2010 Spring Carnival Racing In Melbourne – Dates & Overview

May 27th, 2010

In just under five months time, the most highly anticipated feature in the world of Australian thoroughbred horse racing will take place, as all eyes look to the capital of Victoria for the 2010 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Host to several of the most prestigious Group 1 races in the country, Melbourne comes to life with its own spring carnival racing, as thousands of people travel to the array of tracks to watch the action live.

The carnival kicks off with the Turnbull Stakes Day as part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival – which will be on the 2nd of October this year, and will take place at the Flemington Racecourse.

Featuring the prolific $2.5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m), the $3 million W S Cox Plate (2040m) and the richest race which ‘stops the nation’ – the $6 million Melbourne Cup (3200m), punters from around the world use the Spring Carnival Racing in Melbourne to wager on.

The 2010 Emirates Melbourne Cup will take place on the 2nd of November and the reigning champion Shocking, took to the training track to start a five month lead up.

The 2010 Emirates Melbourne Cup will take place on the 2nd of November and the reigning champion Shocking, took to the training track to start a five month lead up.

The Mark Kavanagh-trained champion is looking to become the sixth contender to claim back-to-back wins of Australia’s most prestigious race, in what will be its 150th running.

SportsBet are always accessible for those wishing to place a bet on the carnival, and also have markets throughout the year on all horse racing action taking place in Australia, and around the world.

2010 Melbourne Spring Carnival Racing Schedule

Turnbull Stakes Day – Saturday 2nd of October

The Carnival officially jumps off at the Flemington Racecourse with the running of the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) – and will be one to watch for horse form coming into the Melbourne Cup.

Also taking place on the 2nd of October at Flemington:

Caulfield Guineas Day – Saturday 9th of October

With three of the most elite races to take place in the spring carnival racing, the Caulfield Guineas Day takes place at the Caulfield Racecourse, and is headlined by the 2010 $1 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

Also taking place on the 9th of October at Flemington:

Thousand Guineas Day – Wednesday 13th of October

Taking place on the 13th of October, there is only one black listed race which is held at Caulfield being the 2010 $500,000 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

Caulfield Cup Day – Saturday 16th of October

Held at Caulfield, the Caulfield Cup day is one of the most highly anticipated each year during spring carnival racing in Melbourne, and will be headlined by the 2010 $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Also taking place on the 16th of October at Caulfield:

  • Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m)
  • Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m)
  • Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m)
  • Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m)
  • Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m)

W S Cox Plate Day – 23rd of October

Host to the 2010 $3 million WS Cox Plate (2040m), the Moonee Valley Racecourse sees a huge seven group races take place on the 23rd of October.

Also taking place on the 23rd of October at Moonee Valley:

  • Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m)
  • Group 2 Schweppes Stakes (1200m)
  • Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m)
  • Group 2 AAMI Vase (2040m)
  • Group 3 Inglis Mile (1600m)
  • Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m)

Victoria Derby Day – Saturday 30th of October

Opening the exciting Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Victoria Derby Day will take place at Flemington and sees nine group races takes place, headlined by the 2010 $1.5 million AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m).

Also taking place on the 30th of October at Flemington:

Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m)

Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday the 2nd of November

Regarded as the premier day of racing in Australia, and home to the richest race in the country renowned around the world for the quality of entrants it hosts – the 2010 $6 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) will take place on the 2nd of November.

Crown oaks Day – Thursday 4th of November

Continuing the action at Flemington, the Crown Oaks Day will host the headlining 2010 $1 million Crown Oaks (2500m) on the 4th of November.

Emirates Stakes Day – Saturday 6th of November

Five group status races will take place at this year’s Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington, with the proceedings headlined by the 2010 $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), and is the last day of racing which hosts a Group 1 race.

Also taking place at Flemington on the 6th of November:

  • Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m)
  • Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m)
  • Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2500m)
  • Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m)

Sandown Classic Day – Saturday 13th of November

Taking place at the Sandown Racing track, the 13th of November will see the spring carnival racing in Melbourne start to wind down as it hosts a day consisting of three group status races, headlined by the 2010 $350,000 Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m).

Also taking place at Sandown on the 13th of November:

  • Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m)
  • Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m)

Eclipse Stakes Day – Saturday 20th of November

Closing the action for Melbourne’s spring carnival racing, the Sandown racecourse will see the headlining 2010 $125,000 Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m), round of the thrilling event.

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