Spring carnival racing in Australia is one of the most anticipated times of year for the majority of horse racing enthusiasts.
With the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival taking precedence with some of Australia’s most respected races featured, the Sydney equivalent often takes a backseat despite its esteemed status.
Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival
Held during October and November every year, the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is made up of several smaller carnivals held at different metropolitan tracks around the city – they are listed below in the order in which they form the overall carnival structure.
Geelong Spring Racing Carnival
The Geelong Carnival takes place between the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate with the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) the highlight.
Moonee Valley Spring Racing Carnival
The Moonee Valley Carnival is held the Saturday following the Geelong Carnival, with the Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) the highlight.
Flemington Spring Racing Carnival
Also known as the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Flemington Spring Racing Carnival is the most anticipated carnival of them all hosting the illustrious $6 million Melbourne Cup.
Sandown Spring Racing Carnival
The Sandown Carnival closes the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with the two final spring meetings.
Sydney Spring Racing Carnival
Running from late August through to December, the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival is shared by the Australian Jockey Club and the Sydney Turf Club, with the majority of races taking place at either the Royal Randwick Racecourse or the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. Spring carnival racing in Sydney kicks off with the Missile Stakes Day on the first Saturday of August, and the carnival draws some of Australia’s top horses to the city.
The Royal Randwick racecourse is host to five top quality group 1 races in the overall carnival.
Rosehill Gardens Spring Racing Carnival
The Rosehill Gardens Spring Racing Carnival follows the action at Randwick, and is where the highlight $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) takes place.