2018 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival Information, Betting Preview & Tips

Preview of The Sydney Autumn Carnival – which includes The Championships – with the first Group 1 being run on March 3 and the last Group 1 on April 21.

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DATE:  March 3 to April 21, 2018

 

LOCATION: Royal Randwick, Rosehill and Warwick Farm.

 

DISTANCES: from 1000m to 3200m

 

RACE TYPE: The two highlights of the Sydney Autumn Carnival are The Championships and The Golden Slipper Stakes Carnival.

The Sydney Autumn Carnival is the biggest racing event in Australia with Sydney offering more prize-money and more Group racing than the Melbourne Autumn Carnival.

There are Group 1 races held at Warwick Farm, Rosehill and Randwick, with the first Group 1 kicking off with the running of the $600,000 weight-for-age Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on March 3.

The world’s richest two-year-old race is the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m), run at Rosehill on March 24.

The two days of The Championships, where there is prize-money in excess of $18m, are held at Royal Randwick in late March and early April.

There are eight individual Group 1 races, including the $4m weight-for-age Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m). The Queen Elizabeth Stakes prize-money is second only to the Melbourne Cup ($6m).

 

STATUS: Races are open to two-year-olds, three-year-olds, fillies and mares only, sprinters, middle-distance gallopers and stayers.

The Sydney Autumn Carnival will attract the best horses from all other States of Australia and New Zealand to contest the myriad of Group races on offer.

International participation from the Northern Hemisphere is also sought by the Australian Turf Club, but because of the time of the year the carnival is held, it is difficult to achieve that goal.

However last year saw Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby make a successful raid with Polarisation winning the $2m Sydney Cup (3200m).

 

2017 WINNERS: The $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes was won by She Will Reign by a margin of 2.3 lengths in a time of 1 minute 15.04 seconds.

 

The 2017 $3m Doncaster Handicap was won by It’s Somewhat by a margin of a half-length in a time of 1 minute 29.17 seconds.

 

The 2017 $1.5m BMW was won by Jameka by a margin of 6.5 lengths in a time of 2 minutes 35.65 seconds.

 

The 2017 $2.5m TJ Smith Stakes was won by Chautauqua by a margin of 0.2 lengths in a time of 1 minute 12.44 seconds.

 

The 2017 $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes was won by Winx by a margin of 5.3 lengths in a time of 2 minutes 07.22 seconds.

 

The 2017 $2m Sydney Cup was won by Polarisation, by a margin of 0.2 lengths in a time of 3 minutes 29.16 seconds.

 

THE PRIZE MONEY: There are more than 45 group races and a total of $33 million in prize-money on offer.

 

 

THE SYDNEY AUTUMN CARNIVAL HISTORY

 

The Sydney Autumn Carnival has a rich history, which stretches right back to the 1900s.

It is the biggest racing carnival held in Australia at its time consisting of six weeks of racing by the Australian Turf Club.

The carnival is conducted at Sydney’s three major racetracks at Royal Randwick, Rosehill and Warwick Farm.

The most important races of the carnival are the Golden Slipper Stakes, the BMW Stakes, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Doncaster Handicap, the T J Smith Stakes, the Sydney Cup, the Australian Derby and the Australian Oaks along with the Rosehill Guineas.

The Championship was inaugurated in 2014 to attract Northern Hemisphere participation at Sydney’s premier racing carnival. The Canterbury racetrack was granted approval by the Federal Government to be used as a quarantine training facility for Northern Hemisphere horses coming to participate.

The Championship is held over two days at Royal Randwick (April 7 and 14) with the richest races of the eight Group 1 events being the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) and the $3m Doncaster Handicap (1600m).

 

The Golden Slipper carnival is held at Rosehill Gardens, hosting the world’s richest two-year-old race in the $3.5m Golden Slipper (1200m) and the $600,000 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) for three-year-olds being two of the major highlights of the two days of racing on March 24 and 31.

The $1.5m BMW Stakes (2400m), run at weight-for-age, is the highlight of the second day of the carnival.

 

THE SYDNEY AUTUMN CARNIVAL ODDS

 

Compare all the latest prices for every race at the Sydney Autumn Carnival, covering all the big days and races.

 

THE SYDNEY AUTUMN CARNIVAL BETTING AND TIPS

 

As the Sydney Autumn Carnival progresses check back for our race-by-race tips and previews for the big race-day, with Best Bet, Next Bet and Best Roughie selections along with multiples at selected meetings throughout the carnival.

 

 

THE SYDNEY AUTUMN CARNIVAL FORMAT

 

The prize-money offered at the Sydney Autumn Carnival eclipses that of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

It is a festival of high stakes, sports, food and fashion.

The Golden Slipper is at the heart of the carnival with the race day known as “the place where legends are made”.

The Championships is living up to the expectations of its creators bringing world class racing to the home of NSW’s racing at Randwick.

The carnival has glamour with famous actors and royalty gracing the hollowed greens of Rosehill and Randwick, tasting the culinary delights offered in a festival of food and racing.

The food is the best offered at any racecourse in the world with top chefs preparing gourmet meals and deserts for hungry race-goers.

Sydney is a city bursting with life, offering world-class restaurants, cafes and pubs on the iconic harbour and then there is the famous Hunter Valley region where not only are some of the world’s best racehorses produced but the best of wines and culinary delights.

 

THE SYDNEY AUTUMN CARNIVAL BETTING

 

Betting is mammoth on the Sydney Autumn Carnival. It rivals the Melbourne Cup Carnival as Australia’s second biggest racing event on the annual calendar.

The first feature race of the Carnival is the Group 2 weight-for-age Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on February 3.

The Carnival does not shift into full gear until after the running of the $1.5 million weight-for-age Australian Cup (2000m) and the $1.25m Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 10.

It has become tradition that at the end of the Carnival Hawkesbury hosts a stand-alone Saturday feature meeting where the Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) and Gold Cup (1600m) are the two main features of the day on May 5.

 

 

KEY SYDNEY AUTUMN CARNIVAL RACE DAYS

 

Date

Race

Distance

Track

3-March-18

Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes

1600m

Warwick Farm

10-March-18

Group 1 Randwick 3YO Guineas

Group 1 Canterbury Stakes Guineas 

1600m and 1300m

Randwick

17-March-18

Group 1 Coolmore F&M Classic

1500m

Randwick

24-March-18

Group 1 Golden 2YR Slipper

Group 1 George Ryder Stakes

 

Group 1 Ranvet Stakes

 

Group 1 Rosehill 3YR Guineas

 

Group 1 The Galaxy

1200m

 

1500m

 

 

2000m

 

2000m

 

 

1100m

Rosehill

31-March-18

Group 1 The BMW

Group 1 Storm 3F Queen Stakes

 

2400m

 

2000m

 

Rosehill

7-April-18

Group 1 Doncaster Handicap

Group 1 T J Smith Stakes

Group 1 Australian 3YR Derby

Group 1 ATC Sires 2YR Stakes

1600m

 

 

1200m

 

2400m

 

1400m

Randwick

14-April-18

Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Group 1 Sydney Cup

Group 1 Australian 3F Oaks

Group 1 Queen Of The Turf F&M Stakes

2000m

 

3200m

 

2400m

 

1600m

Randwick

21-April-18

Group 1 All Aged Stakes

Group 1 ATC Champagne 2YR Stakes

1400m

 

1600m

Randwick

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