Group 3 Races

The highest class of thoroughbred races held in Australia are those that form the Group race list. The most prestigious, anticipated and respected set of races in the country are awarded one of four Group statuses, the highest being Group 1 events right down to the Listed races.

Group 3 races are some of most well-respected thoroughbred events in the country and many are used as key lead-up races to some of the more lucrative and esteemed Group 1 and 2 races. There are over 110 Group 3 races every racing season in Australia, held across the country’s premier racecourses. The bulk of these are run during the major metropolitan racing carnivals and are especially prominent during the coveted Melbourne and Sydney spring carnivals.

The Group status of a race is determined and approved by the Australian Racing Board who take into account a strict set of guidelines including the amount of prize money on offer. For a race to be awarded Group 3 status it must offer a prize purse of at least $100,000. Many of the fantastic Group 3 events, however, have stakes set at a far more lucrative amount than that including the Carbine Club Stakes and Lexus Quality, which both offer over $250,000 in prize money and are held at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.

Other notable Group 3 races include the $200 000 Bobbie Lewis Quality at Flemington in September, the $175 750 Caulfield Guineas and Thousand Guineas Preludes, the $125 000 Randwick City Stakes in March and the $200 000 George Moore Stakes at Doomben in December.

Spring Racing

2018 Cox Plate field: Winx dra...

Waterhouse Eyeing Myer Classic...

Waterhouse Eyeing Myer Classic for Tristarc Winner Shumookh

Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse has enjoyed a day to remember at Caulfield on...

Caulfield Cup Results: Best So...

Caulfield Cup Results: Best Solution Caps Another Big Weekend for Godolphin

For the second weekend in a row it was the Godolphin blue on top at Caulfield...

Thinkin’ Big? Think Vict...

Thinkin’ Big? Think Victoria Derby Favourite

Thinkin’ Big is on track for the Victoria Derby next month after...

Ethereal Stakes: A Verry Ellee...

Ethereal Stakes: A Verry Elleegant Ride Sees New VRC Oaks Favourite Emerge

Lots of good horses looked a chance on Saturday at Caulfield, but nobody came...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Cox Plate field: Winx dra...

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfie...

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfield Cup Hopeful Night’s Watch

Claiming two wins from four starts, five-year old gelding Night’s...

Early Spell for Waller Four-Ye...

Early Spell for Waller Four-Year Old Unforgotten

A disappointing eighth in last weekend’s Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) has...

Oohood can break the hoodoo in...

Oohood can break the hoodoo in the 2018 Caulfield Guineas

Trainer Tony McEvoy thinks his filly Oohood has a great chance of breaking the...

Smart Melody humming along nic...

Smart Melody humming along nicely towards 2018 Thousand Guineas

Unbeaten filly Smart Melody is humming along nicely as she steps up to Group 1...

Race Results

Waterhouse Eyeing Myer Classic for Tristarc Winner Shumookh

Caulfield Cup Results: Best Solution Caps Another Big Weekend for Godolphin

Thinkin’ Big? Think Victoria Derby Favourite

Ethereal Stakes: A Verry Elleegant Ride Sees New VRC Oaks Favourite Emerge

2018 Caulfield Sprint: Eduardo Claims Group Two Glory

Race Previews

2018 Cox Plate Field: Runner by Runner

2018 Cox Plate field: Winx draws barrier 6

Caulfield Cup: Track Downgrade Should Suit Youngstar Nicely

Weir: Peaceful State Has ‘Terrible Race Style’

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfield Cup Hopeful Night’s Watch

Fields & Form

2018 Cox Plate Field: Runner by Runner

2018 Cox Plate field: Winx draws barrier 6

Weir: Peaceful State Has ‘Terrible Race Style’

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfield Cup Hopeful Night’s Watch

Oohood can break the hoodoo in the 2018 Caulfield Guineas