Sydney Spring Racing Carnival

The 2014 Sydney Spring Racing Carnival offers top quality horse racing around Sydney with the feature events taking place at Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick. The highlight races each year at the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival include the Epsom Handicap, Golden Rose, The Metropolitan, Flight Stakes, Spring Champion Stakes and the George Main Stakes.

Sydney Spring Racing Carnival News

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The major racing action today, Saturday October 15, may be Caulfield Cup Day in Melbourne but there’s still a bumper Black-Type race card at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse this afternoon.

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The Sydney Spring Racing Carnival 2014 revolves around two of the biggest jockey clubs in the country, the Australian Jockey Club and the Sydney Turf Club. Hosting the majority of the carnival’s races at Randwick and Rosehill racecourses, the season spans from August until late December.

The Golden Rose is the richest race of the carnival and is worth $1 million in prize money whereas the Epsom Handicap is regarded as one the best mile races of the season. Starting with the Missile Stakes Day on the first Saturday in August, the carnival features the Warwick Stakes Day, the Gloaming Stakes Day, the George Main Stakes Day and the Epsom Handicap Day.


Royal Randwick Spring Racing Carnival

Missile Stakes Day

The Missile Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Randwick Racecourse in early August. The 1200m weight-for-age race is worth $175,000 in prize money and it is the first stakes race in the new racing season.

Warwick Stakes Day

Held in August, the Group 2 Warwick Stakes is a 1400 metre weight for age race which is worth $175,000 in prize money. The event is suited to fitter horses which are looking to step up from the 1200m distance.

The Silver Shadow Stakes is another 1200m event however open only to three year old fillies. With the same race conditions as the Up and Coming Stakes, the Group 2 event is worth $175,000 in prize money and is the lead-up race to the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m).

Offering $125,000 in prize money, the Up and Coming Stakes is a Group 3 set weights and penalties race held specifically for three year old colts and geldings. Raced over a short 1300m distance, the event is great for horses getting ready for a big spring campaign.

The Toy Show Quality and Show County Quality are both Group 3 quality sprinting events raced over 1300m. The former is for fillies and mares aged three years and older, while the latter is open to all three year olds horses.

Chelmsford Stakes Day

The Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes is a 1600m weight-for-age race held at Randwick Racecourse in early September. Worth $175,000 in prize money and open only to horses three years old and above, the event is the first weight-for-age race held over a mile in the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Worth $175,000 in prize money, the Furious Stakes is a set weight race of 56kg for all three year old fillies. Racing over 1200 meters, the female contenders will normally go to the major Epsom Handicap.

The Tramway Quality Handicap is a Group 3 race for horses aged three years and older. The handicap race has a low weight of 53kg and a high weight of 61kg which is suited to horses which have previously raced in a handicap race. Worth $175,000 in prize money, the 1400 metre race is preceded by the Show County Quality Handicap held two weeks earlier.

The Concorde Stakes is a 1000m sprint for horses aged three years and older run under set weights with penalties conditions. The Group 3 event has a minimum weight of 53kg and a maximum weight of 61kg. Worth $125,000 in prize money, the Concorde Stakes is a good sprint race which prepares horses for the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint and the Theo Marks Stakes.

The Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap, run under quality conditions for three year old horses over a distance of 1400m, is worth $125,000.

George Main Stakes Day

The George Main Stakes is a Group 1 race held in late September at Randwick Racecourse. Worth $350,000 in prize money, the 1600 metre event is a tough weight-for-age race which attracts top horses from around the country.

Run over the longer distance of 2000m is the Group 2 Hill Stakes held at Rosehill Racecourse. Worth $200,000, the weight-for-age race usually features a mix of both better and average type horses aged three years and older.

The Shorts is an 1100m sprinting event for all horses aged three years and older. Worth $200,000 in prize money, the Group 2 event is a set weight and penalties race which attracts a good middle class of sprinters.

The Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes is reserved for three year old fillies which must carry a set weight of 55.5kg. This allows the better females to excel in the 1400m race worth $175,000 in prize money.

The Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap is another quality handicap for horses aged three years and older. Worth $125,000 in prize money, the 1400 metre event has a minimum weight of 53kg and a maximum weight of 61kg.

Epsom Handicap Day

Held in October at Royal Randwick Racecourse, the Group 1 Epsom Handicap is a 1600m event for horses aged three years and over. Worth $500,000 in prize money, the handicap race is the major mile event of the Randwick Spring Carnival.

The Metropolitan is a 2400m handicap event worth $400,000 in prize money. Open to horses aged three years and older, the Group 1 event has the same race conditions as the Group 1 Caulfield Cup held later in spring.

The 1600m Flight Stakes is the only Group 1 race in the Sydney Spring Carnival for three year old fillies. The $400,000 event has set weight conditions and attracts some of the country’s best middle-distance females.

