Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is the premier racing carnival in Australia and is run from September to November each year. The carnival features a number of internationally acclaimed Group 1 races, including the Caufield Cup, the Cox Plate, the Victoria Derby and the Melbourne Cup.

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2016 Kilmore Cup Win Breaks Drought for Hazzabeel

2016 Kilmore Cup Win Breaks Drought for Hazzabeel

Ciaron Maher’s Perth expat Hazzabeel finally broke through for his maiden Victorian win on Sunday breaking a year long drought with success in the Kilmore Cup 2016.

Trainer Ciaron Maher has returned 2016 Kilmore Cup winner Hazzabeel back to winning form. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Originally raced in W.A. but trained by Gai Waterhouse, the now six-year-old son of ...

The 2015 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is an annual Thoroughbred horse racing series held in Melbourne, Australia every October and November. Meetings held during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival include the Caulfield Carnival, the Geelong Carnival, the Moonee Valley Carnival, the Flemington Spring Carnival, and the Sandown Spring Carnival. Additionally, some of Australia’s premier racecourses schedule a “breakfast with the stars” where guests can watch the horses perform track activities.

The Spring Racing Carnival attracts thousands of horse racing enthusiasts, as well as the casual fans who may not consider themselves horse racing aficionados. In recent years, several international celebrities have attended the Spring Racing Carnival, such as Kim Kardashian, Carson Kressley, Eva Longoria, Andrea Bowen, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica-Parker, Orlando Bloom, Rob Mills and many others.

The Spring Racing Carnival features over fifty days of action-packed excitement for horse racing fans.

2014 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival Calendar

Sir John Monash Stakes Day

Saturday July 5th, 2014 at Caulfield

Group 3 $135,000 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) WFA


VRC Winter Championship Day

Saturday, July 12th, 2014 at Flemington

Listed $150,000 VRC Winter Championship (1600m) 3YO+ Hcp
Listed $150,000 All Victorian Sprint Final (1200m) 3YO+ Hcp
Listed $120,000 Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) 2YO Hcp


Bletchingly Stakes Day

Saturday July 26th, 2014 at Caulfield

Group 3 $150,000 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) WFA


Aurie’s Star Handicap Day

Saturday August 9th, 2014 at Flemington

Group 3 $150,000 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) Open Hcp


PB Lawrence Stakes Day

Saturday, August 16th, 2014 at Caulfield

Group 2 $200,000 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) 3YO+ WFA
Group 3 $150,000 Vain Stakes (1100m) 3YO C&G SWP
Group 3 $150,000 Quezette Stakes (1100m) 3YO F SWP
Listed $120,000 Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) 4YO+ Hcp


McKenzie Stakes Day

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 at Moonee Valley

Listed $120,000 McKenzie Stakes (1200m) 3YO C&G SWP
Listed $120,000 Carlyon Stakes (1000m) 4YO+ SWP


Memsie Stakes Day

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at Caulfield

Group 1 $400,000 Memsie Stakes (1400m) 3YO+ WFA
Group 3 $150,000 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) 3YO SWP
Group 3 $150,000 The Heath (1100m) 4YO+ SWP
Group 3 $150,000 WW Cockram Stakes (1200m) 4YO+ M SWP
Listed $120,000 Slickpix Stakes (1700m) Open Hcp


Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes Day

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at Moonee Valley

Group 2 $250,000 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) WFA
Group 2 $200,000 McEwen Stakes (1000m) WFA
Listed $120,000 Chandler Macleod Stakes (1200m) Open Hcp


Makybe Diva Stakes Day

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at Flemington

Group 1 $400,000 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) WFA
Group 2 $200,000 Danehill Stakes (1200m) 3YO SWP
Group 2 $200,000 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) 4YO+ M SWP
Group 3 $150,000 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) 4YO+ Qlty
Listed $120,000 Henry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes (1400m) 3YO SWP
Listed $120,000 The Sofitel (1400m) 4YO+ Hcp
Listed $120,000 Cap C’Antibes Stakes (1000m) 3YO F SWP


Underwood Stakes Day

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at Caulfield

Group 1 $400,000 Underwood Stakes (1800m) 3YO+ WFA
Group 3 $150,000 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) Open Qlty
Group 3 $150,000 Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 2 Stakes (1200m) 4YO+ M SWP


Moir Stakes Day

Friday, September 26th, 2014 at Moonee Valley

Group 1 $450,000 Moir Stakes (1200m) WFA
Group 2 $200,000 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) 3YO SW
Group 2 $200,000 Top Cut Stocks Stakes (1600m) 4YO+ M WFA
Group 3 $200,000 JRA Cup (2040m) Open Qlty
Group 3 $150,000 Champagne Stakes (1200m) 3YO F SW


Harry White Classic Day

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at Sandown

Listed $120,000 Harry White Classic (2400m) Open Hcp


Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day

Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at Caulfield

Group 1 $400,000 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) Open Hcp
Group 2 $200,000 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) 3YO F SWP
Group 3 $175,000 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) 3YO C&G SWP
Listed $120,000 Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m) Open Hcp


