Horse racing is one of Australia's most popular pastimes, and as such, it is home to some of the biggest horse races in the world. The Melbourne Cup, Everest and Cox Plate are just some of the races that attract the best horses from all around the world. Here's a bit more information about the major horse races held in Australia every year.
The annual Melbourne Cup is renowned around Australia as 'the race that stops a nation'. Held on the first Tuesday in November every year, the Cup is the richest "two-mile" handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races.
The W.S. Cox Plate is a Thoroughbred horse race for horses aged three years old and over under Weight for age conditions, over a distance of 2040 metres, held at Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia in late October
The Caulfield Cup is a Melbourne Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race held under handicap conditions for horses aged three years old and older, over a distance of 2400 metres. It is held at Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia in mid October
The All-Star Mile is a new race created by Racing Victoria where horse racing fans can vote for their favourite horses to compete in a $5million race over 1600m at Flemington.
The Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes is arguably the biggest race of the Sydney Autumn Carnival, run over 2000m at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Day 2 of The Championships.
The Group 1 Doncaster Mile is one of the biggest races during the Australian Autumn racing carnival, staged at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships.
The Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes is the world's richest two-year-old race, run over 1200m at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse during the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
The Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes is the premier sprint race held during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, run over 1200m under weight-for-age conditions at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships.
The Australian Cup is a Victoria Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race for horses three years old and older, held under Weight for Age conditions, over a distance of 2000 metres, at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia in March during the VRC Autumn Racing Carnival
The Group 1 Australian Derby, otherwise known as the ATC Derby, is the premier staying event for three-year-old’s during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, run over 2400m at Royal Randwick Racecourse.
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