Horse racing is a popular past time activity in Australia. It is a regulated activity and betting on horse racing is allowed. In Australia, there is the Harness and Greyhound and Thoroughbred racing seven days a week. The only time racing does not take place is Christmas Day and Good Friday. Here is a look at the various races.

Queen Elizabeth Stakes VRC

This race is registered as part of the Victoria Racing Club Group 3 Thoroughbred horse race for horse three years or older. It takes place in open handicap conditions with a distance of more than 2600 meters. The race is held at the Flemington Racecourse that is located in Melbourne Australia. It takes place on the final day of the VRC Spring Carnival, which takes place at the start of November. The prize at this race is A$300,000.

Railway Stakes

The Railways Stakes is part of the Australian Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race. It takes place under handicap race condition over 1600 meters. It is held at the Ascot Racecourse that is held in Perth towards the end of November. The prize is A$1,000,000. The Railways Stakes race took place in 1887 with the stakes of 60 sovereigns.

Myer Classic

This race also called The Empire Rose Stakes is a race that is part of the Victoria Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race. It has held the conditions of Weight for Age. This race is for mares and fillies that are three years old or more. It takes place over 1600 meters and is held at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. The Myer Classic takes place each year during the VRC Spring Carnival, specifically on the Victoria Derby Day. Prize money at this race is A$500,000. This race is named after Empire Rose. A mare won the LKS MacKinnon Stakes. It was held during the Melbourne Cup double.

Wa Guineas

The WA Guineas is a part of the Perth Racing Group 2 Thoroughbred horse race. It is a race for horses that are three years old and with set weights. The total distance of the race is 1600 metres. This race is held at the Ascot Racecourse that is located in Perth. The race is held in November each year. It first took place at Ascots in November 1937. The aim was to mark the Birthday of the King. This was held since the first time as a weight for age mile race for horse three years old. In 1941, it was stopped due to the war economies. In 1943, the race resumed and it was run on the Saturday of the Birthday Meeting for the King, which took place in November. In 2003, it took place at the Belmont Park Racecourse.

Caulfield Cup

This is one of the biggest events in the horse racing calendar of Australia. It is the ideal lead up race for the Melbourne Cup. As a result, you will see many of the same horses during both of the races. The race took place on October 20 in 2018 and the winner was the BEST SOLUTION.

In 2019, the race will take place on October 2019, which is a Saturday. It will be held at the Caulfield Racecourse located in Melbourne. It will be the feather in the cap of the Melbourne Racing Club’s 3-day Spring Racing Carnival. This takes place in November of each year.

It is held over a 2400 meter distance and takes place under conditions of Handicap. The cup at this race, which is worth A$5 million is the most lucrative one at the distance. It ranks at the same level as the Melbourne Cup in both popularity and prestige. The Caulfield Cup of 2019 will be the fifth leg of the Cup’s Double for spring.

It marks the beginning of the elite races for punters and enthusiasts of racing throughout the nation. The Cox Plate for 2019, which takes place a week later at the Moonee Valley and then the Melbourne Cup Carnival a week after that, which will occur at Flemington.

Summary

This is a sample of some of the top events in Australia. However, if you really enjoy horse racing, there is always a race being held somewhere on any day within the nation. 

 

Published by Matthew Piggot