Turnbull Stakes Day

Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at Flemington

Group 1 $500,000 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) 4YO+ SWP
Group 2 $200,000 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) 3YO F SW
Group 2 $200,000 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) SWP
Group 2 $200,000 Blazer Stakes (1400m) 4YO+ M SWP
Group 3 $150,000 The Bart Cummings (2500m) Open Qlty
Listed $120,000 Yellow Glen Vintage Stakes (1400m) 3YO SWP
Listed $120,000 VCI Stakes (1800m) 3YO SWP
Listed $120,000 Paris Lane Stakes (1400m) 4YO+ Hcp
Listed $120,000 Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) 2YO SW


Caulfield Guineas

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at Caulfield

Group 1 $1,000,000 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) 3YO SW
Group 1 $400,000 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) 3YO+ WFA
Group 1 $400,000 Toorak Handicap (1600m) Open Hcp
Group 1 $500,000 Thousand Guineas (1600m) 3YO F SW
Group 2 $200,000 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) 3YO+ WFA
Group 2 $200,000 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) Open Qlty
Group 3 $150,000 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) 3YO F SWP
Group 3 $150,000 Sportingbet Sprint Series Final (1200m) 4YO+ M SWP
Listed $120,000 Debutants Stakes (1000m) 2YO SW
Listed $120,000 Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m) Open Hcp


Cranbourne Cup Day

Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at Cranbourne

Listed $200,000 Cranbourne Cup (2025m) Open Hcp


Ladies Day Vase Day

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at Caulfield

Group 3 $150,000 Ladies Day Vase (1600m) 4YO+ M SWP
Listed $120,000 Caulfield Village Stakes (1200m) Open Hcp


Caulfield Cup Day

Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at Caulfield

Group 1 $3,000,000 Caulfield Cup (2400m) Open Hcp
Group 2 $200,000 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) Open Hcp
Group 2 $200,000 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) 4YO+ M SWP
Group 3 $150,000 David Jones Cup (2000m) Open Hcp
Group 3 $750,000 Caulfield Classic (2000m) 3YO SW
Group 3 $150,000 Moonga Stakes (1400m) 4YO+ Hcp
Listed $120,000 Gothic Stakes (1400m) 3YO C&G SWP
Listed $120,000 Ethereal Stakes (2000m) 3YO F Hcp
Listed $120,000 Alinghi Stakes (1100m) 3YO+ F&M Hcp


Geelong Cup Day

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at Geelong

Group 3 $300,000 Geelong Cup (2400m) Open Hcp
Listed $120,000 Geelong Classic (2200m) 3YO SWP
Listed $120,000 Fillies and Mares Handicap (1200m) 3YO+ F&M Hcp


Manikato Stakes Night

Friday, October 24th, 2014 at Moonee Valley

Group 1 $1,000,000 Manikato Stakes (1200m) WFA
Listed $120,000 William Crockett Stakes (1200m) 3YO F SWP


Cox Plate Day

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at Moonee Valley

Group 1 $3,000,000 Cox Plate (2040m) 3YO+ WFA
Group 2 $200,000 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m) 3YO F SW
Group 2 $250,000 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) 4YO+ SWP
Group 2 $200,000 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) 3YO SW
Group 2 $200,000 Crystal Mile (1600m) WFA
Group 3 $150,000 Telstra Phonewords Stakes (1200m) 3YO SWP
Group 3 $150,000 Eliza Park International Stakes (1600m) 4YO+ M Hcp


Bendigo Cup Day

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at Bendigo

Listed $250,000 Bendigo Cup (2400m) Open Hcp


Victoria Derby Day

Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at Flemington

Group 1 $1,500,000 Victoria Derby (2500m) 3YO SW
Group 1 $1,000,000 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) WFA
Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) 3YO SW
Group 1 $500,000 Myer Classic (1600m) 3YO+ F&M WFA
Group 2 $300,000 Yellowglen Stakes (1200m) Open Hcp
Group 2 $300,000 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) 3YO F SWP
Group 3 $250,000 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) 3YO SWP
Group 3 $250,000 Lexus Stakes (2500m) Open Qlty
Group 3 $250,000 Chatham Stakes (1400m) Open Hcp


Melbourne Cup Day

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at Flemington

Group 1 $6,000,000 Melbourne Cup (3200m) Open Hcp
Group 3 $200,000 Maybe Mahal Stakes (1400m) 4YO+ M Hcp
Group 3 $150,000 Ottawa Stakes (1000m) 2YO F SWP
Listed $150,000 Melbourne Cup Day Plate (1800m) Open Hcp
Listed $150,000 Desirable Stakes (1400m) 3YO F SWP
Listed $150,000 Always Welcome Stakes (1200m) Open Hcp


Crown Oaks Day

Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at Flemington

Group 1 $1,000,000 Crown Oaks (2500m) 3YO F SW
Group 3 $150,000 Red Roses Stakes (1100m) 3YO F SWP
Group 3 $200,000 GH Mumm Stakes (1100m) 4YO+ M SWP
Listed $150,000 Connoisseur Stakes (1800m) 3YO Hcp
Listed $150,000 Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes (1000m) 3YO+ SWP


