GROUP 1 HORSE RACES IN AUSTRALIA

Click the links below to see our ‘Ultimate Guide’ for each futures race.

August 2022

Saturday 20th Winx Stakes 1400m Royal Randwick
Saturday 27th Memsie Stakes 1400m Caulfield

September 2022

Saturday 11th Makybe Diva Stakes 1600m Flemington
Saturday 18th Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 1400m Caulfield
Saturday 18th George Main Stakes 1600m Royal Randwick
Friday 23th Moir Stakes 1000m The Valley
Saturday 24th Golden Rose Stakes 1400m Rosehill Gardens
Saturday 24th Underwood Stakes 1800m Caulfield

October 2022

Saturday 1st Epsom Handicap 1600m Royal Randwick
Saturday 1st The Metropolitan 2400m Royal Randwick
Saturday 1st Flight Stakes 1600m Royal Randwick
Saturday 1st Turnbull Stakes 2000m Flemington
Saturday 8th Spring Champion Stakes 2000m Royal Randwick
Saturday 8th Toorak Handicap 1600m Caulfield
Saturday 8th Caulfield Guineas 1600m Caulfield
Saturday 8th Caulfield Stakes 2000m Caulfield
Wednesday 12th Thousand Guineas 1600m Caulfield
Saturday 15th Caulfield Cup 2400m Caulfield
Saturday 15th The Everest 1200m Royal Randwick
Friday 21st Manikato Stakes 1200m The Valley
Saturday 22nd Cox Plate 2040m The Valley
Saturday 29th Victoria Derby 2500m Flemington
Saturday 29th Kennedy Cantala 1600m Flemington
Saturday 29th Empire Rose Stakes 1600m Flemington
Saturday 29th Coolmore Stud Stakes 1200m Flemington
Saturday 29th The Golden Eagle 1500m  Rosehill Gardens

November 2022

Tuesday 1st Melbourne Cup 3200m Flemington
Thursday 3rd VRC Kennedy Oaks 2500m Flemington
Saturday 5th Darley Sprint Classic 1200m Flemington
Saturday 5th Mackinnon Stakes 2000m Flemington
Saturday 19th Railway Stakes 1600m Ascot
Saturday 26th Winterbottom Stakes 1200m Ascot

December 2022

Saturday 3rd Kingston Town Classic 1800m  Ascot

January 2023

Saturday 14th Magic Millions 3YO Guineas 1400m Gold Coast
Saturday 14th Magic Millions 2YO Classic 1200m Gold Coast

February 2023

Saturday 11th CF Orr Stakes 1400m Caulfield
Saturday 18th Black Caviar Lightning 1000m Flemington
Saturday 25th Blue Diamond Stakes 1200m Caulfield
Saturday 25th Oakleigh Plate 1100m Caulfield
Saturday 25th Futurity Stakes 1400m Caulfield
Saturday 25th Chipping Norton Stakes 1600m Royal Randwick
Saturday 25th Surround Stakes 1400m Royal Randwick

March 2023

Saturday 4th Australian Guineas 1600m Flemington
Saturday 4th Canterbury Stakes 1300m Royal Randwick
Saturday 4th Randwick Guineas 1600m Royal Randwick
Saturday 11th Australian Cup 2000m Flemington
Saturday 11th Newmarket Handicap 1200m Flemington
Saturday 11th Coolmore Classic 1500m Rosehill Gardens
Saturday 18th All-Star Mile 1600m Caulfield
Saturday 18th Golden Slipper 1200m Rosehill Gardens
Saturday 18th George Ryder Stakes 1500m Rosehill Gardens
Saturday 18th Ranvet Stakes 2000m Rosehill Gardens
Saturday 18th The Galaxy 1100m Rosehill Gardens
Saturday 18th Rosehill Guineas 1600m Rosehill Gardens
Friday 24th William Reid Stakes 1200m The Valley
Saturday 25th Vinery Stud Stakes 2000m Rosehill Gardens
Saturday 25th Tancred Stakes 2400m Rosehill Gardens

April 2023

Saturday 1st Doncaster Mile 1600m Royal Randwick
Saturday 1st TJ Smith Stakes 1200m Royal Randwick
Saturday 1st Australian Derby 2400m Royal Randwick
Saturday 1st Inglis Sires’ 1400m Royal Randwick
Saturday 8th Sydney Cup  3200m Royal Randwick
Saturday 8th Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2000m Royal Randwick
Saturday 8th Queen of the Turf  1600m Royal Randwick
Saturday 8th Australian Oaks 2400m Royal Randwick
Saturday 15th Champagne Stakes 1600m Royal Randwick
Saturday 15th All Aged Stakes 1400m Royal Randwick
Saturday 29th Australasian Oaks 2000m Morphettville

May 2023

Saturday 6th Robert Sangster Stakes 1200m Morphettville
Saturday 13th South Australian Derby 2500m Morphettville
Saturday 13th Doomben 10,000 1200m Doomben
Saturday 20th Doomben Cup 2000m Doomben
Saturday 20th The Goodwood 1200m Morphettville
Saturday 27th Kingsford Smith Cup 1300m Eagle Farm
Saturday 27th Queensland Derby 2400m Eagle Farm

June 2023

Saturday 3rd Queensland Oaks 2200m Eagle Farm
Saturday 10th JJ Atkins 1600m Eagle Farm
Saturday 10th Stradbroke Handicap 1300m Eagle Farm
Saturday 24th Tattersall’s Tiara 1400m Eagle Farm

AUSTRALIAN GROUP 1 RACING

A total of 74 Group 1 races will be held throughout Australia each 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.