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Group racing in Australia

Australia has the toughest group racing in the world with many of the world’s best sprinters currently plying their trade on our shores.

While the Melbourne Cup is regarded as the premier staying race in the world, much of the group 1 calendar is filled with quality races for our best sprinters.

There has been a growing push to have an increased amount of staying races, largely because hardened international horses have been dominating our wealthiest races held over 2000m. Many of the premier group races in Australia are held during the spring in Victoria with the Melbourne Cup Carnival being the pinnacle of racing in Australia.

Other big carnivals in Australia include the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast and The Championships, which features six group 1 races on the same card, on the same day. Racing NSW started this carnival and immediately have claimed it as Australia’s best and it is only getting better.

Group 1 races in Australia

Memsie Stakes Makybe Diva Stakes
Underwood Stakes Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
AJ Moir Stakes Turnbull Stakes
Caufield Guineas Thousand Guineas
Toorak Handicap Caulfield Stakes
Caulfield Cup Manikato Stakes
WS Cox Plate AAMi Victoria Derby
Longings Mile Coolmore Stud
Myer Classic Melbourne Cup
Crown Oaks Emirates Stakes
VRC Sprint Classic CF Orr Stakes
Lightning Stakes Blue Diamond Stakes
Futurity Stakes Oakleigh Plate
Australian Guineas Australian Cup
Newmarket Handicap William Reid Stakes
Queensland – Group 1 races
BTC Cup Doomben Cup
Queensland Oaks Stradbroke Handicap
Queensland Derby The TJ Smith
Winter Stakes
South Australian Group 1 races
Australasian Oaks Robert Sangster Stakes
SA Derby Goodwood
Western Australian Group 1 racing
Railways Stakes Winterbottom Stakes
Kingston Town Classic


Group 2 races in Australia

A D Hollindale Stakes A.V. Kewney Stakes
Adelaide Cup Ajax Stakes
Alister Clark Stakes Angus Armanasco Stakes
Apollo Stakes ATC Chairman’s Handicap
Australia Stakes Autumn Stakes
Blamey Stakes Blazer Stakes
Bobbie Lewis Quality BRC Sires Produce Stakes
Breeders’ Classic Brisbane Cup
Carlyon Stakes Caulfield Autumn Classic
Caulfield Sprint CB Cox Stakes
Challenge Stakes Champagne Classic
Chelmsford Stakes Crystal Mile
Dane Ripper Quality Danehill Stakes
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes Doomben Roses
Eagle Farm Cup Edward Manifold Stakes
Emancipation Stakes Euclase Stakes
Expressway Stakes Furious Stakes
Gilgai Stakes Golden Pendant
Herbert Power Stakes Hill Stakes
Hobartville Stakes Karrakatta Plate
Lee-Steere Stakes Let’s Elope Stakes
Light Fingers Stakes Magic Night Stakes
Matriarch Stakes McEwen Stakes
Millie Fox Stakes Missile Stakes
Moonee Valley Cup Moonee Valley Fillies Classic
Moonee Valley Oaks Moonee Valley Vase
Pago Pago Stakes PB Lawrence Stakes
Perth Cup Phar Lap Stakes
Premiere Stakes QTC Cup
Queen Of The South Stakes Queensland Guineas
Reisling Slipper Trial Roman Consul Stakes
Rose Of Kingston Stakes Royal Sovereign Stakes
Rubiton Stakes Run to the Rose
Salinger Stakes Sandown Guineas
Sapphire Stakes Schillaci Stakes
Shannon Stakes Silver Shadow Stakes
Silver Slipper Stakes Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
St George Stakes Stan Fox Stakes
Stutt Stakes Sunline Stakes
Surround Stakes Tea Rose Stakes
The Shorts Theo Marks Stakes
Thousand Guineas Prelude Todman Slipper Trial
Tramway Stakes Tristarc Stakes
Tulloch Stakes Victory Stakes
Villiers Stakes VRC Sires Produce Stakes
WA Guineas Wakeful Stakes
Warwick Stakes WATC Derby
WH Stocks Stakes Yallambee Stud Classic
Zipping Classic (Sandown Classic)



Group 3 races in Australia

AJ Scahill Stakes Angst Stakes
Asian Beau Stakes Aurie’s Star Handicap
Begonia Belle Stakes Belle Of The Turf Stakes
Belmont Sprint Bendigo Cup
Bill Ritchie Handicap BJ McLachlan Plate
Bletchingly Stakes BRC Sprint
Cameron Handicap Carbine Club Stakes
Caulfield Classic Caulfield Guineas Prelude
Chatham Stakes Cockram Stakes
Colin Stephen Quality Colonel Reeves Stakes
Concorde Stakes Craven Plate
CS Hayes Stakes Dark Jewel Classic
David Jones Cup Eclipse Stakes
Fred Best Classic Geelong Cup
George Moore Stakes Glenlogan Park Stakes
Gloaming Stakes Gold Coast Guineas
Grand Prix Stakes Hawkesbury Gold Cup
HDF McNeil Stakes How Now Stakes
Hyperion Stakes JRA Cup
Kevin Heffernan Stakes Kingston Town Stakes
Ladies Day Vase Lee Steere Classic
Lexus Stakes Lord Mayor’s Cup
Maribyrnong Plate Maybe Mahal Stakes
Ming Dynasty Quality Moonga Stakes
MVRC Champagne Stakes Naturalism Stakes
Newcastle Gold Cup Newcastle Spring Stakes
Northerly Stakes Ottawa Stakes
Premier’s Cup Prince Of Wales Stakes
Queen’s Cup Quezette Stakes
Red Anchor Stakes Red Roses Stakes
RJ Peters Stakes Roma Cup
San Domenico Stakes Sandown Stakes
Sheraco Stakes Show County Quality
Sir John Monash Stakes South Australian Fillies Classic
Sportingbet Sprint Series Final Spring Stakes
Standish Handicap Strickland Stakes
Summer Cup Summoned Stakes
Sunshine Coast Guineas Tattersall’s Cup
Tesio Stakes The Bart Cummings
The Heath 1100 The Nivison
Thoroughbred Club Stakes Tibbie Stakes
Toy Show Quality Up And Coming Stakes
Vain Stakes Vo Rogue Plate
WA Champion Fillies Stakes WJ Healy Stakes
Zeditave Stakes
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