The Top Upcoming Horse Racing Events

Racing Carnivals are held in each of the Australian states with the biggest being Victoria’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. (Photo credit: © Martin Applegate |

Racing Carnivals are held in each of the Australian states throughout the year, but the biggest, without a doubt, is Melbourne, Victoria’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

This city is home to the most famous race in Australia, Flemington’s Melbourne Cup, as well as the Caulfield Cup, held at Caulfield, and the Cox Plate, which takes place at Moonee Valley.

Keep Up to Speed with the Caulfield Cup

Punters heartily enjoy Caulfield Cup betting, but even people who don’t enjoy wagering flock to see the horses run in this Group One Open Handicap Race.

It takes place annually at the Caulfield racecourse, during October, as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, and is run over 2 400 meters. The winner gets AU$300 000 in prize money, and last year’s champion was a horse named Jameka.

This Cup has become one of the richest handicap races in the world, and is the second largest race in Australia, after the Melbourne Cup. It is the premier race of the Caulfield Racing Carnival, which takes place over three days.

The October Caulfield Racing Carnival, especially the Caulfield Cup, marks the beginning of big-time racing in Melbourne, as spring racing just keeps heating up from here on out: the Cox Plate is a week later, and the Victoria Derby takes place the week after that.

Win with the WS Cox Plate

The WS Cox Plate is a Group One weight-for-age race head annually at the Moonee Valley racecourse, and forms part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The race takes place over 2 040 meters, and the winner receives more than AU$300 000.

Punters who took part in Cox Plate betting last year who backed Winx came away with plenty of extra money in their pocket, since she took first place in 2016.

Not only is the WS Cox Plate the premier weight-for-age racing event on Australia’s racing calendar, it is also widely held to the foremost weight-for-age championship in all of Australasia.

This race is reserved for the very best horses, and winners are typically first-rate Thoroughbreds.

Great Times at the Geelong Cup

The Geelong Cup is a Group Three Open Handicap Race which is held yearly, on a Wednesday each October, at the Geelong Racecourse, and it takes place during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Geelong Cup betting is a very popular pastime with both Australians and punters around the rest of the world, and the race takes place over a distance of 2 400 meters, with the winner takes home a prize of AU$300 000. Last year’s star was Qewy.

The Racing Club where the Geelong Cup takes place is situated about 72 kilometres to Melbourne’s south west, and is one of the chief Country Cups that takes place outside of the metropolitan area during the springtime.

It’s generally a very strong race, with a number of winners of the most recent Geelong Cups going on to do very well at the Melbourne Cup too.

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