Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival Betting

The Melbourne Spring Carnival is undoubtedly the pinnacle of the Australian racing calendar. Held over 10 weeks, the carnival attracts the elite horse flesh of the Australian turf and is one of the most anticipated times of year for punters and racing enthusiasts alike.

The Carnival consists of meetings from all Metropolitan clubs; Flemington, Caulfield, Moonee Valley and Sandown, but also includes Geelong and Bendigo.

The most popular and anticipated races are undoubtedly the 3 majors  – the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.

The 3-day Caulfield Carnival kicks off proceedings and is held throughout a 2-week period in October. The Caulfield Guineas highlights a bumper card of racing on the first weekend, complemented by three Group 1’s, the Thousand Guineas, the Toorak Handicap, and the Caulfield Stakes. This is followed up by the Blue Sapphire meeting on the Wednesday, before the Caulfield Cup takes centre stage on the following Saturday.

The 2-day Moonee Valley Carnival takes place on the following weekend, and includes the Manikato Stakes for the speedsters on the Friday night, followed up by the W.S. Cox Plate the very next day.

The 4-day Flemington Carnival in early November, considered the jewel in the crown, and one of the most recognisable racing carnivals in the world follows. The traditional black and white themed Derby Day leads off on the first Saturday, followed by the race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday. The VRC Oaks is held on the Thursday following the Cup, and is known as ‘Ladies Day’. The Carnival is closed on Saturday with the running of the Group 1 Mackinnon.

Melbourne Spring Carnival Key Dates

Saturday 29th AUGUST 2020 – Caulfield – Memsie Stakes Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 1 Memsie Stakes $1,000,000 1400m
Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes $160,000 1200m
Group 3 Cockram Stakes $160,000 1200m
Group 3 The Heath 1100 $160,000 1100m
Saturday 5th September 2020 – Moonee Valley – Chin Nam Stakes Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes $250,000 1600m
Group 2 McEwen Stakes $200,000 1000m
Saturday 12th September 2020 – Flemington – Makybe Diva Stakes Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes $750,000 1600m
Group 2 Danehill Stakes $200,000 1200m
Group 2 Lets Elope Stakes $200,000 1400m
Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality $200,000 1200m
Saturday 19th September 2020 – Caulfield – Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes $500,000 1400m
Group 3 Naturalism Stakes $150,000 2000m
Group 3 How Now Stakes $160,000 1200m
Friday 25th September 2020 – Moonee Valley – AJ Moir Stakes Night
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes $500,000 1000m
Group 2 Stutt Stakes $200,000 1600m
Group 2 WH Stocks Stakes $200,000 1600m
Group 3 JRA Cup $200,000 2040m
Group 3 Champagne Stakes $160,000 1200m
Saturday 26th September 2020 – Caulfield – Underwood Stakes Day
Group 1 Underwood Stakes $750,000 1800m
Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude $400,000 1400m
Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude $175,000 1400m
Saturday 3rd October 2020 – Flemington – Turnbull Stakes Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 1 Turnbull Stakes $500,000 2000m
Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes $300,000 1600m
Group 2 Gilgai Stakes $300,000 1200m
Group 2 Rose of Kingston Stakes $300,000 1400m
Group 3 The Bart Cummings $500,000 2510m
Saturday 10th October 2017 – Caulfield – Caulfield Guineas Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 1 Caulfield Guineas $2,000,000 1600m
Group 1 Thousand Guineas $1,000,000 1600m
Group 1 Caulfield Stakes $1,000,000 2000m
Group 1 Toorak Handicap $500,000 1600m
Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes $300,000 2400m
Group 2 Schillaci Stakes $300,000 1100m
Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes $200,000 1200m
Group 3 Northwood Plume Stakes $200,000 1200m
Sunday 11th October 2020 – Cranbourne Cup Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
LR Cranbourne Cup $400,000 2025m
Wednesday 14th October 2020 – Caulfield – Blue Sapphire Stakes Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes $400,000 1200m
Group 3 Ladies Day Vase $200,000 1600m
Group 3 Coongy Handicap $200,000 2000m
Saturday 17th October 2020 – Caulfield – Caulfield Cup Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 1 Caulfield Cup $5,000,000 2400m
Group 2 Caulfield Sprint $300,000 1000m
Group 2 Tristarc Stakes $300,000 1400m
Group 3 Caulfield Classic $250,000 2000m
Group 3 David Jones Cup $250,000 2000m
Group 3 Moonga Stakes $200,000 1400m
Group 3 Ethereal Stakes $200,000 2000m
Sunday 18th October 2020 – Seymour Cup Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
LR Seymour Cup $200,000 1600m
Wednesday 21st October 2020 – Geelong Cup Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 3 Geelong Cup $400,000 2400m
Friday 23rd October 2020 – Manikato Stakes Night
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 1 Manikato Stakes $1,000,000 1200m
Saturday 24th October 2020 – Moonee Valley – WS Cox Plate Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 1 WS Cox Plate $5,000,000 2040m
Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup $500,000 2500m
Group 2 Crystal Mile $300,000 1600m
Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase $300,000 2040m
Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic $300,000 1600m
Group 3 Tesio Stakes $200,000 1600m
Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes $200,000 1200m
Wednesday 28th October 2020 – Bendigo Cup Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 3 Bendigo Cup $400,000 2400m
Saturday 31st October 2020 – Flemington – Victoria Derby Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby $2,000,000 2500m
Group 1 Cantala Stakes $1,500,000 1600m
Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes $1,500,000 1200m
Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes $1.000,000 1600m
Group 2 Wakeful Stakes $300,000 2000m
Group 2 Linlithgow Stakes $300,000 1200m
Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes $250,000 1600m
Group 3 The Lexus Hotham Stakes $200,000 2500m
Group 3 Begonia Belle Stakes $200,000 1100m
Tuesday 3rd November 2020 – Flemington – Melbourne Cup Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 1 Melbourne Cup $7,750,000 3200m
Group 3 Maybe Mahal Stakes $200,000 1400m
Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate $200,000 1000m
Thursday 5th November 2020 – Flemington – VRC Oaks Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 1 VRC Oaks $1,000,000 2500m
Group 3 Ottawa Stakes $200,000 1000m
Group 3 Red Roses Stakes $200,000 1100m
Saturday 7th November 2020 – Flemington – Mackinnon Stakes Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes $2,000,000 2000m
Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic $1,500,000 1200m
Group 2 Matriarch Stakes $300,000 2000m
Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes $200,000 2600m
Saturday 14th November 2020 – Sandown – Zipping Classic Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
Group 2 Zipping Classic $250,000 2400m
Group 2 Sandown Guineas $250,000 1600m
Group 3 Sandown Stakes $160,000 1500m
Group 3 Eclipse Stakes $160,000 1800m
Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes $160,000 1300m
Group 3 Summoned Stakes $160,000 1500m
Saturday 21st November 2017 – Ballarat Cup Day
Race Name Prizemoney Distance
LR Ballarat Cup $500,000 2200m

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