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Spring Racing Carnival: Everything You Need To Know

​the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival: A beginners guide

As the winter chill begins to lift, the action on Victorian racing tracks begins to heat up ​with the Spring Racing Carnival.

After a long winter toiling for form, the best jockeys and horses are now gearing up for the finest races of the year over the Spring Racing Carnival - including the jewel in the crown, the Melbourne Cup.

It is a time for fashion, fun and fast-paced racing. But for those used to ambling into the office lunchroom for a chicken sambo and a plastic cup full of champagne on Melbourne Cup day, the true magic of this spring racing carnival season can get lost in the wash.

So before you try and pour yourself into your freshly dry-cleaned high school formal suit from a decade or two ago, here is your guide to the Spring Racing Carnival season and the big races and riches on offer.

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Group 1 races in the Spring Racing Carnival

If you want to avoid dusty grays loping around like they're heading to a cruise ship buffet, then the Group 1 races during the Spring Racing Carnival are your ticket.

There are hundreds of races across the Spring Racing Carnival with the quality swerving from Grange to Passion Pop depending on the meet.

The Group 1 races are the ones you want to watch, these are where the quality horses line up for chances at the real money and tickets to the big races (read: Melbourne Cup).

There are 21 Group 1 Races during the Spring Racing Carnival in all, so here is your guide to the races where you will want to wear your Myer tie, not your Kmart one at the track.

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Memsie Stakes

The Group 3 Auries Star Handicap kicks off ​the Spring Racing Carnival in August, but the elite action starts to wind up in September with the $1 million Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.

This is your chance to get a look at some of the finest thoroughbreds take to the track for this weight-for-age battle over 1400m.

Probably a good race to leave your wallet in the glove box for, though, as most of these horses will not have raced competitively in some time.

A great chance to see who has come out firing from their layoff over winter.

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Makybe Diva Stakes

This is not a new race, just a re-badged one. Formerly known as the Craiglee Stakes, this was named after the great Makybe Diva in 2007.

You remember her, right?

That horse who won three Melbourne Cups in a row while your horse galloped in the wrong direction before face-planting into a puddle of mud?

This is the Spring Racing Carnival race where the better gallopers over middle distance turn out to tune up for the bigger races down the track.

Run over 1600m in mid September.

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AJ Moir Stakes

This Spring Racing Carnival Race is a weight-for-age sprint across 1000m held in late September at Moonee Valley.

Despite the smaller prize pool, this race actually holds significant sway with the sprinter and has attracted topline talent like Black Caviar and Buffering. 

The Moonee Valley track is tight, which can make this a tense arm wrestle all the way to the end.

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Underwood Stakes and Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

Things really ramp in early October with two Group 1 races on one day at Caulfield.

The Underwood Stakes is a unique one, as it is run over 1800m which is about as common as a well behaved AFL player in the VIP lounge.

This race allows the stayers to start stepping up their preparations for the longer races. 

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a 1400m race that usually attracts a big field.

Beware at the tote, though, as the favourites have been making this race a party in recent years.

Turnbull Stakes

​Definitely not named after the Australian Prime Minister of the same name, or what he serves up for dinner.

This 2000m event at Flemington in early October is a bit of a hidden gem of the Spring Racing Carnival. It may not be a household name like the Melbourne Cup or Cox Plate.

​For trainers and connections it is held in similar esteem. As the distance suggests, this is a beautiful preparation for the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cups and you will always see an elite stable of stayers line up for this one.

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Caulfield Guineas, Caulfield Stakes, Thousand Guineas and Toorak Handicap

​Four Group 1 races in one day at Caulfield?

As the great Cosmo Kramer would say, giddy up.

Held in mid-October, there is a combined $4 million in prize money on offer across these four races. 

The Guineas kicks off the Caulfield spring racing carnival and is where three-year-olds do battle over 1600m under set weight conditions.

The Thousand Guineas is the same, just with female horses.

The Caulfield Stakes is run over 2000m and with the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate to follow soon after, this ​Spring Racing Carnival race always attracts a strong field. 

And the Toorak Handicap is also run over a mile (1600m), but is more geared towards sprinters than stayers.

