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NSW dominates Queensland winter carnival
Mark Oberhardt 1 hour agoNSW trainers have again dominated the Queensland winter carnival winning 60 per cent of the stakes races on offer.
Queensland trainer outed on cobalt charge
Mark Oberhardt 3 hours agoRockhampton trainer John Pointon has been suspended for six months after one of his horses returned a positive to cobalt after a barrier trial.
Merchant Navy wins Diamond Jubilee
PAA 7 hours agoAustralian Group One winner Merchant Navy has prevailed in a tight finish to the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, the feature race on the final day of Royal Ascot.
Parnhams combine for Flemington success
Mathew Toogood 21 hours agoChris Parnham has guided Perth sprinter Malibu Style, who is trained by his father Neville Parnham, to victory at Flemington.
Spright storms to victory in G3 Healy Stks
Stephen Rodgers 22 hours agoSpright has ended her winter carnival campaign with a flourish, producing a barnstorming finish to win the Group Three Healy Stakes at Doomben.
Sam Weatherley off the mark in Australia
Caryl Williamson 22 hours agoNew Zealand apprentice Sam Weatherley has begun his Australian stint in style with a win at Randwick.
I Thought So ends run of outs at Randwick
Caryl Williamson 22 hours agoI Thought So has claimed an overdue win, beating Jungle Edge in the open sprint at Randwick.
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Known as the richest two-mile thoroughbred handicap in the world, the famous, almost legendary, Melbourne Cup is competed for over 3200 metres at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November. With more than $6m available in prize money, it’s unsurprising that it draws interest, and entries, from far beyond Australia’s shores.
The Golden Slipper field is comprised of 16 two-year-olds, and the race takes place at Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens course. Recognised worldwide as the richest age group race, it’s a genuine sprint over 1200 metres, and for prize money of around $3.5 million.
William Samuel Cox is the man to thank for this great annual event on the Australian racing calendar. Not only was he responsible for their being a Moonee Valley racetrack, but the event, first run 95 years ago, was named in his honour. The Cox Plate field is comprised of 14 horses, three years or older, plus four emergencies. Held on a Saturday in late October, it is a Group 1 Thoroughbred event, raced over 2040m, and offering over $3 million in prize money. It’s known by many punters and insiders as the Weight For Age Championship of Australia and is also a very popular destination for the best of New Zealand’s horses.
Offering more than a whopping $3m in prize money, the Caulfield Cup field is gathered to contest what is accepted as one of the richest handicap races anywhere in the racing world. Contested over 2400 metres each October, it features horses who are aged three years and more. It’s held at Caulfield Racecourse and serves as a wonderful centrepiece for the final day of their terrific Caulfield Cup Carnival event.