Horse Racing News Coverage - Australian & NZ Racing News
Doomben decision on Saturday morning
Mark Oberhardt 7 hours agoTwo horses will be put over the Doomben course proper on race morning before a decision is made on the fate of the meeting.
McEvoy team on target for Blue Diamond
Craig Brennan 7 hours agoTrainer Tony McEvoy has three strong chances to claim a second feature two-year-old race for the year, the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.
Get On The Grange stays the distance
Chris Barclay 8 hours agoDurable gelding Get On The Grange is after his first win of a consistent preparation in the Parramatta Cup at Rosehill.
Trapeze Artist ready to take on Kementari
Caryl Williamson 8 hours agoGolden Rose winner Trapeze Artist is ready to take on a crack field of three-year-olds in the Group Two Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill.
Catchy pick of Oakleigh Plate trio: Hayes
Craig Brennan 8 hours agoLindsay Park has three highly talented female sprinters in Sheidel, Fuhryk and Catchy contesting the Group One Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield.
Gongs tasked to sound Slipper warning
Chris Barclay 8 hours agoGongs can to stake her Golden Slipper claims when she races against leading contenders for the world's richest two-year-old race at Rosehill.
Distance rise expected to suit Rellson
Mathew Toogood 10 hours agoTrainer Aaron Purcell believes Rellson will appreciate a step up in distance in the Autumn Classic as he continues on a path towards the Australian Derby.
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If the whole country seems to be coming to a halt, if it’s the first Tuesday in the month of November, then it all makes sense. It’s Melbourne Cup day! This amazing race, run over 3200m, is undoubtedly one of our country’s major thoroughbred races. Indeed, it has also frequently been described as ‘the world’s richest two-mile handicap’. It draws interest, and entries, from Europe and beyond – although horses from there who don’t take advantage of any of the races leading up to the event don’t tend to perform in a stellar way during the Cup itself. That’s a shame for them, with more than six million dollars up for grabs!
The Golden Slipper field is gathered together to contest the richest race for the 2-year-old age group anywhere. This iconic Australian event has its home in the west of Sydney at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. Raced, very quickly, over 1200m, it has a prize pot of around $3.5m. Todman was the first winner in 1957; sixty years later it was the turn of She Will Reign.
One of our country’s finest horse races, the Cox Plate is approaching its century. Further back than that, W S Cox created Moonee Valley Racecourse, where this race takes place, and the event was named in his honour. The Cox Plate field contests what is a Group 1 2040m Thoroughbred race, and it is held on a late October Saturday. The pot is over $3 million, which earns it a place at number four in all our race prize funds. It’s generally accepted to be Australia’s Weight For Age Championship, and as you hear the thunder of hooves crossing the Tasman, you’ll know it’s a race of choice for many from New Zealand. In the early 1950s, Rising Fast won it three times, and also the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in one unforgettable season.
If you were looking to attend Australia’s top racing occasions, then the Caulfield Cup would be really high on your list. It features a class field for every running, which isn’t surprising considering that it has its place as one of the world’s richest handicaps. $3m in prize money will get the attention of owners everywhere. The Caulfield Cup field assembles every October to contest 2400 metres, and each participating horse will be three years old or more. The venue is the course of the same name, although many locals refer to it affectionately as ‘The Heath’. This race is the centrepiece of the final day of the terrifically popular Caulfield Cup Carnival.