A huge field contests this race, so barrier draws are crucial.

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Caulfield Cup

​Now we are cooking with gas, with Australia's second-largest horse race and one of the world's richest handicap races over 2400m. 

This ​Spring Racing Carnival Race will attract the big guns from overseas and all the prep work from our Aussie runners comes down to this. 

This is the race where we saw the great Might and Power dominate in the 1990s and Northerly lug 58kg on its bag to secure victory in 2002.

​With $3 million in prizemoney on the table, this is definitely one of the jewels of the Spring Racing Carnival crown.

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​This 1200m sprint kicks off the Cox Plate carnival at Moonee Valley with a fine field competing for $1 million.

What makes this weight-for-age race so unique is the fact that it is the only Group 1 race on the night circuit of the Spring Racing Carnival, along a notoriously tight track. 

All the ingredients are here for tight, entertaining racing and you can leave the Bunnings straw hat at home for this one too.

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WS Cox Plate

The race that Winx has dominated.

Other names you might have heard mentioned once or twice that have won ​the Cox Plate 2040m Spring Racing Carnival weight-for-age race at Mooney Valley include; Northerly, Might and Power, Makybe Diva and So You Think. 

With $3 million on the table, this is Australia's premier weight-for-age race that a horse aside from Winx may have a chance of winning in the next 10 years or so. Maybe. 

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Derby Day - Victoria Derby, Cantala Stakes, Coolmore Stud Stakes and Myer Classic

Here we are, the Victorian Derby Day at the Spring Racing Carnival holds four premier races to announce the arrival of the big show to Flemington racecourse

The big one might be a few days away, but there is plenty of action to be held over one day with four Group 1 races on the menu.

The Victoria Derby kicks off Derby Day with three-year-old battling it out over 2500m for a share in $1.5 million.

The Cantala Stakes is a new addition to the Spring Racing Carnival Derby Day, giving punters a chance to watch the best middle distance sprinters dash over 1600m.

The Coolmore Stud Stakes is a 1200m sprint down Flemington's legendary straight six with $1 million on offer.

And the Myer Classic rounds out a big day of racing with fillies and mares taking on a weight-for-age 1600m gallop.

Maybe stick to the middies today, you will need to pace yourself.

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Melbourne Cup

​Very little needs to be said about the race that stops the nation.

Just make sure you have your sickie planned in advance to be spared the office sweeps and cheap bottles of Yellow shared around the cubicles.

The best Spring Racing Carnival stayers will do battle over 3200m for a shot at $6 million.

It is grueling, it is often unpredictable, it is racing theater and poetry and you can't miss it.

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Emirates Stakes and VRC Sprint Classic

​Just because the discarded fascinators, betting slips and token drunks have been swept out of Flemington following the Melbourne Cup, doesn't mean the action of the Spring Racing Carnival is over at Flemington for the year. 

The Melbourne Cup carnival will close out with two cracking races.

The Emirates Stakes is a prestige weight-for-age race over 2000m that has been run since 1869.

And then the VRC Sprint Classic, which was changed from a handicap race to weight-for-age in 2007, will round out the carnival with a high octane dash over 1200m.

Glorious.

"Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a life time."With this guide you'll be able to make money on the horses for a life time!

Get the exact blueprint and cheat sheets this normal guy just like you uses to make $134,310.00 in 3 years on the horses.

Purchase This PDF Guide with Checklists Now!

Guide to betting on The Caulfield Cup

​"Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a life time." - With this guide you'll be able to make money on the horses for a life time!

​Purchase This PDF Guide with Checklists Now!

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About the Author Grant

Grant is an elite sporting enthusiast. His knowledge stems from the fact that he 'could have' played at the top level in no less than 5 sports, including 2 that he has never played but assures us he would have dominated. His primary loves are the AFL and Horse Racing, and to this day he insists that his lunchtime pack-mark in Year 9 remains the greatest of all time. Beyond the Dreamtime stories and the 'shoulda', 'coulda' sporting legends claims, one thing that remains true is Grant's keen eye for analysis and his stable of reliable contacts that see him deliver consistent and accurate information on many sports and our four-legged friends.

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