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The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is undoubtably the highlight of the racing year in Australia and it brings together the very best of Australian and International thoroughbreds for 50 days of world-class horse racing action. The whole event has a carnival like atmosphere which brings the city of Melbourne to life during spring carnival time.

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The major racing carnival during the spring is the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival held at Flemington in early November, home to Melbourne Cup Day, while the three-day Caulfield Cup carnival held at Caulfield in October is also an exciting affair for horse racing fans.

Other feature race days during spring include WS Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley in late October, and Sandown Classic day at Sandown in November, one week after the Flemington carnival ends on Emirates Stakes day.

Group racing kicks off in early August with the Aurie's Star Handicap is the first group race of the new season, while the first Group One race takes place in late August with the running of the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield racecourse. A number of high quality feature races are then held each week before we get to the important Caulfield, Moonee Valley and Flemington racing carnivals in late October and early November.

The Caulfield Cup is the second of the big spring cups and it is a tough Group One handicap event over 2400m that takes place in mid October and forms part of big feature spring cups betting double with the Melbourne Cup.

Moonee Valley racecourse is host to the Group One WS Cox Plate over 2040m in October, one week after the Caulfield Cup, and it's widely recognised as the weight-for-age championship of Australasia.

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The jewel in the crown of the spring racing carnival is Australia's most famous race, the time honoured Melbourne Cup, which is always run on the first Tuesday in November over a distance of 3200m (2 miles) at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne.

2016 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival Guide

Saturday 14th July 2016 - Caulfield - Sir John Monash Stakes Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 3 Sir John Monash Stakes $150,000 1200m   Weight-for-age 
 
Saturday 30th July 2016 - Caulfield - Bletchingly Stakes Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 3 Bletchingly Stakes $150,000 1200m   Weight-for-age 
 
Saturday 6th August 2016 - Flemington - Aurie's Star Handicap Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 3 Aurie's Star Handicap $150,000 1200m   Open Handicap
  
Saturday 13th August 2016 - Caulfield - PB Lawrence Stakes Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 2 PB Lawrence Stakes $200,000 1400m   Weight-for-age 
Gr 3 Quezette Stakes $150,000 1100m 3yoF SW+Pen
Gr 3 Vain Stakes $150,000 1100m 3yo C&G SW+Pen
 
Saturday 27th August 2016 - Caulfield - Memsie Stakes Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 1 Memsie Stakes $400,000 1400m   Weight-for-age 
Gr 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes $150,000 1200m   3yo SW+Pen 
Gr 3 Cockram Stakes $150,000 1200m Mares SW+Pen
Gr 3 The Heath 1100 $150,000 1100m 4yo & Up SW+Pen
 
Saturday 3rd September 2016 - Moonee Valley - Chin Nam Stakes Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes  $250,000 1600m Weight-for-age 
Gr 2 McEwen Stakes $200,000 1000m   Weight-for-age 
Saturday 10th September 2016 - Flemington - Makybe Diva Stakes Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 1 Makybe Diva Stakes $400,000 1600m   Weight-for-age 
Gr 2 Danehill Stakes $200,000 1200m   3yo SW+Pen 
Gr 2 Lets Elope Stakes $200,000 1400m Mares SW+Pen  
Gr 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality $200,000 1200m Quality Hcp
Saturday 17th September 2016 - Caulfield - Naturalism Stakes Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 3 Naturalism Stakes $150,000 2000m Open Hcp
Gr 3 How Now Stakes $150,000 1200m   Mares SW+Pen 
 
Friday 23rd September 2016 - Moonee Valley - Champagne Stakes Night
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 3 Champagne Stakes $150,000 1200m 3yoF SW 
 
Saturday 24th September 2016 - Caulfield - Underwood Stakes Day
Gr 1 Underwood Stakes $400,000 1800m   Weight-for-age 
Gr 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes $400,000 1400m   Open Hcp 
Gr 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude $175,000 1400m   3yoC&G SW+Pen 
Gr 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude $200,000 1400m   3yoF SW+Pen 
 
