UK Trainer Charlie Appleby after winning the G3 Lexus Stakes at Flemington

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International connections eyeing off the Spring Racing Carnival will have the chance to share in over $70 million worth of prizemoney this year when Australia’s most sought-after racing spectacle kicks off in September.

International raiders have had great success at our Carnival with more than $33 million in prizemoney leaving our shores since 2010 bound for the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Ireland, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The first of the eligible races for overseas visitors will held on Saturday, 14 October at Caulfield Racecourse with multiple Group 1 races on offer including the $1 million G1 Weight-For-Age (WFA) Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes over 2000m/10 furlongs.

The focus then turns to the time-honoured G1 BMW Caulfield Cup a mile-and-a-half (2400 metre) handicap worth $3.15 million. There are 18 races worldwide which provide the winner with Guaranteed Entry into the Caulfield Cup.

Coupled with the International Travel Allowance of $100,000* to connections of any international Caulfield Cup competitor, it is an enticing opportunity for internationals to contest the world's richest 2400m handicap.

The carnival then moves to The Valley (Moonee Valley Racecourse) for the two-day Ladbrokes Cox Plate Carnival highlighted by Australasia's WFA Championship, the Ladbrokes Cox Plate. Run over a mile and a quarter (2040m) and worth $3.05 million it was recently recognised as the world’s equal-highest rated race on turf at the 2016 Longines World's Best Horse Race Awards.

Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) issue select invitations to some of the world's best WFA horses to compete in the Cox Plate with all costs covered for horses and connections. Any other international horse that competes in the Cox Plate is eligible for a minimum prize payment of $50,000.

Sprinters also get a chance to shine at The Valley in the G1 $1 million Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes over 1200m (6 furlongs). The sprint race is run under lights on Day 1 of the Ladbrokes Cox Plate Carnival, and is one of the short-course highlights of the two-day Carnival.

Attention then turns to the home of Victorian racing, Flemington, for four days of high-class racing over the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup is the highlight event as some of the world's best stayers compete each year over the two mile (3200m) course.

Flemington also hosts the $2 million G1 Mackinnon Stakes, a popular WFA mile-and-a- quarter (2000m) race on the final day of the week, giving the best WFA horses their third chance at this distance over the Carnival. The final day at Flemington also hosts a leg of the Global Sprint Challenge™ - the $1 million Darley Classic sprint which is often used as a spring board for horses heading on to Hong Kong or other legs of the Challenge. Travel incentives are offered to connections of horses that travel here and compete in the Darley Classic providing an alluring opportunity to race a horse at one of the world’s most famous racecourses.

Aside from the pinnacle events, the Carnival incorporates a range of high-quality feature Group 2, Group 3 and Listed races for all types of horses. Whether you have a sprinter, miler, weight-for-age or staying type, Melbourne has a race for them all, with significant prizemoney on offer.

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