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Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival 2021

The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival takes place in March & April each year in Sydney, New South Wales, and is highlighted by the two-day 'The Championships' at Randwick in April and the Golden Slipper Festival at Rosehill in March.

Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club have revamped the Sydney autumn carnival over recent years, introducing the two-day 'The Championships', an exciting new initiative that injects more than $18 million in prize money over two feature race days at Randwick racecourse.

Ten ‘Championship’ races make up 'The Championships' which is held across two consecutive Saturdays in April, with a total of eight Group 1 events attracting the best gallopers from Australia and worldwide.

The first day of The Championships is on Saturday 3rd April 2021, where the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile is the feature race of the day. The $2.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes and $2 million Group 1 ATC Australian Derby combine alongside the Doncaster for a great day of racing.

Sydney autumn racing carnival

The $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes is now the richest race of the Sydney autumn, and the richest weight-for-age race in the country. It takes centre stage on the second day of The Championships on Saturday 10th April 2021.

Three more Group 1 million dollar races are held alongside the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the second day of The Championships, including the Queen Of The Turf Stakes, the Sydney Cup and the Australian Oaks.

Golden Slipper Day takes place two weeks before 'The Championships' on Saturday 21st March 2021 at Rosehill racecourse, featuring the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes, the world’s richest race for two-year-olds and the 'jewel in the crown' of the Rosehill carnival.

Seven days later the $2.25M Tancred Stakes headlines another huge day of racing at Rosehill.

The Sydney autumn carnival is the major racing carnival held in New South Wales each year and the Group 2 Expressway Stakes at Rosehill in February is the first major group race of the new year in Sydney, while the Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm in March is the first Group 1 race of the year.

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2021 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival Guide