The Roman Consul Stakes is a set weights race for three year old horses which race over a 1200m distance. Worth $175,000 in prize money, the event is a Group 2 race which has seen Exceed and Excel win in 2003.

The Group 2 Premiere Stakes is a 1200m sprinting event held mid-October on Epsom Handicap Day and is worth $200,000 in prize money. The Rosehill event is a weight-for-age race open to horses aged three years and older and features horses which have run in the Missile Stakes held earlier in the month.

The weight-for-age Craven Plate is a 2000m staying event worth $125,000 in prize money. It is the last weight-for-age race in the carnival and has been won by the much adored horse Mummify in 2005.

Spring Champion Stakes Day

Another Group 1 race held during October is the Spring Champion Stakes worth $400,000 in prize money. Raced over a 2000m distance, the set weight race is open to all horses aged three years old. Colts and geldings carry 56.5kg while fillies must carry 54.5kg.

The Group 3 Angst Stakes is a great mile event open to mares aged four years and older run under set weights with penalties. A good race to gauge the skills of the girls for open sex races down the track.

Villiers Stakes Day

The Group 2 Villiers Stakes is a 1600 metre open handicap for all horses aged three years and older. The event is worth $175,000 in prize money and takes place just before Christmas in December.

Summer Cup Day

The Summer Cup is a 2000m staying event worth $125,000 in prize money run under handicap conditions for horses aged three years and older. Held on Boxing Day in December, the Group 3 open handicap is the last race of the year held in Sydney.


Rosehill Spring Racing Carnival

San Domenico Stakes Day

The San Domenico Stakes is a Group 3 race specifically for horses aged three years old. Held at Randwick Racecourse in early August, the 1100m sprint events attracts some of the fastest horses from around the country. The set weights and penalties race is worth $125,000 in prize money.

The Run to the Rose Day

The Run To The Rose is a Group 3 set weights with penalties race for three year old horses. Run over a 1200m distance, the $125,000 event prepares horses for the $1 million Golden Rose held in two weeks.

Golden Pendant Day

The 1200m Golden Pendant (previously known as the Research Stakes) is a Group 3 set weights with penalties event for fillies and mares. Worth $300,000 in prize money, the event’s minimum weight is 53kg and the maximum is 61kg.

The Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes is a 1500 metre set weights race for three year old horses. Colts and geldings must carry 56.5kg while fillies are required to carry 54.5kg. Worth $200,000 in prize money, the event attracts above average type race horses.

Worth $175,000 in prize money, the Group 2 Shannon Stakes is a quality handicap for horses aged three years and older. The 1500m race has a low weight of 52kg while the highest weight permissible is 61kg.

The Group 3 set weight Gloaming Stakes requires colts and geldings to carry 55.5kg and fillies 53.5kg. Worth $200,000 in prize money, the 1800m event is restricted to three year olds and is held during September at Rosehill Racecourse.

The $125,000 Colin Stephen Quality is a 2400 metre endurance race for horses aged three years and over. The quality handicap has a weight minimum of 53kg and a maximum weight of 61kg. The Group 3 event is the ideal lead-up race to the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) held a week later.

Golden Rose Day

The $1 million Golden Rose is the premier race of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and is held on the last Saturday in August. Contested by three year old horses, the 1400m set weights event requires colts and geldings to carry 55.5kg and fillies 53.5kg.

Held at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse during September, the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes is a 1400m quality handicap. Contested by horses aged three years and over, the handicap’s minimum weight is 52kg while the maximum weight is 61kg. Worth $200,000 in prize money, the Theo Marks Stakes is the ideal lead-up race to the Group 1 Epsom Handicap.

The Kingston Town Stakes is another Group 3 quality handicap however the event is open to all horses aged three years and over. Run over 2000 metres, the $125,000 event has the same weight restrictions as the Research Stakes.

The Sheraco Stakes is a fast-paced Group 3 sprinting event run over 1200m. Open only to fillies and mares aged three years and older and run under set weights plus penalties conditions, the Sheraco Stakes is a highly entertaining event with a total purse of $125,000.


Newcastle Spring Racing Carnival

Cameron Handicap Day

Held during September at Broadmeadow Racecourse in Newcastle, the Newcastle Cameron Handicap is a 1500m open handicap worth $125,000 in prize money. The race a Group 3 status and is the feature sprint race for the Newcastle Jockey Club.

The Group 3 Newcastle Spring Stakes is a set weight race for three year old horses. Run over a 1600m distance, the $125,000 event is the lead-up race to Randwick’s Spring Champion Stakes.

Newcastle Gold Cup Day

The Newcastle Gold Cup is a Group 3 open handicap which tests a staying horse’s abilities over a 2300m distance. Held during September, the $175,000 event is regarded as one of the better country cups of the season.

The Group 3 Tibbie Stakes is a 1400m sprinting event worth $125,000 that is run under set weights with penalties and is open only to fillies and mares.