Sydney Spring Racing Carnival

The 2020 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, the George Main Stakes and of course the $15 million The Everest!



The Sydney Spring Racing Carnival 2020 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 early November when rival state Victoria is host to the iconic Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Previously the Golden Rose was the richest race of the carnival worth $1 million in prize money, while the Epsom Handicap is regarded as one the best mile races of the season.

There has been a major boost to the prestige and prize money offered during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival in recent years with the festival now host to an incredible 11 seven-figure races!

Racing in Sydney during the spring is now headlined by the very popular $15 million The Everest (1200m) run at Randwick in mid-October on the same day as Melbourne’s Caulfield Cup Day.

The Everest is a buy-in race featuring 12 of the best sprinters and is officially also the world’s richest turf race.

Other lucrative Sydney Spring Racing Carnival events not to miss include the $7.5 million The Golden Eagle for four-year-olds and the $1.3 million The Kosciuszko for NSW country-trained gallopers contested on The Everest Day.

The Sydney Spring Racing Carnival gets underway in early August with Missile Stakes Day, while the recently upgraded Group 1 Winx Stakes (formerly the Group 2 Warwick Stakes) is the opening Group 1 meeting.

Missile Stakes Day

Date: Saturday August 8, 2020

Racecourse: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse

Feature Races:

  • Group 2 $200,000 Missile Stakes (1200m)
  • Listed $140,000 The Rosebud (1200m)

The Missile Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Randwick Racecourse in early August. The 1200m weight-for-age race is worth $200,000 in prize money and it is the first stakes race in the new racing season.

Winx Stakes Day

Date: Saturday August 22, 2020

Racecourse: Royal Randwick Racecourse

Feature Races: 

Held in August, the Group 1 Winx Stakes is a 1400 metre weight for age race which is worth $500,000 in prize money having enjoyed a recent upgrade to honour the three-time champion and historic four-time Cox Plate hero Winx.

The Silver Shadow Stakes is a 1200m event on the card open only to three year old fillies serving as a key lead-up race to the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m).

San Domenico Stakes Day

Date: Saturday August 29, 2020

Racecourse: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse

Feature Races: 

The headline race on the card is the San Domenico Stakes for three-year-old sprinters, the best out of which may head to Melbourne later in the season to tackle Flemington’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Chelmsford Stakes Day

Date: Saturday September 5, 2020

Racecourse: Royal Randwick Racecourse

Feature Races: 

The Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes is a 1600m weight-for-age race held at Randwick Racecourse in early September. Worth $250,000 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 $200,000 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 Flight Stakes over the mile on Epsom Day.

The Tramway Quality Handicap is a Group 2 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 $200,000 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 $160,000 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.

Run To The rose Day

Date: Saturday September 12, 2020

Racecourse: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse

Feature Races:

Racing on the day is headlined by the three-year-old Golden Rose-bound gallopers running in the Group 2 The Run To The Rose.

The Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes is 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 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 $200,000.

Newcastle Cup Day

Date: Friday September 18, 2020

Racecourse: Newcastle Racecourse

Feature Races:

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 $200,000 event is regarded as one of the better country cups of the season.

The Newcastle Cameron Handicap is a 1500m open handicap worth $160,000 in prize money. The race a Group 3 status and is the feature sprint race for the Newcastle Jockey Club.

The Group 3 Tibbie Stakes is a 1400m sprinting event worth $160,000 that is run under set weights with penalties and is open only to fillies and mares.

George Main Stakes Day

Date: Saturday September 19, 2020

Racecourse: Royal Randwick Racecourse

Feature Races:

The George Main Stakes is a Group 1 race held in late September at Randwick Racecourse. Worth $500,000 in prize money, the 1600 metre event is a tough weight-for-age race which attracts top horses from around the country.

The Shorts is an 1100m sprinting event for all horses aged three years and older. Worth $500,000 in prize money, the Group 2 event is a set weight and penalties race which attracts sprinters that could be The Everest-bound the following month.

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 $200,000 in prize money.

The Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap is another quality handicap for horses aged three years and older. Worth $160,000 in prize money, the 1400 metre event has a minimum weight of 53kg and a maximum weight of 61kg.

The Kingston Town Stakes is another Group 3 quality handicap however the event is open to all horses aged three years and over.

