Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival | Guide

Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival | Guide

The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is a period during spring in Melbourne where major Thoroughbred horse races take place.

Although racing in Australia is held every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day, the group one races in Melbourne are held almost exclusively throughout the carnival, which is conveniently placed between the football and cricket seasons.

During the winter (where football is dominant), and summer (where cricket is dominant), racing takes a 'back seat' position in relation to the cricket or footy in terms of media coverage and attendances. However, in spring and autumn, the mass media turns its attention to the racing. There is also a Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, a time where group one races are also held.

Spring Racing Carnival


--> Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival
--> Moonee Valley Carnival (Cox Plate)
--> Flemington Spring Carnival

Caulfield Carnival


The Melbourne Racing Club holds three race meetings at Caulfield, each with major group one races.

--> The Caulfield Guineas is held on the Saturday three weeks before the Victoria Derby. The guineas are a set-weights race for three year-olds. Other group one races are held on this day.
--> The Caulfield Thousand Guineas for three-year-old fillies is held on the Wednesday following the Saturday Caulfield Guineas.
--> The Caulfield Cup is held on the Saturday on the weekend following the Guineas meeting.

--> Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival

Moonee Valley Carnival


The Moonee Valley Racing Club is famous for its weight-for-age Cox Plate race, the meeting which is held on the Saturday following the Caulfield Cup. There is also a mid-week race meeting which is held by the club, either the week before or the week following the Plate weekend.

--> Moonee Valley Carnival

Flemington Spring Carnival


The Victoria Racing Club's meetings attract the most attention from the media and the wider community.

--> The Victoria Derby is held on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup. It is a set-weights three-year-old race for the male horses. There are also other major races held on this day as well, making it the biggest day in racing.
--> The Melbourne Cup handicap race is held on the first Tuesday in November (public holiday in Melbourne) witnessed by millions in Australia and around the world.
--> The VRC Oaks race is held on the Thursday following the Melbourne Cup is a three-year-old fillies race, traditionally known as 'ladies' day'.
--> The Stakes is held on the Saturday following the Oaks, and is traditionally it has been known as 'family day'.

--> Flemington Spring Carnival

Also see Spring Racing Carnival Flowers

Spring Races


Caulfield
Memsie Stakes Day

Moonee Valley
Ladbrokes Cox Plate Qualifier

Flemington
Sofitel Girls' Day Out

Caulfield
East Malvern Bendigo Bank MRC Foundation Race Day

Tatura
Ladbrokes Tatura Cup

Coleraine
Coleraine Cup

Moonee Valley
AFL Grand Final Eve

Benalla
Benalla Cup

Caulfield
Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes Day

Flemington
Turnbull Stakes Day

Caulfield
Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day

Hamilton
Hamilton Cup

Manangatang
Ladbrokes Manangatang Cup

Cranbourne
TAB Cranbourne Cup

Caulfield
Catanach's Jewellers Blue Sapphire Stakes Day

Moe
Moe Optical Cup Day

Caulfield
Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day

Avoca
Blue Pyrenees Estate Avoca Cup

Horsham
Miller's Horsham Cup

Geelong
bet365 Geelong Cup

Moonee Valley
Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Night

Moonee Valley
Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day

St Arnaud
Weir's Supa IGA St Arnaud Cup

Sale
Ladbrokes Sale Cup Day

Bendigo
Jayco Bendigo Cup

Flemington
AAMI Victoria Derby Day

Wycheproof
Elders Mt Wycheproof Cup

Mortlake
Mortlake Cup

Mornington
Ladbrokes Peninsula Cup Day

Flemington
Lexus Melbourne Cup Day

Kyneton
The bet365 Kyneton Cup

Flemington
Kennedy Oaks Day

Flemington
Seppelt Wines Stakes Day

Geelong
Ballan Cup

Ararat
ClassicBet Ararat Gold Cup

Ladbrokes Park Hillside (Sandown)
Zipping Classic Day

Dunkeld
William Thomson Dunkeld Cup

Donald
Donald Cup

Sportsbet-Ballarat
The Sporting Globe Hot House at Sportbet Ballarat Cup



❊ Web Links ❊


Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival | Guide 

www.springracingcarnival.com.au


❊ Also See... ❊


Ladbrokes Cox Plate Carnival 2018

Melbourne Cup Carnival 2018

Sandown Spring Carnival Race Day 2018




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