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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 prize money 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 prize money 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.

Yearly Australian Group 1 Races

The most prestigious Australian Group 1 races on the racing calendar each year are the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, and WS Cox Plate. These three feature events all take place during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in Victoria.

Victoria - Melbourne

Date Track Race Name Purse Distance Type
Feb06-21 Caulfield CF Orr Stakes $500,000 1400m Weight-for-age
Feb13-21 Flemington Lightning Stakes $750,000 1000m Weight-for-age
Feb20-21 Caulfield Blue Diamond Stakes $1,500,000 1200m 2yo SW
Feb20-21 Caulfield Oakleigh Plate $500,000 1100m Open Hcp
Feb20-21 Caulfield Futurity Stakes $500,000 1400m Weight-for-age
Feb27-21 Flemington Australian Guineas $750,000 1600m 3yo SW
Mar06-21 Flemington Australian Cup $1,500,000 2000m Weight-for-age
Mar06-21 Flemington Newmarket Handicap $1,250,000 1200m Open Hcp
Mar19-21 M. Valley William Reid Stakes $500,000 1200m Weight-for-age
Aug28-21 Caulfield Memsie Stakes $750,000 1400m WFA
Sep11-21 Flemington Makybe Diva Stakes $750,000 1600m WFA
Sep18-21 Caulfield Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes $750,000 1400m Open Hcp
Sep24-21 M. Valley AJ Moir Stakes $1,000,000 1000m WFA
Sep26-21 Sandown Underwood Stakes $750,000 1800m WFA
Oct02-21 Flemington Turnbull Stakes $750,000 2000m 4yo+ SW+P
Oct09-21 Caulfield Caulfield Guineas $2,000,000 1600m 3yo Open SW
Oct09-21 Caulfield Caulfield Stakes $1,000,000 2000m WFA
Oct09-21 Caulfield Toorak Handicap $1,000,000 1600m Open Hcp
Oct13-21 Caulfield Thousand Guineas $1,000,000 1600m 3yoF Open SW
Oct16-21 Caulfield Caulfield Cup $5,000,000 2400m Open Hcp
Oct22-21 M. Valley Manikato Stakes $1,000,000 1200m WFA
Oct23-21 M. Valley WS Cox Plate $5,000,000 2040m WFA
Oct30-21 Flemington Cantala Stakes $2,000,000 1600m Quality Hcp
Oct30-21 Flemington Victoria Derby $2,000,000 2500m 3yo SW
Oct30-21 Flemington Coolmore Stud Stakes $1,000,000 1200m 3yo SW
Oct30-21 Flemington Empire Rose Stakes $1,000,000 1600m F&M WFA
Nov02-21 Flemington Melbourne Cup $8,000,000 3200m Open Hcp
Nov04-21 Flemington VRC Oaks $1,000,000 2500m 3yoF SW
Nov06-21 Flemington Emirates Stakes $2,000,000 2000m WFA
Nov06-21 Flemington VRC Sprint Classic $2,000,000 1200m WFA

New South Wales - Sydney

Date Track Race Name Purse Distance Type
Feb27-21 Randwick Chipping Norton Stakes $600,000 1600m Weight-for-age
Feb27-21 Randwick Surround Stakes $200,000 1400m 3yoF SW
Mar06-21 Randwick Randwick Guineas $1,000,000 1600m 3yo SW
Mar06-21 Randwick Canterbury Stakes $500,000 1300m Weight-for-age
Mar13-21 Rosehill Coolmore Stud Classic $600,000 1500m F&M Qlty
Mar20-21 Rosehill Golden Slipper Stakes $3,500,000 1200m 2yo SW
Mar20-21 Rosehill George Ryder Stakes $1,000,000 1500m Weight-for-age
Mar20-21 Rosehill Ranvet Stakes $700,000 2000m Weight-for-age
Mar20-21 Rosehill Rosehill Guineas $600,000 2000m 3yo SW
Mar20-21 Rosehill The Galaxy $350,000 1100m Open Hcp
Mar27-21 Rosehill Tancred Stakes $1,500,000 2400m Weight-for-age
Mar27-21 Rosehill Storm Queen Stakes $500,000 2000m 3yoF SW
Apr03-21 Randwick Doncaster Handicap $3,000,000 1600m Open Hcp
Apr03-21 Randwick TJ Smith Stakes $2,500,000 1200m Weight-for-age
Apr03-21 Randwick ATC Australian Derby $2,000,000 2400m 3yo SW
Apr03-21 Randwick ATC Sires Produce Stakes $1,000,000 1400m 2yo SW
Apr10-21 Randwick ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes $4,000,000 2000m Weight-for-age
Apr10-21 Randwick Sydney Cup $2,000,000 3200m Open Hcp
Apr10-21 Randwick Queen Of The Turf Stakes $1,000,000 1600m F&M WFA
Apr10-21 Randwick ATC Australian Oaks $1,000,000 2400m 3yoF SW
Apr17-21 Randwick All Aged Stakes $600,000 1400m Weight-for-age
Apr17-21 Randwick ATC Champagne Stakes $500,000 1600m 2yo SW
Aug21-21 Randwick Winx Stakes $500,000 1400m Weight-for-age
Sep18-21 Randwick George Main Stakes $500,000 1600m Weight-for-age
Sep25-21 Rosehill Golden Rose $1,000,000 1400m 3yo SW
Oct02-21 Randwick Epsom Handicap $1,000,000 1600m Open Hcp
Oct02-21 Randwick The Metropolitan $750,000 2400m 3yo&up Hcp
Oct02-21 Randwick Flight Stakes $500,000 1600m 3yoF SW
Oct09-21 Randwick Spring Champion Stakes $1,000,000 2000m 3yo SW

Queensland - Brisbane

Date Track Race Name Purse Distance Type
May15-21 Doomben Doomben 10000 $750,000 1200m Weight-for-age
May22-21 Doomben Doomben Cup $650,000 2000m Weight-for-age
May29-21 Eagle Farm BTC Cup $750,000 1300m Weight-for-age
Jun05-21 Eagle Farm Queensland Oaks $500,000 2200m 3yoF SW
Jun12-21 Eagle Farm Stradbroke Handicap $1,500,000 1350m Open Hcp
Jun12-21 Eagle Farm Queensland Derby $600,000 2200m 3yo SW
Jun12-21 Eagle Farm The TJ Smith $600,000 1600m 2yo SW
Jun26-21 Eagle Farm Winter Stakes $500,000 1400m F&M WFA

South Australia - Adelaide

Date Track Race Name Purse Distance Type
May01-21 Morphettville Robert Sangster Stakes $1,000,000 1200m F&M WFA
May01-21 Morphettville Australasian Oaks $500,000 2000m 3yoF SW
May08-21 Morphettville SA Derby $600,000 2500m 3yo SW
May15-21 Morphettville Goodwood $1,000,000 1200m Open SW+P

Western Australia - Perth

Date Track Race Name Purse Distance Type
Nov20-21 Ascot Railway Stakes $1,000,000 1600m Open Hcp
Nov27-21 Ascot Winterbottom Stakes $1,000,000 1200m Weight-for-age
Dec04-21 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.