Quick guide to Australian Horseracing.
Horseracing is a 7 day a week sport in Australia.
Saturday is the main raceday every week. This is the day the best horses compete at the Capital City tracks. Sydney & Melbourne generally have the higher standard of horses(bigger prizemoney) followed by Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth.
Each state has a certain time of year when their major races are held & these are called their Carnivals.
April-May(Autumn) is Sydney Racing Carnival.
June-July(Winter) is Brisbane Racing Carnival.
Sept-Nov(Spring) is Melbourne Racing Carnival.


The Melbourne Cup (3200m) held at Flemington racecourse is the race best known around the world. It is a 'handicap' race that is open to horses of all ages. International interest has grown in 'the CUP' during the last couple decades.
Horses from Ireland,Japan & France have successfully made the trek to Australia & won the CUP worth approx $4 million dollars to the winner.
The Caulfield Cup (2400m) held at Caulfield racecourse is the traditional lead-up for horses aiming for the Melbourne Cup. Victory in both these races is known as winning the 'Cups Double'.
The Cox Plate (2040m) held at Moonee Valley racecourse is the most prestigous race to win by racing enthusiasts. It is a 'WFA' (weight for age) race where horses are nominated & approx the best dozen horses selected to compete.

The Golden Slipper (1200m) held at Rosehill racecourse is the biggest 2yo race held in the Country.
The Doncaster (1600m) held at Randwick racecourse is open to all ages & is regarded as the best mile race held in Australia.

The Stradbroke (1400m) held at Eagle Farm racecourse is a 'handicap' open to all ages.

The Doomben 10,000 (1350m) held at Doomben racecourse is also another major race in Queensland.

The Goodwood Handicap (1200m) is South Australia's main Sprint race open to horses of all ages.