Feature Races in Australia

A summary of the feature horse racing events in Australia

11 September 2016

Coolmore Stud Stakes

The Coolmore Stud Stakes, registered as the Ascot Vale Stakes is a Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds, at set weights, run over 1200 metres at Flemington Racecourse The...

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11 September 2016

Emirates Stakes

Instituted in 1869 as the Melbourne Stakes, the race name was changed to the Mackinnon stakes in 1936 to honour the former Chairman of the VRC. In 2016 the race...

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5 September 2016

Turnbull Stakes

The Group 1 Turnbull Stakes is over 2000 metres and is run during the Melbourne spring racing carnival at Flemington racecourse The Turnbull Stakes has been a good lead-up race for...

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5 September 2016

Australian Guineas

The Australian Guineas was first run in 1986 (won by True Version) It has been a Group 1 race since 1987. Held on the first day of the two-day VRC...

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5 September 2016

Newmarket Handicap

Run at Flemington racecourse during the VRC Autumn Carnival, The Newmarket Handicap is a Group 1 sprinting race that has seen some of the best sprinters ever in Australia win it....

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4 September 2016

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes

Formerly known simply as the Lightning Stakes, in 2014 the race was re-named in honour of the champion sprinter Black Caviar BLACK CAVIAR (2011-13) brought up a hat-trick of victories...

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4 September 2016

Australian Cup

First run in 1863 (won by Barwon), the Australian Cup horse race has been run over a variety of longer distances. In 1964 it was shortened to 2000m. It is...

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4 September 2016

Victoria Derby

The Victoria Derby is a Group 1 horse race run at Flemington Racecourse over 2500 metres for 3 year olds under Set Weights conditions. Many Derby winners have gone on to...

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29 August 2016

Robert Sangster Stakes

First run in 1983 ( won by Ranee's Palace), Listed 1984-85. Group 3 1986-2003. Group 2 in 2004, then the race became a Group 1 in 2005. Held on the...

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29 August 2016

South Australian Derby

First run in 1860 at the old Thebarton course a number of South Australian Derby winners have gone on to success in the Melbourne Cup, including TIM WHIFFLER (1865), THE...

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