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Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival 2018

The Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival is traditionally held in February and March each year and takes place at Flemington, Caulfield, and Moonee Valley racecourses Melbourne.

Three race clubs figure prominently, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC), which races at Flemington, the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC), which races at Caulfield, and the Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC), home to racing at Moonee Valley.

The Melbourne autumn carnival is not as high profile as the spring extravaganza, but it does include some quality Group 1 races, such as the first leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, the $750,000 Lightning Stakes at Flemington in February.

Sydney autumn racing carnival

The MRC hosts its major race for the autumn in February when the Group 1 $1,000,000 Blue Diamond Stakes for two-year-old gallopers highlights a huge meeting at Caulfield.

Flemington hosts two major race days in March with the $500,000 Australian Guineas for three-year-olds on the first day. The following week the VRC hosts the major race meeting of the Melbourne autumn carnival, known as Super Saturday of Racing, featuring the $1,500,000 Australian Cup and $1,000,000 Newmarket Handicap.

The MVRC hosts the last Group 1 race of the Melbourne autumn when the $500,000 William Reid Stakes is held in late March at Moonee Valley.

2018 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Guide

Monday 1st January 2018, Flemington, VIC
Status Race Name Prizemoney Distance Race Type
Group 3Standish Handicap$150,0001200mOpen Hcp
Friday 26th January 2018, Moonee Valley, VIC
Status Race Name Prizemoney Distance Race Type
Group 2Australia Stakes$200,0001200mWeight-for-age
Saturday 27th January 2018, Caulfield, VIC
Status Race Name Prizemoney Distance Race Type
Group 3Blue Diamond Preview (F)$150,0001000m2yoF SW
Saturday 3rd February 2018, Caulfield, VIC
Status Race Name Prizemoney Distance Race Type
Group 3Manfred Stakes$150,0001200m3yo SW+P
Group 3MRC Chairmans Stakes$150,0001100m2yo SW+P
Saturday 10th February 2018, Caulfield, VIC
Status Race Name Prizemoney Distance Race Type
Group 1CF Orr Stakes$500,0001400mWeight-for-age
Group 2Blue Diamond Prelude (F)$200,0001100m2yoF SW
Group 2Autumn Stakes$200,0001400m3yo SW+P
Group 2Rubiton Stakes$200,0001100mSW + P
Group 3Blue Diamond Prelude (C)$200,0001100m2yoC&G SW
Group 3Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes$150,0001200mF&M SW+P
Group 3Carlyon Cup$150,0001600mOpen SW+P
Group 3Boronia Stakes$150,0001200m3yoF SW+P
Saturday 17th February 2018, Flemington, VIC
Status Race Name Prizemoney Distance Race Type
Group 1Lightning Stakes$750,0001000mWeight-for-age
Group 3CS Hayes Stakes$150,0001400m3yoC&G SW+P
Group 3The Vanity Stakes$150,0001400m3yoF SW+P
Friday 23rd February 2018, Moonee Valley, VIC
Status Race Name Prizemoney Distance Race Type
Group 3Typhoon Tracy Stakes$150,0001200m3yoF SW+P
Saturday 24th February 2018, Caulfield, VIC
Status Race Name Prizemoney Distance Race Type
Group 1Blue Diamond Stakes$1,500,0001200m2yo SW
Group 1Oakleigh Plate$500,0001100mOpen Hcp
Group 1Futurity Stakes$500,0001400mWeight-for-age
Group 2Angus Armanasco Stakes$200,0001400m3yoF SW
Group 2St George Stakes$200,0001800mWeight-for-age
Group 2Autumn Classic$200,0001800m3yo SW
Group 3Zeditave Stakes$150,0001200m3yo C&G SW+P
Group 3Mannerism Stakes$150,0001400mMares SW+P
Saturday 3rd March 2018, Flemington, VIC
Status Race Name Prizemoney Distance Race Type
Group 1Australian Guineas$750,0001600m3yo SW
Group 3Shaftesbury Avenue Hcp$150,0001400mOpen Hcp
Group 3Frances Tressady Stakes$150,0001400mMares SW+P
Saturday 10th March 2018, Flemington, VIC
Status Race Name Prizemoney Distance Race Type
Group 1Australian Cup$1,500,0002000mWeight-for-age
Group 1Newmarket Handicap$1,250,0001200mOpen Hcp
Group 2VRC Sires Produce Stakes$200,0001400m2yo SW
Group 2Kewney Stakes$200,0001400m3yoF SW
Group 3Matron Stakes$150,0001600mMares SW+P
Friday 16th March 2018, Moonee Valley, VIC
Status Race Name Prizemoney Distance Race Type
Group 2Alister Clark Stakes$200,0002040m3yoC&G SW+P
Saturday 17th March 2018, Flemington, VIC
Status Race Name Prizemoney Distance Race Type
Group 2Blamey Stakes$200,0001600mOpen SW+P
Group 3Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes$150,0001200m2yoF SW + P
Friday 23rd March 2018, Moonee Valley, VIC
Status Race Name Prizemoney Distance Race Type
Group 1William Reid Stakes$500,0001200mWeight-for-age
Group 2Sunline Stakes$200,0001600mMares WFA
Group 3Alexandra Stakes$150,0001600m3yoF SW+P
Saturday 31st March 2018, Caulfield, VIC
Status Race Name Prizemoney Distance Race Type
Group 3Easter Cup$150,0002000mOpen Hcp
Group 3Victoria Handicap$150,0001400mOpen Hcp

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Other Australian Racing Carnivals

Carnivals below include the Melbourne spring carnival, Sydney autumn and spring carnivals, plus Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Tasmania, and the Gold Coast Magic Millions in Queensland.

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