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Spring Racing Carnival


There is no denying the popularity of the sport of horse racing in Australia, but there is a time of year when the interest in all things thoroughbred takes a huge spike. That would be the spring racing carnivals that take place in Sydney and Melbourne, with both events causing people that usually don’t care about horse racing to start dropping some bets. This is basically the Australian equivalent of the Triple Crown of horse racing in the US, although there are more big races than just the three that make up that trifecta.

Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival has almost become the centerpiece of the spring celebrations that take place in the city during that time of year. The 50 days of racing for 2013 started in late July this year, but as the days tick off the calendar, the purses begin to rise until the point in October and November where millions of dollars are at stake in the big races. The Underwood Stakes at Caulfield signals the start of Grade 1 racing for the spring carnival, but the big betting usually begins with the running of the Caulfield Cup. A lot of the betting money goes on the spring double, which begins with the Caulfield Cup and ends with the WS Cox Plate.

The highlight of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is the $6 million plus Melbourne Cup. The 2013 running of the race will take place at Flemington on November 5th, with the betting expected to be as brisk as usual with the usual ladies fashion and fantastic hats on show. It is a great day of entertainment with a great race to make it special.

Sydney Spring Racing Carnival

If that’s not enough action for the average Aussie horse racing gambler then there is always the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival to bet on as well. There may not be as much purse money on show at the Sydney Spring Carnival, but there is still a ton of great Grade 1 racing action on offer.

There are 4 big races that are the highlight of the spring racing in Sydney, with the million dollar Golden Rose at Rosehill being the one to get the big money races started. The action switches to Randwick the following weekend, with 6 major races on the card, highlighted by the George Main Stakes. The big racing day on the Sydney calendar this year falls on October 6th with Epsom Handicap Day at Randwick. There are 7 big, big races on the card that day, including the Epsom Handicap and The Metropolitan, as well as a couple of other Grade 1 races.


Not Usual for You to Have a Bet?

Horse racing fans love nothing more than those big race days and the Australian Spring Horse Racing Carnival offers plenty of that type of action. Perhaps more important to the sport itself is the number of people that watch the races who don’t normally express an interest in racing. It represents a great opportunity to introduce a new group of followers to the sport, especially once they get a little taste of the excitement that comes with being a fan.