Autumn Racing Carnival Melbourne 2017
Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival 2017 – 11 February – 24 March
The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is undoubtedly the highlight of the Racing season in Melbourne, Australasia and arguably the racing world. So the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival is the poor relation? Well not entirely.
The Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival is concentrated into a six week Carnival kicking off 11 February with the CF Orr Stakes at Moonee Valley racecourse and ending on 24 March with the William Reid Stakes, also at Moonee Valley.
In between these dates there is some brilliant Racing held also at Flemington and Caulfield racecourses. On 25 March two year old race the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes is held at Caulfield along with the Oakleigh Plate and the Futurity Stakes.
Then on March 11 we have a Super Saturday of Racing at Flemington including Group 1 races the WFA staying race the Australian Cup and the sprint race down the “straight six” of Flemington racecourse.
In between these dates we have a super meeting at Flemington for three year old classic the Australian Guineas over 1600m and then later in March Friday night meetings at Moonee Valley for the Alister Clark Stakes and the William Reid Stakes to wrap up the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
From here, a number of the better performing horses will head up north to Sydney for the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.