Vega Magic ridden by Craig Williams wins the New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse on September 02, 2017 in Caulfield, Australia. (Mike Keating/Racing Photos)
Spanning 12 weeks, featuring 132 race meetings and offering more than $84 million in prizemoney, the 2018 edition will cement the Spring Racing Carnival’s reputation as Australian racing’s biggest and best event.
Last year, more than 686,000 racegoers attended Spring Racing Carnival meetings, which stretched from Flemington to Manangatang and covered most places in between. That helped inject more than $762 million into the Victorian economy, with $52.9 million spent on fashion items alone.
If the competition to get on the guest list for Flemington’s Birdcage marquee is fierce enough, on the track the intensity is taken up a notch or two as the world’s finest horses and their fearless jockeys battle for glory in the carnival’s 21 Group 1 races.
The first feature race of the carnival is today’s New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes at Caulfield, as some of the fastest horses in the land compete for the $1 million prize purse.
With free admission for AFL and AFL Club members, today’s meeting provides the perfect destination for those hungry for elite sporting action on the AFL bye weekend.
There is no need to wait until October to get your racing or entertainment fix, as this month Caulfield, The Valley and Flemington will all host feature meetings serving up first-class food, fabulous fashion and fast horses.
Flemington is the place to be on Saturday, 15 September, when Sofitel Girls’ Day Out offers live music and entertainment, with free-flowing bubbles, gourmet food options and the best in spring racewear complimenting the Group 1 action on the track.
Featuring a total of 29 Group or Listed races, including five at racing’s highest level, September will showcase some of the best horses from both home and abroad and is much more than merely an entrée to the main events in October and November.
While the Stella Artois Caulfield Cup, Ladbrokes Cox Plate and Lexus Melbourne Cup – all of which boast record prizemoney this year – are again Melbourne’s not-to-be-missed sporting events this spring, there will be plenty of action right across Victoria.
No less than 27 communities will celebrate the running of their local cup from major regional centres in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong to iconic destinations like Dunkeld, Manangatang and Wycheproof.
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