Friday 30th September 2016 - Moonee Valley - AJ Moir Stakes Night
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 1 AJ Moir Stakes $450,000 1000m   Weight-for-age 
Gr 2 Stutt Stakes $200,000 1600m   3yo Open SW 
Gr 2 WH Stocks Stakes $200,000 1600m 4yo+ Mares WFA
Gr 3 JRA Cup $200,000 2040m Open Hcp
 
Sunday 2nd October 2016 - Flemington - Turnbull Stakes Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 1 Turnbull Stakes $500,000 2000m    4yo&Up SW+Pen 
Gr 2 Edward Manifold Stakes $200,000 1600m    3yoF SW 
Gr 2 Gilgai Stakes $200,000 1200m    3yo&Up SW+Pen 
Gr 2 Blazer Stakes $200,000 1400m    Mares SW+Pen   
Gr 3 The Bart Cummings $300,000 2500m Quality Hcp
 
Saturday 8th October 2016 - Caulfield - Caulfield Guineas Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 1 Caulfield Guineas $1,000,000 1600m   3yo Open SW 
Gr 1 Thousand Guineas $500,000 1600m   3yoF Open SW 
Gr 1 Caulfield Stakes $400,000 2000m   Weight-for-age 
Gr 1 Toorak Handicap $400,000 1600m   Open Hcp 
Gr 2 Herbert Power Stakes $220,000 2400m   Quality Hcp 
Gr 2 Schillaci Stakes $220,000 1100m   Weight-for-age 
Gr 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes $150,000 1200m   3yoF SW+Pen 
Gr 3 Northwood Plume Stakes $150,000 1200m   Mares SW+Pen 
 
Sunday 9th October 2016 - Cranbourne Cup Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
LR Cranbourne Cup   $200,000 2025m   Open Hcp  
 
Wednesday 12th October 2016 - Caulfield - Thousand Guineas Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes $350,000 1200m 3yo SW
Gr 3 Ladies Day Vase $120,000 1600m   Mares SW+Pen 
 
Saturday 15th October 2016 - Caulfield - Caulfield Cup Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 1 Caulfield Cup $3,000,000 2400m   Open Hcp 
Gr 2 Caulfield Sprint $220,000 1100m   Open Hcp 
Gr 2 Tristarc Stakes $220,000 1400m   4yo Mares SW+Pen
Gr 3 Caulfield Classic $500,000 2000m   3yo Open SW
Gr 3 David Jones Cup $150,000 2000m   Open Hcp 
Gr 3 Moonga Stakes $150,000 1400m   4yo&Up SW+Pen 
Gr 3 Ethereal Stakes $150,000 2000m 3yo F SW+Pen
 
Sunday 16th October 2016 - Seymour Cup Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
LR Seymour Cup $150,000 1600m Open Hcp
 
Wednesday 19th October 2016 - Geelong Cup Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 3 Geelong Cup  $300,000 2400m Open Hcp
 
Friday 21st October 2016 - Manikato Stakes Night
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 1 Manikato Stakes $1,000,000 1200m Weight-for-age 
 
Saturday 22nd October 2016 - Moonee Valley - WS Cox Plate Day
Status Race Name Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 1 WS Cox Plate $3,000,000 2040m   Weight-for-age 
Gr 2 Moonee Valley Cup $250,000 2500m   4yo&Up SW+Pen 
Gr 2 Crystal Mile $200,000 1600m   WFA
Gr 2 AAMI Vase $200,000 2040m   3yo SW 
Gr 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic $200,000 1600m 3yo Fillies
Gr 3 Inglis Mile $150,000 1600m 4yo&Up Mares Hcp
Gr 3 Red Anchor Stakes $150,000 1200m 3yo Sw+Pen
 
Wednesday 26th October 2016 - Bendigo Cup Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 3 Bendigo Cup  $300,000 2400m Open Hcp
 