Golden Rose Day

Date: Saturday September 26, 2020

Racecourse: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse

Feature Races:

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

The 1200m Golden Pendant (previously known as the Research Stakes) is a Group 2 set weights with penalties event for fillies and mares. Worth $400,000 in prize money, the event’s minimum weight is 53kg and the maximum is 61kg.

Worth $200,000 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 $160,000 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.

Epsom Handicap Day

Date: Saturday October 3, 2020

Racecourse: Royal Randwick Racecourse

Feature Races:

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

The Metropolitan is a 2400m handicap event worth $750,000 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 $500,000 event has set weight conditions and attracts some of the country’s best middle-distance females.

The Group 2 Premiere Stakes is a 1200m sprinting event held mid-October on Epsom Handicap Day and is worth $500,000 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 spring.

Spring Champion Stakes Day

Date: Saturday October 10, 2020

Racecourse: Royal Randwick Racecourse

Feature Races:

Another Group 1 race held during October is the Spring Champion Stakes worth $1 million 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 Silver Eagle is one of the recently inaugurated ‘Special Condition Races‘ open to four-year-olds offering a half-million in stakes and serving as the official lead-up into The Golden Eagle race.

The Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes and Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes are the other key support acts.

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.

The Everest Day

Date: Saturday October 17, 2020

Racecourse: Royal Randwick Racecourse

Feature Races: 

  • $15,000,000 The Everest (1200m)
  • $1,300,000 The Kosciuszko (1200m)
  • Group 3 $500,000 Sydney Stakes (1200m)
  • Group 3 $500,000 Craven Plate (2000m)
  • Listed $140,000 Reginald Allen Quality (1400m)

The Everest is the pinnacle of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and the world’s richest turf race offering an unprecedented $15 million in prize money for 2020. The sprint feature is fast growing in prestige and offers 12 slot-owners the chance at racing immortality!

Also on The Everest Day is the leading race for NSW country-trained gallopers, The Kosciuszko worth a lucrative $1.3 million.

Bondi Stakes Day

Date: Saturday October 24, 2020

Racecourse: Royal Randwick Racecourse

Feature Races: 

  • $1,000,000 Bondi Stakes (1600m)
  • Group 3 $200,000 The Nivison (1200m)
  • Listed $200,000 Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m)
  • Listed $140,000 City Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m)

The Bondi Stakes continues the million-dollar Sydney spring races taking place in late October on the same day as Moonee Valley’s Group 1 Cox Plate race and is open only to three-year-old milers.

Golden Eagle Day

Date: Saturday October 31, 2020

Racecourse: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse

Feature Races: 

  • $7,500,000 Golden Eagle (1500m)
  • $1,000,000 Winners Stakes (1300m)
  • $500,000 Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m)

The Golden Eagle is now the second richest race of the spring season worth $7.5 million. The event is open only to four-year-olds and attracts many of the same horses that contested the Golden Slipper as two-year-olds and Golden Rose as three-year-olds.

Racing in Melbourne on the same day is hosted by Flemington with VRC Derby Day kicking off the world-famous four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Golden Gift Day

Date: Saturday November 7, 2020

Racecourse: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse

Feature Races: 

  • $1,000,000 Golden Gift (1100m)
  • $500,000 Hot Danish Stakes (1400m)

The Golden Gift is a million dollar sprint for two-year-olds and is supported on the card by the Hot Danish Stakes, a race formerly known as the Breeders Classic.

The Hunter Day

Date: Saturday November 14, 2020

Racecourse: Newcastle Racecourse

Feature Races: 

  • $1,000,000 The Hunter (1300m)
  • Group 3 $160,000 Spring Stakes (1600m)

Newcastle Racecourse now has its own million dollar event running in mid-November with The Hunter which attracts some of The Everest horses that failed to win Australian racing’s biggest sprint race.

The Gong Day

Date: Saturday November 21, 2020

Racecourse: Kembla Grange Racecourse

Feature Races: 

  • $1 million The Gong (1600m)

The official Sydney Spring Racing Carnival feature events come to a close in late November when eyes move to Kembla Grange Racecourse for the running of the $1 million The Gong, a mile showdown that attracts a classy field of late-season runners.

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