Spring Carnival Racing News
The Group 1 Caulfield Guineas has been won by All Too Hard at Caulfield Racecourse last Saturday October 13, 2012. All Too Hard shocked onlookers as he ran past odds-on favourite Pierro in the final stages of the $1 million Caulfield Guineas in Melbourne. The Casino Prince colt scored his…
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Spring Carnival Racing
Spring Carnival racing has been an Australian pastime for decades, attracting men and women alike to experience the thrill and excitement of horse racing at its finest. With 50 days of world class racing, the Spring Racing Carnival held in Melbourne is home to Australia’s richest races including the $2,550,000 BMW Caulfield Cup, the $3,050,000 Tatts Cox Plate and the world famous $5,650,000 Emirates Melbourne Cup. Throughout the 50 days, there are 15 Group 1 races including the Epsom Handicap, Thousand Guineas, Caulfield Guineas and Crown Oaks featuring some of Australia’s best racehorses as well as the smaller races, allowing spectators to view the up and coming racing stars.
Not just an event filled with entertainment, Spring Carnival racing is of great importance to the Victorian community, with $548 million benefiting Victoria’s economy each year. Starting with one of the most important aspects of the carnival…fashion. Each year, an array of colours and textures make way into the racing grounds from bright hues and petite fascinators to distinctive black and white dresses and elaborate hats and headwear.
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Betting on Spring Carnival racing is extremely popular with more than $140 million bet on the Melbourne Cup alone. Punters are able to choose from a variety of race types including Derbies, Oaks, Handicaps and several weight for age championships.
Aside from the world renowned and richest handicap in the world; the Emirates Melbourne Cup, there is also the Caulfield Guineas and the Caulfield Thousand Guineas. Both are only for 3 year old racehorses and provide spectators with the opportunity to view the next big names in racing. Also, there is the VRC Oaks which is a superb race featuring the country’s greatest 3 year old fillies. The Caulfield Cup has been the Carnival’s toughest horse race for many years and is a key lead up race to the Melbourne Cup.
Featuring in the Spring Racing Carnival is the Cox Plate, one of Australia’s most prestige race as it is the only race from the southern hemisphere to be a part of the World Series Racing Championship. The Victoria Derby is home to some the best 3 year olds in the world with the horses competing over a 2500 metre track, displaying both stamina and speed. Aside from all these great races, the VRC Stakes is the next most important race as it marks the end of the Spring Racing Carnival and is for many their last chance at achieving a win during the Carnival.