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Australian Group 1 Races

Australian Group 1 Races are the premier races for thoroughbreds during the racing season in Australia. Group One races have the highest prizemoney on offer and owners, jockeys, and trainers set their sights on winning Group 1 races because of the prestige and value associated for winning horses, especially those horses and mares being set for a career at stud.

The most recognised Group 1 races in Australia each year are the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and WS Cox Plate in Melbourne, and the Golden Slipper in Sydney. Each of these races are prestigous events on the Australian racing calendar, offering high prizemoney for participants.

Group 1 races are held in the 5 major states of Australia at the principal metropolitan tracks in each capital city. The majority of Group 1 events take place at the major racing carnivals in Melbourne and Sydney each autumn and spring.

Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth carnivals, although smaller in number Group 1 wise, provide some eagerly awaited feature races throughout the year.

Outside the major state carnivals, Queensland has the exciting Gold Coast Magic Millions carnival on the Gold Coast in January, while the Tasmania Summer Racing Carnival lights up Hobart and Launceston racecourses in Tasmania in February.

The Australian racing season runs from August to July each year and below you will find all the Group 1 races held annually in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Group 1 Races in Australia each year

The three most prestigious races on the Australian racing calendar are the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, and WS Cox Plate, which all take place during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in Victoria.

Victoria - Melbourne

Date Track Race Name Purse Distance Type
Sep02-17 Caulfield Memsie Stakes $1,000,000 1400m WFA
Sep16-17 Flemington Makybe Diva Stakes $750,000 1600m WFA
Sep29-17 M. Valley AJ Moir Stakes $450,000 1000m WFA
Oct01-17 Caulfield Underwood Stakes $750,000 1800m WFA
Oct01-17 Caulfield Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes $500,000 1400m Open Hcp
Oct07-17 Flemington Turnbull Stakes $500,000 2000m 4yo+ SW+P
Oct14-17 Caulfield Caulfield Guineas $2,000,000 1600m 3yo Open SW
Oct14-17 Caulfield Caulfield Stakes $1,000,000 2000m WFA
Oct14-17 Caulfield Thousand Guineas $500,000 1600m 3yoF Open SW
Oct14-17 Caulfield Toorak Handicap $500,000 1600m Open Hcp
Oct21-17 Caulfield Caulfield Cup $3,000,000 2400m Open Hcp
Oct27-17 M. Valley Manikato Stakes $1,000,000 1200m WFA
Oct28-17 M. Valley WS Cox Plate $3,000,000 2040m WFA
Nov04-17 Flemington Victoria Derby $1,500,000 2500m 3yo SW
Nov04-17 Flemington Coolmore Stud Stakes $1,000,000 1200m 3yo SW
Nov04-17 Flemington Cantala Stakes $1,000,000 1600m Quality Hcp
Nov04-17 Flemington Myer Classic $500,000 1600m F&M WFA
Nov07-17 Flemington Melbourne Cup $6,000,000 3200m Open Hcp
Nov09-17 Flemington VRC Oaks $1,000,000 2500m 3yoF SW
Nov11-17 Flemington Emirates Stakes $2,000,000 2000m WFA
Nov11-17 Flemington VRC Sprint Classic $1,000,000 1200m WFA
Feb10-18 Caulfield CF Orr Stakes $500,000 1400m Weight-for-age
Feb17-18 Flemington Lightning Stakes $750,000 1000m Weight-for-age
Feb24-18 Caulfield Blue Diamond Stakes $1,500,000 1200m 2yo SW
Feb24-18 Caulfield Futurity Stakes $500,000 1400m Weight-for-age
Feb24-18 Caulfield Oakleigh Plate $500,000 1100m Open Hcp
Mar03-18 Flemington Australian Guineas $750,000 1600m 3yo SW
Mar10-18 Flemington Australian Cup $1,500,000 2000m Weight-for-age
Mar10-18 Flemington Newmarket Handicap $1,250,000 1200m Open Hcp
Mar23-18 M. Valley William Reid Stakes $500,000 1200m Weight-for-age

