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UPCOMING GROUP 1 RACES IN AUSTRALIA

DateRaceDistanceTrack
September 21, 2019Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes1400mCaulfieldTIPS & GUIDE
September 21, 2019George Main Stakes1600mRandwickTIPS & GUIDE
September 27, 2019Moir Stakes1000mMoonee ValleyTIPS & GUIDE
September 28, 2019Golden Rose1400mRosehillTIPS & GUIDE
September 29, 2019Underwood Stakes1800mCaulfieldTIPS & GUIDE
October 5, 2019Turnbull Stakes2000mFlemingtonTIPS & GUIDE
October 5, 2019Epsom Handicap1600mRandwickTIPS & GUIDE
October 5, 2019The Metropolitan2400mRandwickTIPS & GUIDE
October 5, 2019Flight Stakes1600mRandwickTIPS & GUIDE
October 12, 2019Caulfield Guineas1600mCaulfieldTIPS & GUIDE
October 12, 2019Thousand Guineas1600mCaulfieldTIPS & GUIDE
October 12, 2019Toorak Handicap1600mCaulfieldTIPS & GUIDE
October 12, 2019Caulfield Stakes2000mCaulfieldTIPS & GUIDE
October 12, 2019Spring Champion Stakes2000mRandwickTIPS & GUIDE
October 19, 2019Caulfield Cup2400mCaulfieldTIPS & GUIDE
October 19, 2019The Everest1200mRandwickTIPS & GUIDE
October 25, 2019Manikato Stakes1200mMoonee ValleyTIPS & GUIDE
October 26, 2019Cox Plate2040mMoonee ValleyTIPS & GUIDE
November 2, 2019Coolmore Stud Stakes1200mFlemingtonTIPS & GUIDE
November 2, 2019Victoria Derby2500mFlemingtonTIPS & GUIDE
November 2, 2019Kennedy Mile1600mFlemingtonTIPS & GUIDE
November 2, 2019Empire Rose Stakes1600mFlemingtonTIPS & GUIDE
November 5, 2019Melbourne Cup3200mFlemingtonTIPS & GUIDE
November 7, 2019Kennedy Oaks2500mFlemingtonTIPS & GUIDE
November 9, 2019VRC Sprint Classic1200mFlemingtonTIPS & GUIDE
November 9, 2019Mackinnon Stakes2000mFlemingtonTIPS & GUIDE
November 23, 2019Railway Stakes1600mAscotTIPS & GUIDE
November 30, 2019Winterbottom Stakes1200mAscotTIPS & GUIDE
December 7, 2019Kingston Town Classic1800mAscotTIPS & GUIDE

AUSTRALIAN GROUP 1 RACING

A total of 74 Group 1 races will be held throughout Australia in the 2018-19 thoroughbred racing season.  

The new season kicks off on August 1 each year, and while the Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield has traditionally been the first Group 1 of the season, the elevation of the Winx (formerly Warwick) Stakes (1400m) at Randwick to Group 1 level sees it become the Group 1 opener.

Sydney and Melbourne racing takes centre stage at the beginning of the season with the spring carnivals attracting the best horses in the land as well as many internationals looking to cash in on the rich prizemoney on offer.

The Sydney Spring Carnival runs from August to December with seven Group 1 races taking place at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens which includes two $1 million events with the Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) and Epsom Handicap (1600m) being the main attractions.

Likewise, the Melbourne Spring Carnival runs from August through to December, but with Sydney’s final Group 1 event being held in early October, Melbourne racing goes up another gear with the Caulfield Cup (2400m), Cox Plate (2040m) and Melbourne Cup (3200m) featuring in October and November.

In all, there are 21 Group 1 races held throughout the Melbourne Spring Carnival with more than $34 million in prizemoney up for grabs.  

Melbourne Spring Carnival Group 1 racing finishes up in the second week of November, and from there, feature racing heads to Western Australia where the Railway Stakes (1600m), Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) and Kingston Town Classic (1800m) are run at Ascot Racecourse from November to December during the Perth Racing Carnival.

Again, Melbourne and Sydney racing becomes the focus with their autumn carnivals taking place from February to April.

The Melbourne Autumn Carnival builds first with nine Group 1 events being run from February to late March, while the Sydney Autumn Carnival goes into overdrive with 22 Group 1 races showcasing the best of Australian racing.

The Sydney Autumn Carnival includes the world’s richest two-year-old race, the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m), as well as The Championships which sees eight Group 1s held across two consecutive Saturdays.

In early May, feature racing heads to South Australia for the Adelaide Racing Carnival which features four Group 1 events including the Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) and Goodwood (1200m) which both offer $1 million in prizemoney.

Coinciding with the Adelaide Racing Carnival and extending through to late June is the Brisbane Winter Carnival which sees a total of eight Group 1 events run and won.

The $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) is the jewel of the carnival, while the Tattersall’s Tiara (1350m) holds place as the final Australian Group 1 race for the season.

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