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Winx ready for barrier trial at Rosehill
By Caryl Williamson 3 hours agoWinx will make her first public appearance ahead of her fourth Cox Plate campaign when she runs in a barrier trial at Rosehill featuring Chautauqua.
Weir to have strong hand in Bletchingly
By Mathew Toogood 4 hours agoVoodoo Lad and Black Heart Bart will be among Darren Weir's representatives in the Bletchingly Stakes, while the race is one of two options for Nature Strip.
Orman to ride more for Edmonds
Mark Oberhardt 5 hours agoJockey James Orman's win on Winter Bride has ensured he will get more rides for the powerful Toby Edmonds stable.
Matt Dunn looks to bright future
By Mark Oberhardt 6 hours agoTrainer Matt Dunn has reached 100 winners for the season and is looking forward to an even brighter new season.
Familiar path to The Everest for Redzel
By Mathew Toogood 7 hours agoPeter Snowden is sticking to the same campaign as a year ago for Redzel who is scheduled to run in the Concorde Stakes and The Shorts leading into The Everest.
Sea Of Class wins Irish Oaks
PAA 8 hours agoSea Of Class has got up in the shadow of the post to land a thrilling victory in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh.
Misconduct charge earns apprentice a spell
Craig Brennan 1 day agoApprentice Mitch Aitken will spend three weeks on the sidelines after being suspended by Racing Victoria stewards.
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The Melbourne Cup is a 3,200-metre race that is run at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday of every November. It is the richest turf race in the world, with a prize purse of $6.2 million. It is Australia’s most prestigious horse race and the country’s most-watched sporting event. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of Australians over the age of 14 watch it each year, cheering for the horse they have chosen or picked out of the office sweep. It has come to be known as the race that stops a nation, which is a huge cry from the running of the first race in 1861 which attracted just 4,000 people. The inaugural race would have been much less spectacular, but at least bar service would have been a lot easier.
The Golden Slipper is a 1,200-metre sprint for two-year-olds that takes place in March each year at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. It is the richest two-year-old race in the world, offering a prize purse of $3.5 million. It is one of the greatest highlights of the year on Australia’s racing calendar and is easily the most watched race in Sydney.
The Cox Plate is a 2040-metre weight-for-age race for three-year-olds and open class horses. It is held every year in October at Melbourne’s Moonee Valley, neatly sandwiched between the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne cup as one of the highlights of the Spring Racing Carnival. Its prize purse of $3 million is highly sought and has given rise to some of the greatest moments in Australian sporting history, such as the classic win by Phar Lap in 1931 that still ranks as one of the milestones in Australian racing.
The Caulfield Cup is a 2,400-metre handicap race that takes place each October at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse. Its prize purse of more than $3 million gives it the honour of being the richest handicap race over that distance in the world.