2011-12 New Year’s Eve Racing Australia

The end of another calendar year is fast approaching and one of the best ways to see out 2011 and celebrate the start of 2012 is to get along to a race track near you, or enjoy an end-of-year punt on one of the great New Year’s Eve race meetings running around the country.

There is a larger than usual interest in the New Year’s Eve races this season as New Year’s Eve 2011 falls on a Saturday, making it the perfect time to get in on the racing and betting action on offer both on track and online at a trusted bookmaker such as Luxbet.

The leading New Year’s Eve racing event this year is the 2011 Perth Cup Race Day, due to light up WA’s Ascot Racecourse on December 31.

It is a rescheduled date for the Perth Cup, normally held on New Year’s Day, meaning the 2012 Perth Cup many fans are looking forward to will in fact be the second Perth Cup 2011.

A time-honoured classic that has been of huge importance to the racing and social scenes in WA over the years, the $400,000 Group 1 Perth Cup (2400m) is one of three black-type features at Ascot on New Year’s Eve.

The other major showdowns on the Perth Cup Day program that are worth checking out the markets for at Luxbet are the $80,000 Listed Summer Scorcher (1000m) and the $80,000 Listed La Trice Classic (1800m) for fillies and mares.

Following the Perth Cup Day races, the next best action in regards to stakes racing for New Year’s Eve will be found at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse.

A crack line-up is scheduled for Doomben on New Year’s Eve 2011, the day headlined by a double shot of Group racing.

Interestingly the richest race on the Doomben New Year’s Eve card doesn’t hold Group status, the $200,000 Listed Bernborough Handicap (1615m), which is also the culminating race of the three-event Doomben Summer Series Triple Crown.

The two Group races on the program are the $150,000 Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) for three-year-olds and the $150,000 Group 3 BJ McLachlan Plate (1200m) for two-year-olds.

These are the Group and Listed race meetings, but almost every major track in Australia will be hosting some sort of New Year’s Eve racing this year.

See below for the Races.com.au’s 2011 New Year’s Eve Racing Guide.

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2011 New Year’s Eve Racing Guide

Saturday December 31, 2011

New South Wales

  • Scheduled Meetings: Gosford, Nowra, Orange and Rosehill Gardens
  • Biggest Event: $70,000 New Year’s Eve Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill


  • Scheduled Meetings: Bendigo, Towong and Moonee Valley
  • Biggest Event: $100,000 New Year’s Eve Classic Final (2040m) at Moonee Valley


  • Scheduled Meetings: Gold Coast, Innisfail, Taroom, Toowoomba Cushion Track and Doomben
  • Biggest Events: $200,000 Listed Bernborough Handicap (1615m), $150,000 Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) and $150,000 Group 3 BJ McLachlan Plate (1200m) at Doomben

Western Australia

  • Scheduled Meetings: Ascot
  • Biggest Event: $400,000 Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m)

South Australia

  • Scheduled Meetings: Morphettville

Northern Territory

  • Scheduled Meetings: Fannie Bay


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