RACING – Complete Spring Planner

The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is undoubtably the highlight of the racing year in Australia and it brings together the very best of Australian and International thoroughbreds for 50 days of world-class horse racing action. The whole event has a carnival like atmosphere which brings the city of Melbourne to life during spring carnival time.

The major racing carnival during the spring is the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival held at Flemington in early November, home to Melbourne Cup Day, while the three-day Caulfield Cup carnival held at Caulfield in October is also an exciting affair for horse racing fans.

Other feature race days during spring include WS Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley in late October, and Sandown Classic day at Sandown in November, one week after the Flemington carnival ends on Emirates Stakes day.

Group racing kicks off in early August with the  Aurie’s Star Handicap is the first group race of the new season, while the first Group One race takes place in late August with the running of the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield racecourse. A number of high quality feature races are then held each week before we get to the important Caulfield, Moonee Valley and Flemington racing carnivals in late October and early November.

The Caulfield Cup is the second of the big spring cups and it is a tough Group One handicap event over 2400m that takes place in mid October and forms part of big feature spring cups betting double with the Melbourne Cup.

Moonee Valley racecourse is host to the Group One WS Cox Plate over 2040m in October, one week after the Caulfield Cup, and it’s widely recognised as the weight-for-age championship of Australasia.

Saturday 8th October 2016 – Caulfield – Caulfield Guineas Day
StatusRace NamePrizemoneyDistanceRace Type
Gr 1Caulfield Guineas$1,000,0001600m3yo Open SW
Gr 1Thousand Guineas$500,0001600m3yoF Open SW
Gr 1Caulfield Stakes$400,0002000mWeight-for-age
Gr 1Toorak Handicap$400,0001600mOpen Hcp
Gr 2Herbert Power Stakes$220,0002400mQuality Hcp
Gr 2Schillaci Stakes$220,0001100mWeight-for-age
Gr 3Thoroughbred Club Stakes$150,0001200m3yoF SW+Pen
Gr 3Northwood Plume Stakes$150,0001200mMares SW+Pen
Sunday 9th October 2016 – Cranbourne Cup Day 
StatusRace NamePrizemoneyDistanceRace Type
LRCranbourne Cup$200,0002025mOpen Hcp
Wednesday 12th October 2016 – Caulfield – Thousand Guineas Day
StatusRace NamePrizemoneyDistanceRace Type
Gr 3Blue Sapphire Stakes$350,0001200m3yo SW
Gr 3Ladies Day Vase$120,0001600mMares SW+Pen
Saturday 15th October 2016 – Caulfield – Caulfield Cup Day
StatusRace NamePrizemoneyDistanceRace Type
Gr 1Caulfield Cup$3,000,0002400mOpen Hcp
Gr 2Caulfield Sprint$220,0001100mOpen Hcp
Gr 2Tristarc Stakes$220,0001400m4yo Mares SW+Pen
Gr 3Caulfield Classic$500,0002000m3yo Open SW
Gr 3David Jones Cup$150,0002000mOpen Hcp
Gr 3Moonga Stakes$150,0001400m4yo&Up SW+Pen
Gr 3Ethereal Stakes$150,0002000m3yo F SW+Pen
Sunday 16th October 2016 – Seymour Cup Day 
StatusRace NamePrizemoneyDistanceRace Type
LRSeymour Cup$150,0001600mOpen Hcp
Wednesday 19th October 2016 – Geelong Cup Day 
StatusRace NamePrizemoneyDistanceRace Type
Gr 3Geelong Cup$300,0002400mOpen Hcp
Friday 21st October 2016 – Manikato Stakes Night
StatusRace NamePrizemoneyDistanceRace Type
Gr 1Manikato Stakes$1,000,0001200mWeight-for-age
Saturday 22nd October 2016 – Moonee Valley – WS Cox Plate Day
StatusRace NamePrizemoneyDistanceRace Type
Gr 1WS Cox Plate$3,000,0002040mWeight-for-age
Gr 2Moonee Valley Cup$250,0002500m4yo&Up SW+Pen
Gr 2Crystal Mile$200,0001600mWFA
Gr 2AAMI Vase$200,0002040m3yo SW
Gr 2Moonee Valley Fillies Classic$200,0001600m3yo Fillies
Gr 3Inglis Mile$150,0001600m4yo&Up Mares Hcp
Gr 3Red Anchor Stakes$150,0001200m3yo Sw+Pen
Wednesday 26th October 2016 – Bendigo Cup Day
StatusRace NamePrizemoneyDistanceRace Type
Gr 3Bendigo Cup$300,0002400mOpen Hcp
Saturday 29th October 2016 – Flemington – Victoria Derby Day
StatusRace NamePrizemoneyDistanceRace Type
Gr 1AAMI Victoria Derby$1,500,0002500m3yo SW
Gr 1Longines Mile$1,000,0001600mQuality Hcp
Gr 1Coolmore Stud Stakes$500,0001200m3yo SW
Gr 1Myer Classic$500,0001600mF&M WFA
Gr 2Wakeful Stakes$250,0002000m3yoF SW+Pen
Gr 2Salinger Stakes$250,0001200mOpen Hcp
Gr 3Carbine Club Stakes$200,0001600m3yo SW+Pen
Gr 3The Lexus Stakes$200,0002500mQuality Hcp
Gr 3Begonia Belle Stakes$200,0001100mMares SW+Pen
Tuesday 1st November 2016 – Flemington – Melbourne Cup Day
StatusRace NamePrizemoneyDistanceRace Type
Gr 1Melbourne Cup$6,175,0003200m3yo+ Open Hcp
Gr 3Maybe Mahal Stakes$200,0001400mMares SW+Pen
Gr 3Ottawa Stakes$100,0001000m2yoF SW
Thursday 3rd November 2016 – Flemington – Crown Oaks Day
StatusRace NamePrizemoneyDistanceRace Type
Gr 1Crown Oaks$1,000,0002500m3yoF SW
Gr 3Chatham Stakes$200,0001400mOpen Hcp
Gr 3Red Roses Stakes$200,0001100m3yoF SW+Pen
Saturday 5th November 2016 – Flemington – Emirates Stakes Day
StatusRace NamePrizemoneyDistanceRace Type
Gr 1Emirates Stakes$2,000,0002000mWeight-for-age
Gr 1VRC Sprint Classic$1,000,0001200mWeight-for-age
Gr 2Matriarch Stakes$250,0002000mMares SW+Pen
Gr 3Queen Elizabeth Stakes$200,0002600mQuality Hcp
Gr 3Maribyrnong Plate$150,0001000m2yo SW
Saturday 12th November 2016 – Caulfield – Sandown Classic Day
StatusRace NamePrizemoneyDistanceRace Type
Gr 2Sandown Classic$350,0002400m2yo+ Open WFA
Gr 2Sandown Guineas$350,0001600m3yo SW
Gr 3Sandown Stakes$150,0001400mQuality Hcp
Gr 3Eclipse Stakes$150,0001800mQuality Hcp
Gr 3Kevin Heffernan Stakes$135,0001200mWeight-for-age
Gr 3Summoned Stakes$135,0001600mMares SW+Pen
Saturday 19st November 2016 – Ballarat Cup Day 
StatusRace NamePrizemoneyDistanceRace Type
LRBallarat Cup$200,0002200mOpen Hcp


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