Group races in Australia are divided into 3 main categories:
- Group 1 – more than $350,000 prizemoney
- Group 2 – more than $175,000 prizemoney
- Group 3 – more than $115,000 prizemoney
7 Richest Horse Races in Australia
3200m I Handicap | Flemington Racecourse I Prizemoney – $6,200,000
The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most prestigious annual Thoroughbred horse race. The Victorian Racing Club conducts the event on the Flemington Racecourse as part of the spring carnival in Melbourne, Victoria. The event commences at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November and is recognized as ‘the race that stops a nation’.
The Melbourne Cup is the 3rd richest race in the world running behind the Dubai World Cup (US$10m) held on the synthetic track at Meydan, and the Japan Cup (A$6.8), which is held on grass in prizemoney.
1600m I Handicap | Randwick Racecourse I Prizemoney – $3,000,000
The Doncaster Mile, registered as the Doncaster Handicap is an Australian Turf Club Group 1 Thoroughbred handicap race for horses three years and older,. The event is held over 1,600 metres at Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, Australia
1200m I Set-Weights I Rosehill Racecourse I Prizemoney – $3,500,000
The Golden Slipper Stakes is an Australian Turf Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race for two-year-olds run over 1,200 metres on turf at set weights conditions, held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney, Australia in March every year.
2000m I Weight For Age I Randwick Racecourse I Prizemoney – $4,000,000
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is an Australian Turf Club Group 1 Weight for Age Thoroughbred horse run over a distance of 2,000 metres at Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in the autumn during the ATC Championships series. Prize money in 2013 was A$500,000 and was increased to A$4,000,000 in 2014 to become the richest race of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and the richest WFA race in Australia.
W.S Cox Plate
2040m I Weight For Age I Moonee Valley Racecourse I Prizemoney – $3,000,000
The W.S Cox Plate is viewed to some as the premier race in Australian horse racing. The event is conducted as part of a two-day carnival at Moonee Valley racetrack which begins with the Group I Manikato Stakes (1200m) on Cox Plate eve.
The W.S. Cox Plate is a Moonee Valley Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race for horses aged three years old and over under Weight for age conditions, over a distance of 2040 metres, held at Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia in late October. The race is Australia’s second richest weight-for-age race with prizemoney of A$3,000,000, which is only second behind the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
2400m I Handicap I Caulfield Racecourse I Prizemoney – $3,000,000
The Caulfield Cup is a Melbourne Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race held under handicap conditions although the Melbourne Racing Club over a distance of 2400 metres. It is held at Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne in mid-October. The prizemoney is A$3,000,000.
1200m I Weight For Age I Randwick Racecourse I Prizemoney – $10,000,000
The Australian Turf Club have announced a newly formed race called The Everest that will be run at Randwick racecourse on October 14 2017. Owners will be able to buy a spot in the 12-horse field with a three-year commitment for $600,000 a year.
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Group 1 Horse Races in Australia
|A J Moir Stakes||1||3YO+||Open||wfa||1000||Moonee Valley|
|All Aged Stakes||1||Open||Open||wfa||1400||Randwick|
|Black Caviar Lightning||1||Open||Open||wfa||1000||Flemington|
|Blue Diamond Stakes||1||2YO||Open||sw||1200||Caulfield|
|C F Orr Stakes||1||3YO+||Open||wfa||1400||Caulfield|
|Champagne Stakes (ATC)||1||2YO||Open||sw||1600||Randwick|
|Chipping Norton Stakes||1||3YO+||Open||wfa||1600||Randwick|
|Colgate Optic White Stakes||1||3YO+||Open||wfa||1600||Randwick|
|Coolmore Stud Stakes||1||3YO||Open||sw||1200||Flemington|
|George Ryder Stakes||1||3YO+||Open||wfa||1500||Rosehill|
|Golden Rose Stakes||1||3YO||Open||sw||1400||Rosehill|
|Golden Slipper Stakes||1||2YO||Open||sw||1200||Rosehill|
|Kingston Town Classic||1||3YO+||Open||wfa||1800||Ascot|
|Makybe Diva Stakes||1||3YO+||Open||wfa||1600||Flemington|
|Manikato Stakes||1||Open||Open||wfa||1200||Moonee Valley|
|Queen Elizabeth Stakes (ATC)||1||3YO+||Open||wfa||2000||Randwick|
|Queensland Derby||1||3YO||Open||sw||2400||Eagle Farm|
|Queensland Oaks||1||3YO||Fillies||sw||2400||Eagle Farm|
|Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes||1||Open||Open||hcp||1400||Caulfield|
|South Australian Derby||1||3YO||Open||sw||2500||Morphettville|
|Spring Champion Stakes||1||3YO||Open||sw||2000||Randwick|
|Stradbroke Handicap||1||Open||Open||hcp||1400||Eagle Farm|
|T J Smith Stakes||1||Open||Open||wfa||1200||Randwick|
|Tattersall’s Club Tiara||1||Open||F&M||wfa||1400||Eagle Farm|
|The J. J. Atkins||1||2YO||Open||sw||1600||Eagle Farm|
|The Thousand Guineas||1||3YO||Fillies||sw||1600||Caulfield|
|Vinery Stud Stakes||1||3YO||Fillies||sw||2000||Rosehill|
|W.S. Cox Plate||1||3YO+||Open||wfa||2040||Moonee Valley|
|William Reid Stakes||1||3YO+||Open||wfa||1200||Moonee Valley|