During the Spring Racing Carnival we will get to witness some of the finest horses, as well as our highly talented jockeys and trainers at metropolitan and country tracks around Victoria. We've complied a list of established stars on and off the track for you to keep an eye out for this Spring Racing Carnival.
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Humidor ran Winx mightily close in last year’s Ladbrokes Cox Plate, and will be aiming to go one better in the 2018 renewal of Australasia’s weight-for-age championship.
Kings Will Dream looks to be one of the most upwardly mobile horses in Darren Weir’s stable, which is saying something.
Trainer Mick Price has very high hopes for this Kiwi import, who races in the colours of Rupert Legh.
The darling of Australian racing is bidding to achieve what no other horse has managed in the history of the W.S. Cox Plate – to win Australasia’s weight-for-age championship 4 times.
The son of Lonhro made an impressive reappearance in the Group 2 Missile Stakes, hitting the line hard to finish a head behind Pierata, having been held up in the run-in.
The precocious colt delivered a first Group 1 success for his regular partner Jordan Childs, son of legendary jockey Greg, when running away with this year’s Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes.
The man affectionately known as ‘Willo’ secured his sixth Victorian metro jockeys’ championship with a trademark late season surge.
With some headline rides for both the Darren Weir & Godolphin stables over the carnival, it would surprise nobody if this young star of the jockey ranks were to add to his tally of 11 G1s.
Mark's calm and considered riding style has earned him the respect of several leading trainers, most notably Darren Weir, who will entrust him with many of his stable stars this spring.
One of the hardest-working jockeys in the weighing room, Linda Meech traversed the length and breadth of the state to rack up 124 wins last season.
Hugh Bowman was officially crowned the ‘Longines World’s Best Jockey’ in 2017, beating his peers around the world with 142 points, 18 ahead of England’s Ryan Moore in second place.
He seems to get better with age, consistently producing a series of masterful rides to remind the world of his talents two decades after he first joined the competitive jockey ranks.
The Godolphin stable has hit a rich vein of form in the build-up to the Spring Racing Carnival, and head trainer James Cummings will be very keen to maintain that momentum over the next 3 months.
Chris Waller again topped the list of Group 1-winning trainers last season, thanks in no small part to his stable star Winx.
Mick Price enjoyed one of the most successful seasons of his career in 2017/18, and the trainer looks well placed to continue that run with a strong team of emerging stars in his Caulfield stable.
Another record-breaking season saw Berriwillock’s most famous son retain the title of Victoria’s leading trainer.
The first lady of Australian racing and her co-trainer Adrian Bott were the dominant force during last year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival, taking out 4 races including the Group 1 VRC Oaks with filly Pinot.
Godolphin UK trainer Charlie Appleby will be aiming to enhance his highly impressive record on Victorian soil, having enjoyed enormous success during the Spring Racing Carnival over the past two years
It was another hugely successful season for the powerful Lindsay Park stable in 2017/18, highlighted by victory for Boom Time in the Caulfield Cup.