Australian Autumn Racing Carnival

In Australia there are racing carnivals to suit every season, especially with the arrival of Autumn.

The Autumn Racing Carnival is also held in Melbourne and Sydney and features some of the year's most important horse races, including the All Star Mile and Golden Slipper and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes

In case you are unaware and jumped straight to this chapter, for each of the races, I have included the race name, race distance, whether Group 1 or 2 etc, the horse entry conditions including Weight-For-Age where applicable, the prize money and of course the racecourse.

Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival

Melbourne also hosts an Autumn Racing Carnival, which can start as early as late January and continue right through to April, featuring some tremendous racing, including numerous Group 1 & Feature races, across the familiar Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley racecourses.

Listed here are the races worthy of note:

Blue Diamond Stakes 1,200mG12yrs$2mCaulfield&&
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes1,000mG1Open WFA$1mFlemington 
Oakleigh Plate1,100mG1H´cap$750kCaulfield&&
Newmarket Handicap + 1,200mG1H´cap$1.5mFlemington 
(+ The only other Flemington race where 24 horses are permitted to start)
Futurity Stakes1,400m G13yrs and up WFA$750kCaulfield&&
All Star Mile *1,600mOtherWFA$5mRotates
(* Racing fans vote for 10 of the horses in the race with 4 reserved for wild card entries)
William Reid Stakes 1,200mG1WFA$1mMne Valley
Lexus Roy Higgins ++2,600mListed3yrs and up$500kFlemington
Australian Cup2,000m G13yrs and up WFA$3mFlemington
Sunlight Classic1,100mListed3yrs H´cap$500kFlemington
Underwood Stakes1,800mG13 yrs and up WFA$1mSandown&&
The (VOBIS Sires) Showdown**1,200m Other2yrs$1mCaulfield&&
VOBIS Sires Guineas **1,600mOther3yrs$475kCaulfield&&
(** Both races are only for descendants of VOBIS Sires nominated stallions)

The Australian Cup today is run over 2,000 metres but until the 1940s it was Australia´s premium long distance race, run over a longer distance (3,600 metres) than the Melbourne Cup.

One other race of note in Victoria during the Autumn is:

The Country Discovery1,100mOtherOpen H´cap$500kGeelong

(It is worth noting that Caulfield was due to close for six months in 2022 as part the Melbourne Racing Club's plan to build a second track at the venue and this has meant that 10 race meetings have moved temporarily to Sandown (including the Blue Diamond Stakes.)

Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival

The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival is equally as big as the Melbourne edition. There are 18 Group 1 races with over $40m in prize money. The first half is primarily based at Rosehill Gardens with 7 Group 1 races and then the attention turns to Royal Randwick for a simply massive program of racing, starting with a real show stopper, the Golden Slipper, the richest race in the world for 2yr olds and which was first run in 1957:

Chipping Norton Stakes 1,600mG13yrs and up WFA$600kRandwick
Randwick Guineas1,600mG13yrs$1mRandwick
Rosehill Guineas2,000mG13yrs$600kRosehill
George Ryder Stakes1,500m G1WFA$1mRosehill
Ranvet Stakes +2,000mG1WFA$1mRosehill
(+ This race can be a pointer to the Tancred Stakes which takes place a week later)
The Galaxy1,100m G13yrs and up $1mRosehill
Golden Slipper1,200mG12yrs$5mRosehill
Tancred Stakes                 2,400mG13yrs and up WFA$1.5mRosehill
Vinery Stud Stakes2,000mG13yrs fillies$500kRosehill
Doncaster Mile1,600m G13yrs and up$4mRandwick
TJ Smith Stakes1,200mG1WFA$3mRandwick
Ingles Sires Produce Stakes1,400m G13yrs and up$500kRandwick
Australian Derby2,400mG13yrs$1mRandwick
Australian/ATC Oaks2,400m G13yrs fillies$1mRandwick
Queen of the Turf Stakes1,600mG13yrs and up$1mRandwick
Arrowfield Sprint1,200mG23yrs$1mRandwick
Percy Sykes Stakes          1,200mG22yrs fillies$1mRandwick
Queen Elizabeth Stakes2,000mG13yrs and older WFA$5mRandwick
Sydney Cup3,200m G13yrs and older$2mRandwick
All Aged Stakes1,400mG1WFA$600kRandwick
Champagne Stakes1,600mG12yrs$500kRandwick