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Winx headlines Cox Plate second acceptors
AAP 13 hours agoNumbers for some of Melbourne's spring carnival features have been culled following first and second acceptances for Group One races.
Cups hope Admire Deus arrives from Japan
Mathew Toogood 13 hours agoCaulfield and Melbourne Cups hope Admire Deus, who joins the Darren Weir stable, has arrived from Japan and is settling into the quarantine centre at Werribee.
Broadside ready to fire in Metropolitan
Chris Barclay 13 hours agoA heavy workload has Broadside fighting fit for The Metropolitan Handicap as trainer Gai Waterhouse aims for a ninth win in the staying feature.
McEvoy expects 1600m to suit Azazel
Mathew Toogood 14 hours agoTrainer Tony McEvoy is looking forward to trying Azazel over 1600m for the first time in the Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Happy Clapper ready to snap Group One jinx
Chris Barclay 14 hours agoJockey Blake Shinn is confident Happy Clapper can finally deliver at Group One level in the $1 million Epsom Handicap at Randwick for trainer Pat Webster.
Super Cash ready for MV but start doubtful
Craig Brennan 14 hours agoTrainer Andrew Noblet has planned a first-up assault on the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley but is fearful she will miss out on a start.
Chautauqua to make strides towards Everest
Chris Barclay 14 hours agoBrenton Avdulla expects Chautauqua to improve on his first-up run in The Shorts when the world's highest rated sprinter continues his lead-up to The Everest.
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If the whole country seems to be coming to a halt, if it’s the first Tuesday in the month of November, then it all makes sense. It’s Melbourne Cup day! This amazing race, run over 3200m, is undoubtedly one of our country’s major thoroughbred races. Indeed, it has also frequently been described as ‘the world’s richest two-mile handicap’. It draws interest, and entries, from Europe and beyond – although horses from there who don’t take advantage of any of the races leading up to the event don’t tend to perform in a stellar way during the Cup itself. That’s a shame for them, with more than six million dollars up for grabs!
The Golden Slipper field is gathered together to contest the richest race for the 2-year-old age group anywhere. This iconic Australian event has its home in the west of Sydney at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. Raced, very quickly, over 1200m, it has a prize pot of around $3.5m. Todman was the first winner in 1957; sixty years later it was the turn of She Will Reign.
One of our country’s finest horse races, the Cox Plate is approaching its century. Further back than that, W S Cox created Moonee Valley Racecourse, where this race takes place, and the event was named in his honour. The Cox Plate field contests what is a Group 1 2040m Thoroughbred race, and it is held on a late October Saturday. The pot is over $3 million, which earns it a place at number four in all our race prize funds. It’s generally accepted to be Australia’s Weight For Age Championship, and as you hear the thunder of hooves crossing the Tasman, you’ll know it’s a race of choice for many from New Zealand. In the early 1950s, Rising Fast won it three times, and also the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in one unforgettable season.
If you were looking to attend Australia’s top racing occasions, then the Caulfield Cup would be really high on your list. It features a class field for every running, which isn’t surprising considering that it has its place as one of the world’s richest handicaps. $3m in prize money will get the attention of owners everywhere. The Caulfield Cup field assembles every October to contest 2400 metres, and each participating horse will be three years old or more. The venue is the course of the same name, although many locals refer to it affectionately as ‘The Heath’. This race is the centrepiece of the final day of the terrifically popular Caulfield Cup Carnival.