This year the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival is different. There won’t be the hats and the hoopla. The celebrities, flowers and champagne. Instead, the focus will be solely on the world’s best horses as they run in the country’s most exciting races. With all eyes on them and nothing else, this is the horses’ moment.
The Victorian Spring Racing Carnival spans three months of thrilling racing across the state. With over $100 million in prizemoney, the carnival brings together September racing, the Caulfield Cup Carnival, featuring the Stella Artois Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate Carnival, featuring the running of the 100th Ladbrokes Cox Plate, Melbourne Cup Carnival, featuring the Lexus Melbourne Cup along with countless Country Cups.
More than ever, this year is the time to celebrate our equine athletes - their strength and speed, their personalities and their journeys towards the most thrilling racing events. It also provides us with the unique opportunity to watch and celebrate from the comfort of our own homes.
Our heroes, the horses will have centre stage. We will call out the record breakers, history makers and big equine personalities, so that all Victorians looking towards the track this Spring, will know that more than any year before it, 2020 is truly the year of the Horse.
A different kind of excitement is upon us this spring, where all eyes are on the horses. Without the usual focus on fashion and the fun & frivolity of race day, we shift the focus to the sport and the real stars of the track.
Wherever you are tuning in from this year, there are many ways to catch all the excitement of this year's Victorian Spring Racing Carnival, with live broadcasts across free-to-air television, Foxtel, radio and online.
You won’t miss a minute of the action with Racing.com on free-to-air digital television (Channel 68/78), Foxtel (Channel 529), or through the Racing.com website.
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Catch all the premium Spring action live and free with Seven. Check the Freeview guide to see when races will air in your state on Seven, 7TWO and 7Plus.
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Tune in to RSN 927AM if you’re in Victoria for live coverage of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival. You can also listen via the RSN app or online via the RSN website.
Be here as we celebrate the real athletes this Spring, the horses. The athleticism of these animals cannot be compared, they can reach speeds of up to 60km/hour when in full flight. Horses are finely tuned animals and there is so much that goes into their training. Watch below to hear about what makes an equine athlete.
This Spring, the best horses travel to Flemington, Caulfield, Moonee Valley and the Country, bringing their magic to the track. Join the stayers and sprinters as they take on race days. From the historic 100th running of the Cox Plate, to who’ll take the mantle as the champion of Caulfield, to those magical 3200 metres as the horses vie for the Melbourne Cup, this Spring is not to be missed.
Relive the races that made history and see the athletes that forged a new path for horse racing in Victoria, all over again.
Carrying 58kg, Northerly and Greg Childs win the 2002 Caulfield Cup.
Damien Oliver's win on Media Puzzle in the 2002 Melbourne Cup captured Australian hearts.
Winx creates history winning her fourth consecutive W.S. Cox Plate.
Might and Power wins the Caulfield Cup by a record margin.
Nikita Beriman rode Tears I Cry to win the 2007 Emirates Stakes, both her and trainer Ciaron Maher’s first Group 1.
Bart Cummings 'The Legend' wins his 12th Melbourne Cup with Viewed.
Be here this Spring to celebrate the stars of the sport and their lives after racing.
Discover what retired racehorses like Hartnell are doing now as they embark on their second career.
With a whole host of elite equine athletes ready to showcase their supreme skills over the next three months, the stage is set for another chapter to be written in the rich history of the Spring Racing Carnival.
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