Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival

The 2024 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival takes place from late January - April each year and is headlined by events such as the Blue Diamond Stakes, Australian Guineas and the Newmarket Handicap. The All-Star Mile is another highlight of the autumn and runs in March.



The 2024 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival features a host of top level racing in the early months of the year alongside and preceding the classic Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The Melbourne Autumn Festival runs late January until the end of March. The headline meetings include Blue Diamond Stakes Day in February and Flemington’s Newmarket Handicap Day in March.

All of the autumn race meetings in Victoria are hosted by the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) and take place at the major metropolitan tracks around the state.

The carnival is also host to the first Group 1 race of the new season when the CF Orr Stakes (1400m) lights-up Sandown Racecourse in early to mid-February.

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Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Days

The Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival race days feature some of the country’s top Group 1 events and give punters a host of stars to enjoy a bet on at Ladbrokes.com.au over the start of the year.

2024 BLUE DIAMOND PREVIEW DAY

Friday January 26, 2024 – Caulfield Racecourse

Caulfield hosts Melbourne’s major Australia Day race meeting and the line-up is headlined by the:

2024 AUSTRALIA STAKES DAY

Saturday January 27, 2024 – Moonee Valley Racecourse

The carnival’s opening Group 2 event runs at The Valley with the season’s top sprinters contesting the:

2024 CHAIRMAN’S STAKES DAY

Saturday February 3, 2024 – Caulfield Racecourse

The MRC Chairman’s Stakes Day card features two Group 3 events for horses heading towards Group 1 autumn features:

2024 CF ORR STAKES DAY

Saturday February 10, 2024 – Caulfield Racecourse

The countdown to the 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes heats up with the two Prelude races held on the year’s opening Group 1 race meeting. CF Orr Stakes Day features a total of seven Group status autumn features including the year’s first elite level race:

2024 BLACK CAVIAR LIGHTNING DAY

Saturday February 17, 2024 – Flemington Racecourse

The Group 1 autumn racing action in Melbourne moves to the famous Flemington track for this meeting headlined by  three Group races:

2024 BLUE DIAMOND STAKES DAY

Saturday February 24, 2024 – Caulfield Racecourse

The autumn Melbourne racing action heats up in late February with 2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Day headlined by the carnival’s feature race for three-year-olds. There are a total of eight Group races on the card including a trio of Group 1 races:

2024 AUSTRALIAN GUINEAS DAY

Saturday March 2, 2024 – Flemington Racecourse

Flemington is in the spotlight again on the first Saturday in March for 2024 Australian Guineas Day headlined by the mile race for three-year-olds. There are currently two Group events on the card in total:

2024 NEWMARKET HANDICAP DAY

Saturday March 9, 2024 – Flemington Racecourse

Flemington brings the Victorian autumn racing action to a peak with the running of the time-honoured Newmarket Handicap sprint event. Previously the Australian Cup also ran on the card but was moved to its own feature race meeting at the end of the month in 2023. A number of other Group events supporting the elite level race on the card:

2024 THE ALL-STAR MILE DAY

Saturday March 16, 2024 – Caulfield Racecourse

For 2024 The All-Star Mile race has been cut in prize money to $3.65 million and will take place at Caulfield Racecourse in mid-March. Caulfield becomes the third track to host the event twice having also held the third edition back in 2021. Conditional changes to the event have also abolished the public vote with the field decided by ‘Win and You’re In’ race winners and Wild Card entries.

2024 WILLIAM REID STAKES DAY

Saturday March 23, 2024 – Moonee Valley Racecourse

One of the biggest autumn meeting at Moonee Valley is held on a Saturday in late March and features four Group races:

2024 AUSTRALIAN CUP DAY

Saturday March 30, 2024 – Flemington Racecourse

From 2023 onwards the time-honoured Australian Cup race has moved to take place on its own feature race meeting at the end of March at Flemington with prize money currently set at $3 million.

  • Group 1 $3 million Australian Cup (2000m)
  • Group 3 $200,000 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m)

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