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 Black Caviar Lightning is a Group 1 sprint race held over 1000m at Flemington Racecourse during the Melbourne Autumn Racing 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.
The Newmarket Handicap is a Victoria Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred open handicap horse race over a distance of 1200 metres, at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia in March during the VRC Autumn Racing Carnival.
The Kennedy Oaks, registered as the VRC Oaks, is a race for three-year-old fillies over the staying trip of 2500m at Flemington Racecourse during November. The race headlines day three (Oaks Day) of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, which is staged on the Thursday, two days after the Melbourne Cup.
The Australian Guineas is a Group 1 feature for three-year-olds that is run over 1600m at Flemington Racecourse during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
The Stradbroke Handicap is the biggest race held in Queensland each year as part of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
The Doomben 10,000 is a Group 1 sprint run over 1200m at Doomben Racecourse during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
The Kingsford-Smith Cup is a Group 1 weight-for-age race run over 1300m at Eagle Farm during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
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