Despite a lot of attention at the end of the year on the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival isn’t an event to miss either. The Carnival has almost $9 million in prize money up for the taking over the four month period and includes six exciting Group 1 races. The first Group 1 race of the carnival is also arguably the most prestigious, with the running of the $1 million Golden Rose taking place in the sixth week of the carnival in early September at Rosehill Racecourse. Other leading races that attract the best gallopers in the country include the George Main Stakes, The Epsom Handicap and The Metropolitan. The Sydney Spring Racing Carnival kicks off at Royal Randwick Racecourse in August with the Group 2 Missile Stakes, with the Group 3 Summer Cup on Boxing Day at the same venue concluding the event. The carnival spans across city and provincial racecourses in and around Sydney, including Rosehill , Royal Randwick, Warwick Farm and Newcastle.
THE ROSEHILL SPRING CARNIVAL
The Rosehill Spring Carnival is one of five conducted during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Included in the event is the biggest and richest race of the carnival, the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose for three-year-olds. Mid-August is the first major event of the spring for Rosehill Racecourse, that being the San Domenico Stakes Day. Other leading days in the event include Run To The Rose Day and Stan Fox Stakes Day.
THE ROYAL RANDWICK SPRING CARNIVAL
The Royal Randwick Spring Carnival boasts most of the quality races during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, including five Group 1s. Three of those Group 1s fall are scheduled for the headline event, Epsom Handicap Day. Almost $2 million in prize money is up for grabs on that day in early October, and that’s more than any other event during the Sydney spring.
THE WARWICK FARM SPRING CARNIVAL
The Warwick Farm Spring Carnival includes the racecourse’s biggest event on the racing calendar. The Warwick Stakes Day kicks off the carnival in late August and boasts a racecard that includes five Group races, headlined by the Group 2 Warwick Stakes.
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 NEWCASTLE SPRING CARNIVAL
The Newcastle Spring Racing Carnival is held over a two-day period in mid-September, shortly after the running of the Golden Rose. The event consists of two days, those being Cameron Handicap Day on a Wednesday and Newcastle Gold Cup Day on a Thursday. The headline event of the carnival is the $175,000 Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup, an Open Handicap over 2300m at the Newcastle Racecourse.