Emirates Stakes Day

Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at Flemington

Group 1 $1,000,000 Emirates Stakes (1600m) Open Qlty
Group 1 $1,000,000 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) WFA
Group 2 $300,000 Momentum Energy Stakes (2000m) 4YO+ M SWP
Group 3 $250,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) Open Qlty
Group 3 $150,000 HKJC Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) 2YO SW
Listed $150,000 Hilton Hotels & Resorts Stakes (1400m) 3YO Hcp


Zipping Classic Day

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at Sandown Hill

Group 2 $350,000 Zipping Classic (2400m) WFA
Group 2 $300,000 Sandown Guineas (1600m) 3YO SW
Group 3 $150,000 Sandown Stakes (1500m) Open Qlty
Group 3 $150,000 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) Open Qlty
Group 3 $150,000 Summoned Stakes (1500m) 4YO+ M SWP
Group 3 $150,000 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) WFA
Listed $150,000 Sandown Cup (3200m) Open Hcp
Listed $120,000 Twilight Glow Stakes (1400m) 3YO F SWP
Listed $120,000 Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) 2YO SW


The 2015 Caulfield Spring Carnival

The Caulfield Racecourse hosts three meetings with the Melbourne Racing Club. Each race meeting includes a major Group One race.

The first race is the Caulfield Guineas. It occurs roughly three weeks prior to the AAMI Victoria Derby. The event, held on Saturday, is a set-weight race intended for horses that are at least three years of age.

The following race is the Caulfield Thousand Guineas. Three-year old fillies are the featured competitors in this event, which is scheduled for the Wednesday following the Caulfield Guineas.

The third and final in the Caulfield Carnival is the Caulfield Cup. This race is scheduled for the Saturday following the Caulfield Thousand Guineas.

The 2015 Moonee Valley Spring Carnival

On the Saturday following the Geelong Carnival is the Moonee Valley Carnival. The meetings held at the Moonee Valley Racing Club feature the Weight for Age Cox Plate race.

The Cox Plate race is a Group One event inspired by W.S. Cox, the founder of the Moonee Valley Racing Club. Only Thoroughbred horses over three years of age are eligible to compete in this particular Spring Racing Carnival event.

The 2015 Flemington Spring Carnival

The Flemington Spring Carnival is the most anticipated group of meetings held throughout the Spring Racing Carnival. The media, as well as the fans, place more focus and emphasis on the events surrounding the meetings held by the Victoria Racing Club. The Flemington Racecourse hosts the series of meetings.

The Victoria Derby is the first race of the Flemington Spring Carnival. It is held on the Saturday leading up to the Melbourne Cup. The Victoria Derby is a Group One set-weight race intended for horses three-years of age or older.

The Victoria Racing Club provides various horse races on the same day as the Victoria Derby, making it the biggest day in racing.

The Melbourne Cup follows the Victoria Derby. It is perhaps the most anticipated event in the Spring Racing Carnival. In fact, it is one of the most prestigious horse races in the world, as it is dubbed “the race that stops a nation”. The handicap race is held on the first Tuesday of November, which is observed as a public holiday for residents of Victoria. The Melbourne Cup is an internationally recognized event, especially for horse racing connoisseurs, as well as serious gamblers.

Some of the most famous horses in history have raced in, and won the Melbourne Cup.

The Crown Oaks, formerly identified as the VRC Oaks, follows the Melbourne Cup in the Spring Racing Carnival activities. It is a Group One race where only three-year old fillies, or older, are eligible to compete. The Crown Oaks are held on the Flemington Racecourse. It is widely known as “Ladies Day”, as it typically focuses on fashion. In fact, the Crown Oaks include the “Fashions on the Field” celebrations.

The name of the event changed from VRC when Crown Casinos signed on as the sponsor for the race.

The 2015 Geelong Spring Carnival

The Geelong Cup is a Group Three race held at the Geelong Racing Club on the Wednesday following the conclusion of the Caulfield Cup. Horses of either gender are eligible for this event. Moreover, there is no age limit for the horse entries. The city of Geelong observes the day of the Geelong Cup as a public holiday.

Many Spring Racing Carnival guests and bettors pay close attention to the Geelong Cup, as the results may provide an accurate indication of the potential results of the Melbourne Cup, which is the race that many fans consider as the feature event of the Spring Racing Carnival.

On the Saturday following the Crown Oaks are the VRC Stakes. It is the final meeting of the Flemington Spring Carnival. This portion of the Spring Racing Carnival holds special events for children and families; therefore, the day of the VRC Stakes is “Family Day”. The VRC Stakes include a Group One race.

The 2015 Sandown Spring Carnival

The Sandown Spring Carnival held by the Melbourne Racing Club entails the final meetings of the Spring Racing Carnival festivities. The two-day event includes the Sandown Classic, which is a Group Two race. The Sandown Classic was formerly identified as the Sandown Cup.

The Sandown Stakes is the Group Three race that follows the Sandown Classic. The Sandown Stakes, held in mid-November, is the final event of the Spring Racing Carnival.