Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival

The 2017 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival takes place from late January - March each year and is headlined by Group 1 races including the Blue Diamond Stakes, Australian Guineas and the Newmarket Handicap.

Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival News

Sheidel leads all the way to win 2017 Oakleigh Plate: Results

Sheidel leads all the way to win 2017 Oakleigh Plate: Results

A magical front running ride from Hong Kong’s master Joao Moreira saw Sheidel lead all of the way to win the 2017 Group 1 $500,000 The Resimax Group Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield.

Sheidel, above. led all of the way to win the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

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The 2017 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 from Australia Day on January 26 and the following day’s Australia Stakes Day meeting at Moonee Valley Racecourse through until the end of March. The headline meetings include Blue Diamond Stakes Day at Caulfield in February and Flemington’s ‘Super Saturday’ in March featuring the Australian Cup and Newmarket Handicap.

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 Caulfield Racecourse in mid-February.

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.

BLUE DIAMOND PREVIEW DAY

Thursday January 26, 2017 – Caulfield Racecourse 

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

AUSTRALIA STAKES DAY

Friday January 27, 2017 – Moonee Valley Racecourse

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

CHAIRMAN’S STAKES DAY

Saturday February 4, 2017 – Caulfield Racecourse

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

CF ORR STAKES DAY

Saturday February 11, 2017 – Caulfield Racecourse

The countdown to the 2017 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 eight Group status autumn features:

BLACK CAVIAR LIGHTNING DAY

Saturday February 18, 2017 – Flemington Racecourse

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

TYPHOON TRACY STAKES NIGHT

Friday February 24, 2017 – Moonee Valley Racecourse

Moonee Valley night racing takes place on the eve of Blue Diamond Stakes Day at this Friday evening meet featuring just the one black-type autumn race:

BLUE DIAMOND STAKES DAY

Saturday February 25, 2017 – Caulfield Racecourse

The autumn Melbourne racing action heats up in late Feburary with 2017 Ladbrokes 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:

AUSTRALIAN GUINEAS DAY

Saturday March 4, 2017 – Flemington Racecourse

Flemington is in the spotlight again on the first Saturday in March for 2017 Australian Guineas Day headlined by the mile race for three-year-olds. There are three Group events on the card in total:

  • $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m)
  • $150,000 Group 3 Shaftsbury Avenue (1400m)
  • $150,000 Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m)

FLEMINGTON SUPER SATURDAY

Saturday March 11, 2017 – Flemington Racecourse

‘Super Saturday’ at Flemington brings the Victorian autumn racing action to a peak with a double shot of Group 1 racing plus a subsequent three Group events supporting the elite level races on the card:

ALISTER CLARK STAKES NIGHT

Friday March 17, 2017 – Moonee Valley Racecourse

Moonee Valley night racing is back in late March with this under-the-lights autumn meeting featuring one Group status feature:

BLAMEY STAKES DAY

Saturday March 18, 2017 – Flemington Racecourse

One of the final Melbourne Autumn Racing meetings features the one mile Group status race for hopefuls that could be Sydney-bound for a race like the 2017 Doncaster Mile and another Group 3 support act:

  • $200,000 Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m)
  • $150,000 Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m)

WILLIAM REID STAKES NIGHT

Friday March 24, 2017 – Moonee Valley Racecourse

The biggest autumn meeting at Moonee Valley is held on the final Friday in March and features two Group races:

EASTER CUP DAY

Saturday April 15, 2017 – Caulfield Racecourse

Officially the last of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival feature race days, this meeting runs on Easter Saturday each year and is headlined by two Group races:

  • $150,000 Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m)
  • $150,000 Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m)