Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival

The 2024 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival is the premier racing carnival in Sydney with the feature races of the season taking place at Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick. The highlights of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival include the Golden Slipper and the 2 Day The Championships featuring the Group 1 $5 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April.



The 2024 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival features all of the best racing early on the calendar year and steals the attention away from Melbourne for the most part in a reverse of the spring majors.

The carnival, which runs from late January or early February right through until the end of April, is host to a range of elite race days and sees some of the country’s most illustrious Group races take place including the Group 1 $4.92 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) for the two-year-olds and the Group 1 $5 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) won in 2017 by superstar mare Winx.

The exciting and highly anticipated race meetings are run by Sydney’s major race club, the Australian Turf Club (ATC). The ATC is a merger of the Sydney Turf Club (SJC) and the Australian Jockey Club (AJC). The Australian Turf Club hosts races at Royal Randwick, Rosehill Gardens, and Warwick Farm.

With around $30 million in total prize money on offer throughout autumn, the carnival is one of the major racing highlights on the Australian thoroughbred calendar.

The action of the annual Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival hits its peak across two Saturdays in April for the two day ‘The Championships‘ with eight Group 1 races including the Group 1 $4 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) on Day 1 and the Group 1 $2 million Sydney Cup (3200m) on Day 2.

Group 1 racing at the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival gets underway in early March with the Verry Elleegant Stakes, a race renamed from the Chipping Norton Stakes in 2024 to honour two-time champion and subsequent Melbourne Cup hero Verry Elleegant.

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Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival Days

The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival race days are full of Group status showdowns that attract the country’s best horses and provide the best betting opportunities for punters to take advantage of at an online bookmaker such as Ladbrokes.com.au.

2024 SOUTHERN CROSS STAKES DAY

Saturday February 3, 2024 – Rosehill Gardens 

In 2024 the Southern Cross Stakes, Widden Stakes and Canonbury Stakes kick off Group racing in Sydney for the autumn in early February at Rosehill Gardens with the Expressway Stakes moved from the card to run at Randwick a fortnight later.

2024 INGLIS MILLENNIUM DAY

Saturday February 10, 2024 – Royal Randwick

Run in early February at Randwick Racecourse this meeting is headlined by the Restricted Listed $2 million Inglis Millennium race for eligible juveniles and also features a Group 3 event in the Eskimo Prince Stakes.

2024 APOLLO STAKES DAY

Saturday February 17, 2024 – Royal Randwick

In 2024 Royal Randwick is home to the recently rescheduled Expressway Stakes race in mid-February as it joins the Apollo Stakes Day card. The meeting is now host to four Group status races:

2024 HOBARTVILLE STAKES DAY

Saturday February 24, 2024 – Rosehill Gardens

Conducted in late February at Rosehill Gardens, Hobartville Stakes Day features three Group 2 status races and has plenty of prize money on offer as the prestige of the races begins to build for the autumn majors. While the Hobartville Stakes is the meeting’s marquee race, the Silver Slipper Stakes for two-year-olds is a key preparatory race ahead of the lucrative Golden Slipper Stakes. The three key events on the Rosehill card are:

2024 VERRY ELLEEGANT STAKES DAY

Saturday March 2, 2024 – Royal Randwick

Taking place on the first Saturday in March for 2024, Verry Elleegant Stakes Day (formerly Chipping Norton Stakes Day) kicks off Group 1 racing during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival 2024 including with the recently upgraded Surround Stakes for 3YO fillies. The meeting has been moved from Warwick Farm Racecourse to Royal Randwick and features six Group status races:

2024 RANDWICK GUINEAS DAY

Saturday March 9, 2024 – Royal Randwick

Held in early to mid-March, this is one of the early highlights at the Sydney Autumn Carnival as the action moves to the state’s premier track – Royal Randwick Racecourse. Two Group 1 status races highlight the action including the Randwick Guineas for three-year-olds. It is the richest race day of the carnival so far and hosts the first million dollar race of the festival. There are a total of seven Group races on the line-up:

2024 COOLMORE CLASSIC DAY

Saturday March 16, 2024 – Rosehill Gardens

Back at Rosehill Gardens, Coolmore Classic Day continues the Group 1 racing action of the season with the fillies and mares facing of in the day’s namesake race that is now worth $1 million as of 2024. The Coolmore Classic is accompanied by six other Group events including a Group 3 race worth a lucrative $350,000 in prize money the Sky High Stakes. The Group events on the program are the:

2024 GOLDEN SLIPPER STAKES DAY

Saturday March 23, 2024 – Rosehill Gardens

Golden Slipper Stakes Day at Rosehill Gardens is one of the most anticipated of the autumn and is host to the world’s richest race for juveniles – the Golden Slipper Stakes boosted from $3.5 million to $5 million in 2022 before a slight decrease down to $4.92 in 2023. Incredibly a total of five Group 1 races run at the meeting including the weight-for-age George Ryder Stakes and the Rosehill Guineas that originally ran at its own race day before a reshuffle by the ATC. The Group races on Golden Slipper Day are the:

2024 TANCRED STAKES DAY

Saturday March 30, 2024 – Rosehill Gardens

Rosehill Gardens is host to another two Group 1 races at this meeting including the weight-for-age Tancred Stakes (formerly The BMW due to sponsorship) run over a mile and a half. The full Group race line-up for the day is:

2024 THE CHAMPIONSHIPS

DAY 1: 2024 DONCASTER MILE DAY

Saturday April 6, 2024 – Royal Randwick

The most prestigious Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival majors are saved for last with ‘The Championships’ run over two Saturdays in early – mid April, depending on the Easter dates, at Royal Randwick. Day 1 – Doncaster Mile Day – is host to four Group 1 races including the Doncaster Mile worth $4 million in prize money and the $3 million TJ Smith Stakes for the weight-for-age sprinters. The Australian Derby over a mile and a half for the three-year-old stayers and the ATC Sires Produce Stakes for two-year-olds round out Group 1 racing on the card. The full list of Group races on Day 1 of The Championships is:

DAY 2: 2024 QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES DAY

Saturday April 13, 2024 – Royal Randwick

Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ is host to a further four Group 1 races including the richest of the season – the Queen Elizabeth Stakes now worth a healthy $5 million in prize money making it one of the country’s most anticipated and wealthiest showdowns. The Sydney Cup run over the same two mile distance as the spring’s Melbourne Cup is another highlight on the card, while the three-year-old fillies face off in the ATC Oaks. The final Group 1 of the day is the Queen Of The Turf Stakes for fillies and mares. In total seven Group races close The Championships:

2024 ALL AGED STAKES DAY

Saturday April 20, 2024 – Royal Randwick

After the action packed Sydney Autumn Racing fans and punters have one last Group 1 race day to enjoy to bring the festival to an official close. All Aged Stakes Day at Randwick features two Group 1 races and four other Group 3 support acts:

  • Group 1 $1,500,000 All Aged Stakes (1400m)
  • Group 1 $1,000,000 Champagne Stakes (1600m)
  • Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m)
  • Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m)
  • Group 3 James H B Carr Stakes (1400m)
  • Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m)

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