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Seaway for Sunshine Coast Guineas
Mark Oberhardt 4 hours agoQueensland Guineas runner-up Seaway is likely to be trainer Chris Waller's only runner in the Sunshine Coast Guineas.
Widgee Turf could earn shot at G2 WFA race
Mathew Toogood 5 hours agoWidgee Turf's next start will determine whether he is given the chance in the Group Two weight-for-age P B Lawrence Stakes early next season.
Vega Magic building towards spring targets
Mathew Toogood 6 hours agoThe Bletchingly Stakes is pencilled in for dual Group One winner Vega Magic's next start as a stepping stone to some bigger spring targets.
Red Verdon Australia bound after Ascot 2nd
PAA 7 hours agoMelbourne Cup hopeful Red Verdon has run second in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer Ed Dunlop and owner Ronald Arculli.
NSW dominates Queensland winter carnival
Mark Oberhardt 7 hours agoNSW trainers have again dominated the Queensland winter carnival winning 60 per cent of the stakes races on offer.
Queensland trainer outed on cobalt charge
Mark Oberhardt 9 hours agoRockhampton trainer John Pointon has been suspended for six months after one of his horses returned a positive to cobalt after a barrier trial.
Merchant Navy wins Diamond Jubilee
PAA 13 hours agoAustralian Group One winner Merchant Navy has prevailed in a tight finish to the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, the feature race on the final day of Royal Ascot.
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There’s a special change that comes over Australia on the first Tuesday of every November when all eyes in the nation turn towards Flemington Racecourse for the running of the Melbourne Cup. Nothing else compares with it. Huge swathes of people who never watch a horse run, let alone consider betting on it, gather in groups around television sets to see if the Melbourne Cup tip they accepted will turn out to be the right one.
The Golden Slipper is by far the greatest event on Sydney’s horse racing calendar. The 1,200-metre sprint takes place at the picturesque Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and is the world’s richest race for two-year-olds. The $3.5 million prize purse makes it one of the most eagerly sought titles in Australian racing.
The Cox Plate does not gain the same media attention in Australia as other great races such as the Melbourne Cup, which is a shame. The rest of the world certainly recognises its significance. It is the only race in the Southern Hemisphere that’s been given the honour of joining the prestigious World Series, while this year the Longines World’s Best Horse Race Awards in London named the Cox Plate the best turf horse race in the world (a title it shares with the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes).
In terms of prominence, the Caulfield Cup comes in just behind the Melbourne Cup, taking the title as Australia’s second-most prestigious horse race. It’s something of a curtain-raiser for the Spring Racing Carnival, occurring in October as a signal for everybody with a passion for horse racing to shift their focus to Melbourne and not look away again until the winners of both cups have been decided. Eleven champion horses have managed to take home the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup in the same year.