The Spring Racing Carnival is the country's biggest and most prestigious horse racing carnival, held annually both as the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. The Spring Racing Carnival is also a huge social event for non-racing fans, with thousands of patrons attending for all the glitz and glamour that the Spring Racing Carnival has to offer. The carnival features a number of Group 1 races, including the iconic Melbourne Cup, which is run over 3,200 metres and attracts international Group 1 grade horses.
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.
By now you should know that The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is undoubtedly the biggest racing event on Australian soil. The most famous being the Melbourne Cup with the carnival making household names of so many horses, both domestic and international. The Melbourne Cup is a part of the 4-day Flemington Carnival which is the major event of the Melbourne Spring Carnival and as you will read features many important races.
In Victoria the more well known races take place across 3 metropolitan racecourses, not just Flemington, but also Caulfield and Moonee Valley. But that all is to come later.
Let´s first look at New South Wales where there are 2 major racecourse hosting the key Spring Carnival races.