 $200,000 1200M 3YOF SW+PEN
CARBINE CLUB STAKES GR 3 $200,000 1600M 3YO SW+PEN

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 2 SATURDAY, 9TH APRIL 2016 - ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES GR 1 $4,000,000 2000M WFA
SYDNEY CUP GR 1 $1,000,000 3200M HANDICAP
ATC AUSTRALIAN OAKS GR 1 $1,000,000 2400M 3YOF SW
QUEEN OF THE TURF STAKES GR 1 $1,000,000 1600M WFA
ROYAL SOVEREIGN STAKES GR 2 $500,000 1200M 3YO SW
SAPPHIRE STAKES GR 2 $300,000 1200M F&M SW+PEN
PRINCESS STAKES GR 3 $500,000 1200M 2YOF SW+PEN

ALL AGED STAKES DAY SATURDAY, 16TH APRIL 2016 - ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
ALL AGED STAKES GR 1 $400,000 1400M WFA
CHAMPAGNE STAKES GR 1 $400,000 1600M 2YO SW
HALL MARK STAKES GR 3 $150,000 1200M 3YO&UP SW+PEN
JRA PLATE GR 3 $150,000 2000M 3YO&UP QUALITY
FRANK PACKER PLATE GR 3 $175,000 2000M 3YO SW
JAMES HB CARR STAKES GR 3 $150,000 1400M 3YOF SW+PEN

DARK JEWEL STAKES DAY SATURDAY, 14TH MAY 2016 - SCONE RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
DARK JEWEL CLASSIC GR 3 $200,000 1400M F&M QUALITY

HAWKESBURY CUP DAY SUNDAY, 5TH JUNE 2016 - HAWKESBURY RACECOURSE

RACE NAME STATUS PRIZE MONEY DISTANCE RACE TYPE
HAWKESBURY GOLD CUP GR 3 $150,000 1600M OPEN HANDICAP
HAWKESBURY GUINEAS GR 3 $150,000 1400M OPEN HANDICAP
HAWKESBURY CROWN GR 3 $150,000 1300M F&M SW+PEN