Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival

The 2022 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 $5 million The All-Star Mile is now the richest race of the autumn and runs in March.



The 2022 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 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 early to 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

Wednesday January 26, 2022 – Caulfield Racecourse 

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

AUSTRALIA STAKES DAY

Saturday January 29, 2022 – 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 5, 2022 – 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 12, 2022 – Caulfield Racecourse

The countdown to the 2022 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 including the year’s first elite level race:

BLACK CAVIAR LIGHTNING DAY

Saturday February 19, 2022 – 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 25, 2021 – 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 26, 2022 – Caulfield Racecourse

The autumn Melbourne racing action heats up in late Feburary with 2022 Neds 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 5, 2022 – Flemington Racecourse

Flemington is in the spotlight again on the first Saturday in March for 2022 Australian Guineas Day headlined by the mile race for three-year-olds. There are now three Group events on the card in total:

FLEMINGTON SUPER SATURDAY

Saturday March 12, 2021 – 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 five Group events supporting the elite level races on the card:

ALISTER CLARK STAKES NIGHT

Friday March 18, 2022 – Moonee Valley Racecourse

After being run on All-Star Mile Day in 2021 at The Valley, the Alister Clark Stakes moves back to a Friday night time slot in 2022 on the eve of All-Star Mile Day (run this season back at Flemington).

THE ALL-STAR MILE DAY

Saturday March 19, 2022 – Flemington Racecourse

For 2022 the lucrative $5 million The All-Star Mile race will take place at Flemington Racecourse in mid-March the weekend after ‘Super Saturday’. Flemington becomes the first track to host the event twice having also held the inaugural edition back in 2019.

WILLIAM REID STAKES NIGHT

Friday March 25, 2022 – Moonee Valley Racecourse

One of the biggest autumn meeting at Moonee Valley is held on the final Friday in March and features three Group races:

MORNINGTON CUP DAY

Sunday March 26, 2022 – Mornington Racecourse

It may not be a Group status event, but the lucrative Mornington Cup is one of the most popular Victorian Cup races, runs the Saturday after the William Reid Stakes on the Mornington Peninsular and is headlined by the:

  • Listed $300,000 Mornington Cup (2400m)

EASTER CUP DAY

Saturday April 16, 2022 – 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:

  • Group 3 $200,000 Easter Cup (2000m)
  • Group 3 $200,000 Victoria Handicap (1400m)

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