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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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The Melbourne Cup is undoubtedly one of the greatest events on Australia’s sporting calendar. It is known as the race that stops the nation for a good reason. The afternoon of the first Tuesday each November has become an unofficial public holiday – official in some places – where every office and work site pauses so everybody can gather around a television or radio to find out if they’re holding the winning ticket. There are people who only ever bet once a year and it’s always on this race.
The Golden Slipper breaks Melbourne’s monopoly on Australia’s greatest horse races, giving one of the year’s most anticipated events to Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. The Golden Slipper is a 1,200-metre sprint for two-year-olds, with a $3.5 million prize purse that makes it the richest two-year-old race in the world.
The Cox Plate is known as “the race where legends are born”. It has witnessed some of the greatest moments in Australian racing history, such as Phar Lap’s 1931 win that is still fondly remembered today. A more recent legendary moment was last year’s victory by Winx, claiming the title for the second year in the row on its way to being named the world’s greatest horse on turf by Longines. At the same recent award ceremony, Longines also ranked the Cox Plate as the best turf horse race in the world, splitting the honour with the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes. The Cox Plate is the only Southern Hemisphere race to be part of the prestigious World Series.
The Caulfield Cup is a Group 1 thoroughbred race that is run every October at the Caulfield Racecourse as one of the major opening acts of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It is one of the most prestigious races in Australia, beaten only by the Melbourne Cup. The 2,400-metre race has a prize purse of more than $3 million, which makes it the world’s richest handicap over that distance.