Only here does spring mean the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival. Where horses have a special place in every Victorian’s heart. Where we’re doing everything possible to keep them safe when they race during the Carnival. 

Spanning over three months of races across the state, the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival features the Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup, the Ladbrokes Cox Plate, the Lexus Melbourne Cup along with 27 Country Cups. All our equine athletes are individually examined by a vet before the three major races, and every starter is CT-scanned before the Melbourne Cup to reduce the risk of injury.

During and after racing, we’re doing everything possible to keep our athletes safe ensuring they have fulfilling careers on and off the track. It’s only here we do racing quite like this. That’s because there is nothing else, nowhere else quite like the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.

Here to prevent injuries, and set a new global benchmark

Only here do racehorses retire quite like this

We're here for the horses

Since January 2020, the Victorian racing industry has directed $10 million to delivering its equine welfare action plan. Of that investment, two per cent has been contributed via prizemoney allocation, with the balance coming directly from Racing Victoria funds. A further $15 million is anticipated to be spent on the equine welfare action plan over the next 18 months as we expand upon the initiatives progressed since the start of 2020 and the roll out of new programs.

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