New South Wales - Sydney

Date Track Race Name Purse Distance Type
Sep16-17 Randwick George Main Stakes $500,000 1600m Weight-for-age
Sep23-17 Rosehill Golden Rose $1,000,000 1400m 3yo SW
Sep30-17 Randwick Epsom Handicap $1,000,000 1600m Open Hcp
Sep30-17 Randwick The Metropolitan $750,000 2400m 3yo&up Hcp
Sep30-17 Randwick Flight Stakes $500,000 1600m 3yoF SW
Oct07-17 Randwick Spring Champion Stakes $500,000 2000m 3yo SW
Mar03-18 W. Farm Chipping Norton Stakes $600,000 1600m Weight-for-age
Mar10-18 Randwick Randwick Guineas $1,000,000 1600m 3yo SW
Mar10-18 Randwick Canterbury Stakes $500,000 1300m Weight-for-age
Mar17-18 Rosehill Coolmore Stud Classic $600,000 1500m F&M Qlty
Mar24-18 Rosehill Golden Slipper Stakes $3,500,000 1200m 2yo SW
Mar24-18 Rosehill George Ryder Stakes $1,000,000 1500m Weight-for-age
Mar24-18 Rosehill Ranvet Stakes $700,000 2000m Weight-for-age
Mar24-18 Rosehill Rosehill Guineas $600,000 2000m 3yo SW
Mar24-18 Rosehill The Galaxy $350,000 1100m Open Hcp
Mar31-18 Rosehill The BMW $1,500,000 2400m Weight-for-age
Mar31-18 Rosehill Storm Queen Stakes $500,000 2000m 3yoF SW
Apr07-18 Randwick Doncaster Handicap $3,000,000 1600m Open Hcp
Apr07-18 Randwick TJ Smith Stakes $2,500,000 1200m Weight-for-age
Apr07-18 Randwick ATC Australian Derby $2,000,000 2400m 3yo SW
Apr07-18 Randwick ATC Sires Produce Stakes $1,000,000 1400m 2yo SW
Apr14-18 Randwick ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes $4,000,000 2000m Weight-for-age
Apr14-18 Randwick Sydney Cup $2,000,000 3200m Open Hcp
Apr14-18 Randwick ATC Australian Oaks $1,000,000 2400m 3yoF SW
Apr14-18 Randwick Queen Of The Turf Stakes $1,000,000 1600m F&M WFA
Apr21-18 Randwick All Aged Stakes $600,000 1400m Weight-for-age
Apr21-18 Randwick ATC Champagne Stakes $500,000 1600m 2yo SW

Queensland - Brisbane

Date Track Race Name Purse Distance Type
May12-18 Doomben Doomben 10000 $750,000 1200m Weight-for-age
May19-18 Doomben Doomben Cup $650,000 2000m Weight-for-age
May26-18 Eagle Farm BTC Cup $750,000 1300m Weight-for-age
Jun02-18 Eagle Farm Queensland Oaks $400,000 2200m 3yoF SW
Jun09-18 Eagle Farm Stradbroke Handicap $1,500,000 1350m Open Hcp
Jun09-18 Eagle Farm Queensland Derby $600,000 2200m 3yo SW
Jun09-18 Eagle Farm The TJ Smith $600,000 1600m 2yo SW
Jun23-18 Eagle Farm Winter Stakes $500,000 1400m F&M WFA

South Australia - Adelaide

Date Track Race Name Purse Distance Type
May05-18 Morphettville Robert Sangster Stakes $1,000,000 1200m F&M WFA
May05-18 Morphettville Australasian Oaks $500,000 2000m 3yoF SW
May12-18 Morphettville SA Derby $600,000 2500m 3yo SW
May19-18 Morphettville Goodwood $1,000,000 1200m Open SW+P

Western Australia - Perth

Date Track Race Name Purse Distance Type
Nov25-17 Ascot Railway Stakes $1,000,000 1600m Open Hcp
Dec02-17 Ascot Winterbottom Stakes $1,000,000 1200m Weight-for-age
Dec09-17 Ascot Kingston Town Classic $1,000,000 1800m Weight-for-age

Visit our Australian Group Races page to see all feature group races held in Australia each year. Check out all group winners and placegetters for the season at our Group Races Results page.