Saturday 29th October 2016 - Flemington - Victoria Derby Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 1 AAMI Victoria Derby $1,500,000 2500m    3yo SW 
Gr 1 Longines Mile $1,000,000 1600m    Quality Hcp
Gr 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes $500,000 1200m    3yo SW 
Gr 1 Myer Classic $500,000 1600m    F&M WFA
Gr 2 Wakeful Stakes $250,000 2000m    3yoF SW+Pen
Gr 2 Salinger Stakes $250,000 1200m    Open Hcp  
Gr 3 Carbine Club Stakes $200,000 1600m    3yo SW+Pen   
Gr 3 The Lexus Stakes $200,000 2500m    Quality Hcp
Gr 3 Begonia Belle Stakes $200,000 1100m   Mares SW+Pen 
 
Tuesday 1st November 2016 - Flemington - Melbourne Cup Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 1 Melbourne Cup $6,175,000 3200m    3yo+ Open Hcp  
Gr 3 Maybe Mahal Stakes $200,000 1400m Mares SW+Pen  
Gr 3 Ottawa Stakes $100,000 1000m 2yoF SW
Thursday 3rd November 2016 - Flemington - Crown Oaks Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 1 Crown Oaks $1,000,000 2500m    3yoF SW   
Gr 3 Chatham Stakes $200,000 1400m    Open Hcp  
Gr 3 Red Roses Stakes $200,000 1100m 3yoF SW+Pen
 
Saturday 5th November 2016 - Flemington - Emirates Stakes Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 1 Emirates Stakes $2,000,000 2000m    Weight-for-age
Gr 1 VRC Sprint Classic $1,000,000 1200m    Weight-for-age
Gr 2 Matriarch Stakes $250,000 2000m    Mares SW+Pen   
Gr 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes $200,000 2600m    Quality Hcp
Gr 3 Maribyrnong Plate $150,000 1000m    2yo SW
 
Saturday 12th November 2016 - Caulfield - Sandown Classic Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
Gr 2 Sandown Classic $350,000 2400m   2yo+ Open WFA 
Gr 2 Sandown Guineas $350,000 1600m   3yo SW 
Gr 3 Sandown Stakes $150,000 1400m   Quality Hcp 
Gr 3 Eclipse Stakes $150,000 1800m Quality Hcp
Gr 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes $135,000 1200m Weight-for-age 
Gr 3 Summoned Stakes $135,000 1600m Mares SW+Pen 
Saturday 19st November 2016 - Ballarat Cup Day
Status Race Name   Prizemoney   Distance   Race Type 
LR Ballarat Cup $200,000 2200m Open Hcp

The 2016 Melbourne Cup carnival attracted 318,854 people in total to Flemington race track as racing fans gathered together to enjoy spring racing at its best.

Derby Day had 90,136 people attending, while a huge crowd of 97,479 ventured out on Cup Day, with 60,888 on Oaks Day and 70,351 on Emirates day.

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2016 Melbourne Cup

The $6,175,000 Melbourne Cup will take place on Tuesday 3rd November 2016 at Flemington racecourse over a distance of 3200 metres under handicap conditions. The 2015 Melbourne Cup was won by Prince Of Penzance from Max Dynamite and Criterion.

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Legend
2yo: Two-year-old
2yoC&G: Two-year-old Colts and Geldings
2yoF: Two-year-old Fillies
2yo&Up: Two-year-old horses and Upwards
3yo: Three-year-old
3yoC&G: Three-year-old Colts and Geldings
3yoF: Three-year-old Fillies
3yo&Up: Three-year-old an upwards
F&M: Fillies and Mares
Mares: Four-year-old and up female horses
SW+Pen: Set Weights + Penalty
Open Hcp: Open Handicap
Qlty Hcp: Quality Handicap
WFA: Weight-for-age
Gr 1: Group 1 race
Gr 2: Group 2 race
Gr 3: Group 3 race
LR: Listed race

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