Victorian Spring Racing Carnival Information, Betting Preview & Tips

Preview the running of the Spring Racing Carnival

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DATE: 2nd September through to 25th November 2017

 

LOCATION: Flemington, Caulfield, Moonee Valley, Sandown and provincial racing centres

 

DISTANCE: 1000m to 3200m

 

RACE TYPE: Weight for Age

 

STATUS: Handicaps, weight-for-age, set-weights, set-weights and penalties – the biggest carnival on turf

 

2016 WINNER: N/A

 

RACE RECORD:  N/A

 

THE PRIZE MONEY: Total prize money: $215 million

 

 

SPRING RACING CARNIVAL HISTORY

 

The Victorian Spring Racing Carnival is one of the biggest thoroughbred racing carnivals in the world.

 

 

The Melbourne Cup week, where four extravaganza meetings are held at Flemington is worth over $400 million to the Victorian Government alone.

 

Last year the Victorian Racing Club released the figure of a gross economic benefit to the State of $427.1 million.

 

The figures were up 10.1 per-cent on the previous year and a 16.6 per-cent boost on 2012.

 

A crowd of 100,000 people flock to Flemington by car, rail or bus to be on course for the running of the $6 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the traditional date of the first Tuesday in November.

 

It is the biggest turnout of punters by far to any racetrack in Australasia and one of the biggest crowds to a turf event in the world.

 

In Victoria, there is a State holiday for the running of the Melbourne Cup and States and territories around Australia celebrate with Melbourne Cup luncheons.

 

Last year there was a 7.8 per-cent increase in the number of out-of-State visitors (80,472) attending the Melbourne Cup week, including 68,038 event-motivated attendees (up 42 per-cent on 2012) and 5494 extended stay visitors (up 45.3 per-cent on 2015).

 

They spent $383 million in commercial accommodation spending in Victoria (up 45.3 per-cent on 2015).

 

Over $44 million was spent on fashions and retail in Victoria. Another $23.6 million was spent on meals, food and beverages and $45.2 million on wagering.

 

There was employment for some 20,000 in staff and contractors working for 934 companies at Flemington in the lead up to the event.

 

SPRING RACING CARNIVAL FORMAT

 

The Victorian Spring Racing Carnival attracted 25 international horses to Melbourne for the purpose of running at the Carnival, including six from the United Kingdom and six from New Zealand.

 

In October the three-day carnival at Caulfield kicks the carnival off big time with the Caulfield Guineas (for three-year-olds) and the Caulfield Cup the highlights of the glamour racing.

 

This is followed by the Australasian weight-for-age championship of the Cox Plate run at picturesque Moonee Valley the following week.

 

The Sandown Classic ends the carnival at Sandown Park in November, one week after the Melbourne Cup carnival.

 

The Caulfield Cup is a handicap run over 2400m and is regarded as one of the toughest races in Australia. The winner of the Caulfield Cup is exempt from ballot in the Melbourne Cup.

 

Country racing plays a key in the 50 days of the Carnival with Geelong, Cranbourne, Moe, Seymour, Bendigo cups and other centres hosting feature “Cups” in the lead up to the pivotal Melbourne Cup.

 

The Carnival officially starts with the running of the Aurie’s Star Handicap, the first Group race of the new season. The first Group 1 is the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield in late August.

 

 

SPRING RACING CARNIVAL BETTING

 

The Victorian Racing Carnival attracts the best three-year-olds, sprinters and stayers from around Australia and New Zealand to contest the time-honoured races.

 

The showcase of the three-year-olds is the running of the Caulfield Guineas (October), the Victoria Derby and the VRC Oaks (November).

 

All three races are Group 1 and attract the best of the nation’s three-year-old colts, geldings and fillies.

 

The Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup are the principle targets of the national and international brigade.

 

Champion trainers such as Dermot Weld and Aidan O’Brien and the world renowned Godolphin regularly bring horses down-under to contest the Cups and Cox Plate.

 

There are a host of “feeder” Group 1 races at Caulfield, Moonee Valley and Flemington into the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and the Cox Plate.

 

The Victorian Spring Racing Carnival caters for all horses with the sprinters high on the drawcard for three-year-olds and the older horses.

 

The distance of the Group 1 sprint races range from 1000m to 1600m at all three metropolitan tracks.

 

The running of the $1 million Coolmore Stud Stakes, over 1200m at Flemington on November 4, (this year) is the grand final for the three-year-old sprinters.

 

There are rich races on offer for the three-year-old fillies over the sprinting and staying distances along the road, including the Group 1 Thousand Guineas, over 1600m at Caulfield, and the VRC Oaks, over 2500m at Flemington.

 

The Victorian Spring Racing Carnival is a magnet for owners and trainers with fillies and mares with a host of black type races available for them to win over all distances.

 

The highlight of the fillies’ and mares’ races is the Group 1 Myer Classic, run over 1600m at Flemington, on November 4.

 

The Geelong Cup, run over 2400m at Geelong in late October, is used by Australian and international trainers as a last minute qualifying race into the Melbourne Cup.

 

The Dermot Weld-trained Media Puzzle won the Geelong-Melbourne cups double in 2002.

 

The cream of Sydney’s horses come down to Melbourne to contest all feature races, after the conclusion of their Victorian Spring Racing Carnival with the running of the $10 million The Everest in mid-October.

 

Sydney’s champion trainer Chris Waller brings a powerhouse team down each year from his Randwick stables.

 

Australia’s First Lady of the turf, Gai Waterhouse won the 2012 Melbourne Cup with Fiorente in 2012.

 

 

KEY VICTORIAN SPRING RACING CARNIVAL RACE DATES

 

 

Date

Race

Distance

Track

1-Oct-17

Underwood Stakes

1800

Caulfield

1-Oct-17

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

1400

Caulfield

7-Oct-17

Turnbull Stakes

2000

Flemington

14-Oct-17

Caulfield Guineas

1600

Caulfield

14-Oct-17

Caulfield Stakes

2000

Caulfield

14-Oct-17

Thousand Guineas

1600

Caulfield

14-Oct-17

Toorak Handicap

1600

Caulfield

15-Oct-17

Cranbourne Cup

2025

Cranbourne

21-Oct-17

Caulfield Cup

2400

Caulfield

22-Oct-17

Seymour Cup

1600

Seymour

25-Oct-17

Geelong Cup

2400

Geelong

27-Oct-17

Manikato Stakes

1200

Moonee Valley

28-Oct-17

Cox Plate

2040

Moonee Valley

29-Oct-17

Sale Cup

1600

Sale

1-Nov-17

Bendigo Cup

2400

Bendigo

4-Nov-17

Victoria Derby

2500

Flemington

4-Nov-17

Cantala Stakes

1600

Flemington

4-Nov-17

Coolmore Stud Stakes

1200

Flemington

4-Nov-17

Myer Classic

1600

Flemington

7-Nov-17

Emirates Melbourne Cup

3200

Flemington

9-Nov-17

VRC Oaks

2500

Flemington

11-Nov-17

Emirates Stakes

2000

Flemington

11-Nov-17

Darley Classic

1200

Flemington

18-Nov-17

Zipping Classic

2400

Sandown

18-Nov-17

Sandown Guineas

1600

Sandown

25-Nov-17

Ballarat Cup

2200

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