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The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is Australia’s largest Racing Carnival extending from late August until the middle of November. Our Expert Melbourne Racing Tips for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival come from our resident Melbourne Racing Tips analyst Pete Brinky. Pete will be providing a full form sheet for all major meetings for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival Tips.
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Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival 2019

The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival 2019 really kicks into action on the first weekend of October at Flemington racecourse, just after the AFL Grand Final and officially ends at Sandown in the middle of November. In between this there are meetings at Caulfield including the Group 1 Caulfield Cup and Moonee Valley with the richest WFA weight for age race in the world the Group 1 WS Cox Plate and of course the world famous 3200m Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Racing Carnival versus Sydney Racing Carnival

The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival has been under siege in recent times as the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival launched an all out assault. In what has been a “financial arms race” as the two leviathans of racing wage a turf war for the spotlight and the best talent around the country.

Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival – $100 million in prize money

This has led to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnivaloffering prizemoney and bonuses over $100 million dollars for the first time in history. Along with significant stake money increases the VRC have also implemented a “Star Of The Saddle” bonus that would see a jockey pocket an extra $50-$100,000 if they are the leading rider on a feature race day. It’s an intelligent ploy as in truth. Jockeys are the “marketable rock stars” of the racing game and punters tend to let their money flow where the best jockeys are riding. The 2019 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is going to be like none we have ever.

Melbourne Cup Racing Week – Flemington racecourse

Flemington racecourse is the home of Melbourne Racing and as such features the majority of the key races during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.  The G1 Makybe Diva Stakes gets us started on Melbourne Racing Tips Spring action on Saturday 14 September. The G1 Turnball Stakes in early October kicks up a pace, then its straight to Melbourne Cup Racing Carnival week with:

Derby Day on Saturday November 2nd 
Melbourne Cup Day Tuesday 5th November

Oaks Day on Thursday 7th November
Stakes Day on  9th November

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Caulfield Cup – and Caulfield racecourse

Caulfield racecoursehosts some great Racing over the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. This is started in mid-late September with the Naturalism Stakes on Saturday 21st September. It then hosts the G1 Underwood Stakes and the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes on Saturday 29th September. We then return to Caulfield racecourse on Saturday 12th October for the big 3 year old races:

Group 1 Caulfield Guineas for the Colts 
Group 1 Thousand Guineas for the fillies
Group 1 Caulfield Stakes
Group 1 Toorak Handicap.

Group 1 2400m Caulfield Cup is on Saturday 19 October

Moonee Valley racecourse and the Cox Plate – 2400m Weight for Age classic

Moonee Valley racecourse hosts the weight for age classic, the $5 million G1 WS Cox Plate held on Saturday 26th October over the 2040m. This is a week after the Caulfield Cup and 10 days prior the Melbourne Cup. The WS Cox Plate is judged by many racing purists to be the most genuine classic of the Australian racing calendar given its weight for age status and smaller field. This is compared to the Cups races and brings together the best weight for age horses from around the country and overseas.  There are also Friday night meetings over the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival at “The Valley” including:

Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes on Friday night 28th September
preceding the AFL Grand Final 
Group 1 Manikato Stakes on Friday 25th October
night prior Cox Plate.
Group 1 $5 million WS Cox Plate Saturday 26th October over the 2040m

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Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival – Sandown racecourse

The last official meeting of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnivalis at Sandown Racecourseand for Sandown Classic Dayto be held on Saturday 16th November. Many trainers who have been able to enjoy success over the other meetings over the Carnival or who’s horses have pulled up fresh choose to run them at Sandown. It includes a number of Group 2 races including:
G2 Sandown Classic over 2400m
Group 2 Sandown Guineas
Group 2 Sandown Stakes

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Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival – the Provincial meetings

There is also a number of provincial race meetings that hold their Cups days during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and trainers often use these meetings as lead up races or as a means to get qualification into the Melbourne Cup. Of these meetings, the Geelong Cup on Wednesday 23rd October raced over 2400m is the most sought after race.

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