Feature Races Overview

The 2018 Spring Racing Carnival, features 136 meetings carrying record prizemoney of more than $80 million in 2018. Racing Victoria Chief Executive, Giles Thompson, said the 2018 Spring Racing Carnival is set to further enhance the global appeal of Victorian racing. 

“The Spring Racing Carnival is Australia’s most famous racing carnival attracting annual attendances of 650,000 and generating over $700 million in economic benefit for the state of Victoria,” Thompson said.

“It is also widely respected internationally and a target for the world’s best trainers and jockeys. We are excited to enter our 25th year of international competition in Melbourne and will welcome horses from all over the world again in 2018."

Sprint Races

G2 SCHILLACI STAKES

Race Date: Saturday 13 October
Distance: 5.5f / 1100m
Conditions: WFA
Prizemoney: $401,000  
Racecourse: Caulfield
Close Date: Monday 8 October

G2 CAULFIELD SPRINT

Race Date: Saturday 20 October  
Distance: 5f / 1000m
Conditions: Handicap
Prizemoney: $201,000
Racecourse: Caulfield
Close Date: Monday 15 October

G1 LADBROKES MANIKATO STAKES

Race Date:  Friday 26 October
Distance: 6f / 1200m
Conditions: WFA
Prizemoney: $1,015,000 ($615,000 first prize) 
Racecourse: The Valley (Moonee Valley)
Close Date: Tuesday 25 September

G2 LINLITHGOW STAKES

Race Date: Saturday 3 November
Distance: 6f / 1200m 
Conditions: Handicap
Prizemoney: $302,000
Racecourse: Flemington
Close Date: Monday 29 October

G1 DARLEY CLASSIC

Race Date:  Saturday 10 November
Distance: 6f / 1200m
Conditions: WFA
Prizemoney:  $1,002,500 ($602,500 first prize)
Racecourse: Flemington
Close Date: Tuesday 25 September

Mile Races

G1 TOORAK HANDICAP

Race Date: Saturday 13 October 
Distance: 8f / 1600m
Conditions: Handicap
Prizemoney: $502,750 ($602,750 first prize) 
Racecourse: Caulfield 
Close Date: Monday 8 October

G2 CRYSTAL MILE

Race Date: Saturday 27 October  
Distance: 8f / 1600m
Conditions: WFA
Prizemoney: $203,000  
Racecourse:The Valley (Moonee Valley)
Close Date: Monday 22 October

G1 KENNEDY MILE

Race Date Saturday 3 November : 
Distance: 8f / 1600m  
Conditions: Quality Handicap  
Prizemoney: $1,002,500 ($602,500 first prize)
Racecourse: Flemington
Close Date: Monday 22 October
Middle Distance Weight for Age Races

G1 CAULFIELD STAKES

Race Date Saturday 13 October:  
Distance: 10f / 2000m
Conditions: WFA   
Prizemoney: $1,002,750 ($602,750 first prize)
Racecourse:  Caulfield
Close Date: Monday 8 October  

G1 LADBROKES COX PLATE

Race Date: Saturday 27 October   
Distance: 10f / 2040m  
Conditions: WFA  
Prizemoney: $5,050,000 ($3,050,000 first prize)
Racecourse: The Valley (Moonee Valley)  
Close Date: Tuesday 7 August  

G1 LKS MACKINNON STAKES

Race Date: Saturday 10 November   
Distance: 10f / 2000m  
Conditions: WFA  
Prizemoney: $2,005,000 ($1,205,000 first prize)  
Racecourse: Flemington  
Close Date: Monday 5 November  

Staying Races

G2 HERBERT POWER STAKES

Race Date: Saturday 13 October
Distance: 12f / 2400m
Conditions: Quality Handicap
Prizemoney: $401,000
Racecourse: Caulfield
Close Date: Monday 8 October

G1 STELLA ARTOIS CAULFIELD CUP

Race Date: Saturday 20 October  
Distance: 12f / 2400m  
Conditions: Handicap  
Prizemoney: $5,150,000 ($3,150,000 first prize)  
Racecourse: Caulfield  
Close Date: Thursday 30 August   

G3 GEELONG CUP

Race Date: Wednesday 24 October
Distance: 12f / 2400m
Conditions:  Handicap
Prizemoney: $365,000
Racecourse: Geelong
Close Date:  Thursday 18 October

G2 MOONEE VALLEY GOLD CUP

Race Date: Saturday 27 October
Distance: 12.5f / 2500m
Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties 
Prizemoney: $500,000 
Racecourse: The Valley (Moonee Valley)
Close Date: Monday 22 October

G3 JAYCO BENDIGO CUP

Race Date: Wednseday 31 October
Distance: 12f / 2400m
Conditions: Handicap
Prizemoney: $303,500
Racecourse: Bendigo
Close Date:  Thursday 25 October

G3 HOTHAM HANDICAP

Race Date: Saturday 3 November
Distance: 12.f / 2500m
Conditions: Quality Handicap
Prizemoney: $301,500
Racecourse: Flemington
Close Date: Monday 29 October

G1 LEXUS MELBOURNE CUP

Race Date: Tuesday 6 November
Distance: 16f / 3200m
Conditions: Handicap
Prizemoney: $7,300,000 ($4,250,000 first prize)
Racecourse: Flemington
Close Date: Tuesday 30 August

G3 QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES

Race Date: Saturday 10 November 
Distance: 13f / 2600m
Conditions: Quality Handicap
Prizemoney: $301,500
Racecourse: Flemington
Close Date:  Monday 5 November

G2 ZIPPING CLASSIC

Race Date: Saturday 17 November 
Distance: 12f / 2400
Conditions: WFA 
Prizemoney:  $301,00
Racecourse: Sandown
Close Date:  Monday 12 November

LISTED LADBROKES SANDOWN CUP

Race Date: Saturday 17 November
Distance: 16f / 3200m
Conditions: WFA
Prizemoney: $150,500
Racecourse: Sandown
Close Date: Monday 12 November