Saturday 30th January 2021, Rosehill, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 2Expressway Stakes$200,0001200mWeight-for-age
Group 3Canonbury Stakes$150,0001100m3yoC&G SW+P
Group 3Widden Stakes$150,0001100m2yoF SW+P
Saturday 6th February 2021, Warwick Farm, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 3Eskimo Prince Stakes$150,0001200m3yo Hcp
Saturday 13th February 2021, Randwick, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 2Apollo Stakes$250,0001400mWeight-for-age
Group 2Light Fingers Stakes$200,0001200m3yoF SW
Group 3Southern Cross Stakes$150,0001200mQuality Hcp
Group 3Triscay Stakes$150,0001200mF&M Qlty
Saturday 20th February 2021, Rosehill, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 2Hobartville Stakes$400,0001400m3yo SW
Group 2Silver Slipper Stakes$250,0001100m2yo SW
Group 2Millie Fox Stakes$200,0001300mF&M SW+P
Saturday 27th February 2021, Randwick, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 1Chipping Norton Stakes$600,0001600mWeight-for-age
Group 1Surround Stakes$200,0001400m3yoF SW
Group 2Guy Walter Stakes$200,0001400mMares SW+P
Group 2Sweet Embrace Stakes$200,0001200m2yoF SW
Group 2Skyline Stakes$200,0001200m2yoC&G SW
Group 3Liverpool City Cup$150,0001300mQuality Hcp
Friday 5th March 2021, Newcastle, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 3Newcastle Newmarket Hcp$150,0001400mQuality Hcp
Saturday 6th March 2021, Randwick, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 1Randwick Guineas$1,000,0001600m3yo SW
Group 1Canterbury Stakes$500,0001300mWeight-for-age
Group 2Challenge Stakes$400,0001000mWeight-for-age
Group 2Todman Stakes$300,0001200m2yoC&G SW
Group 2Reisling Stakes$300,0001200m2yoF SW
Group 3Aspiration Quality$150,0001600mF&M Qlty
Group 3Wenona Girl Handicap$150,0001200mMares Qlty
Sunday 7th March 2021, Canberra, ACT
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 3Black Opal Stakes$300,0001200m2yo SW+P
Friday 12th March 2021, Kembla Grange, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 3Keith F Nolan Classic$200,0001600m3yoF SW+P
Saturday 13th March 2021, Rosehill, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 1Coolmore Stud Classic$600,0001500mF&M Qlty
Group 2Phar Lap Stakes$200,0001500m3yo SW
Group 2Ajax Stakes$200,0001500mQuality Hcp
Group 2Magic Night Stakes$175,0001200m2yoF SW
Group 2Pago Pago Stakes$175,0001200m2yoC&G SW
Group 3Sky High Stakes$350,0001900m3yo&Up Qlty
Group 3Maurice McCarten Stakes$150,0001100m3yo&Up Qlty
Saturday 20th March 2021, Rosehill, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 1Golden Slipper Stakes$3,500,0001200m2yo SW
Group 1George Ryder Stakes$1,000,0001500mWeight-for-age
Group 1Ranvet Stakes$700,0002000mWeight-for-age
Group 1Rosehill Guineas$600,0002000m3yo SW
Group 1The Galaxy$350,0001100mOpen Hcp
Group 3Epona Stakes$150,0001900mF&M SW+P
Group 3NE Manion Cup$150,0002400m3yo&Up Qlty
Group 3Birthday Card Stakes$150,0001200mF&M Qlty
Saturday 27th March 2021, Rosehill, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 1Tancred Stakes$1,500,0002400mWeight-for-age
Group 1Storm Queen Stakes$500,0002000m3yoF SW
Group 2Tulloch Stakes$200,0002000m3yoC&G SW
Group 2Emancipation Stakes$200,0001600mF&M SW+P
Group 3Neville Sellwood Stakes$150,0002000mQuality Hcp
Group 3Star Kingdom Stakes$150,0001200mOpen Hcp
Group 3TL Baillieu Handicap$150,0001400m2yo Hcp
Group 3Doncaster Prelude$150,0001600m3yo & Up
Saturday 3rd April 2021, Randwick, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 1Doncaster Handicap$3,000,0001600mOpen Hcp
Group 1TJ Smith Stakes$2,500,0001200mWeight-for-age
Group 1ATC Australian Derby$2,000,0002400m3yo SW
Group 1ATC Sires Produce Stakes$1,000,0001400m2yo SW
Group 2Chairmans Handicap$300,0002600mQuality Hcp
Group 3PJ Bell Stakes$200,0001200m3yoF SW+Pen
Group 3Adrian Knox Stakes$200,0002000m3yoF Qlty
Group 3Kindergarten Stakes$200,0001100m2yo SW
Group 3ATC Carbine Club Stakes$200,0001600m3yo SW+P
Saturday 10th April 2021, Randwick, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 1ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes$4,000,0002000mWeight-for-age
Group 1Sydney Cup$2,000,0003200mOpen Hcp
Group 1ATC Australian Oaks$1,000,0002400m3yoF SW
Group 1Queen Of The Turf Stakes$1,000,0001600mF&M WFA
Group 2Royal Sovereign Stakes$1,000,0001200m3yo SW
Group 2Sapphire Stakes$300,0001200mF&M SW+P
Group 3Percy Sykes Stakes$1,000,0001200m2yoF SW+Pen
Saturday 17th April 2021, Randwick, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 1All Aged Stakes$600,0001400mWeight-for-age
Group 1ATC Champagne Stakes$500,0001600m2yo SW
Group 3JRA Plate$150,0002000m3yo&Up Qlty
Group 3James HB Carr Stakes$150,0001400m3yoF SW+P
Group 3Frank Packer Plate$150,0002000m3yo SW
Group 3Hall Mark Stakes$150,0001200m3yo+ SW+P
Saturday 24th April 2021, Hawkesbury, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 3Hawkesbury Guineas$200,0001400mOpen Hcp
Group 3Hawkesbury Gold Cup$200,0001600mOpen Hcp
Group 3Hawkesbury Crown$160,0001300mF&M SW+P
Saturday 15th May 2021, Scone, NSW
Status Race Name Prize Money Distance Race Type
Group 3Dark Jewel Classic$200,0001400mF&M Qlty

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Other Australian Racing Carnivals

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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