The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is undoubtedly the biggest racing carnival in Australia. It is home to some of the richest races this great brown land can muster and is a great showcase for local and international talent.
The Spring Racing Carnival is held during October and November, conveniently nestled between the end of the AFL season and the beginning of the summer of cricket in Australia, so punters are never short of something to have a flutter on. We are Aussies, we need sport to gamble on all year round.
A collection of racing carnivals scattered around Melbourne and Geelong in Victoria combine to create the Spring Racing Carnival.
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Major Spring Carnival races
The Spring Carnival is home to some of the most iconic horse races in Australia, if not the world. The Caulfield Cup, the Melbourne Derby, the Caulfield Guineas, the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup are all highlights of the Spring Carnival’s calendar.
Listed below are some of the most notable races during the Spring Carnival, their location, what sort of race it is and the prize money available during 2017. The list descends in chronological order.
Memsie Stakes: Held at Caulfield, the Memsie is a weight for age race over 1400m and has a total prize pool of $400,000.
Makybe Diva Stakes: Held at Flemington, the Makybe Diva is also a weight for age race held over 1600m with total prize money of $400,000.
Turnbull Stakes: Held at Flemington and is a race for four year olds and over with set weights and penalties that is run over 2000m with a total prize money of $500,000.
Caulfield Guineas: Has a purse of over $1million and is held over 1600m. The Thousand Guineas ($500K, 1600m), Caulfield Stakes ($400K 2000m), Toorak Handicap ($400K, 1600m) are all held on Caulfield Guineas Day at Caulfield Racecourse.
Caulfield Cup: Held at Caulfield Racecourse over a distance of 2400m. It has prize money totaling $3,000,000 and is an open handicap race. The Caulfield Cup is considered a great pathway for horses to qualify for the Melbourne Cup.
WS Cox Plate: Held at Moonee Valley racecourse, it is a weight for age race held over a distance of 2040m with a total prize kitty of $3,000,000.
Victoria Derby: A 2500m set weight race for three year old’s. It is held at Flemington racecourse and has prize money totaling $1.5 million.
Melbourne Cup: Held at Flemington racecourse. It is the richest race in Australia with $6.175 million worth of prize money up for grabs. It is open to three year old’s and over and is an open handicap. Run over 3200m the Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation.
Crown Oaks: Held at Flemington, and is a race for three year old’s with set weight. It is run over 2500m and boasts $1 million in prize money.
Emirates Stakes: The Emirates Stakes is raced over 1600m, with it held at Flemington race course. The VRC Sprint Classic, held on the same day, is considered to be one of the premier sprint races in Australia.
Best bookies to claim freebets with during the Spring Carnival
When having a bit of a punt on the races, especially the Spring Racing Carnival, we trust our action with the following bookies. Not only because of their reputation for player safety and security but the great odds they offer as well as the bonuses and promotions they offer their customers too.
How to cash in on Spring Carnival betting bonuses?
If you are new to online bookies every operator offers a sign up bonus for new customers. This usually comes in the form of matched deposit bonuses or bonus bets upon your first deposit and bet with them. Be sure to read the terms and conditions of your bonuses. Most bonuses can be used on horse races.
Most bookies have a protest payout these days which means if you have a win only bet on a horse that is first or second past the post but the winner eventual loses due to a protest both horses are paid at their winning odds.
Outside of that check each of your bookie accounts’ promotions page every day of the Spring Carnival to see if your bookie is offering some of the following promotions:
- Inflated odds on a selected race throughout the Spring Carnival.
- If your win only horse is second or third past the post you receive your money back up to a certain amount.
- Welcome package – when you join a bookie they may give you a bonus for becoming a member
- App downloads: With plenty of laws clamping down on freebet promotions, bookies often give you a bonus for downloading their app in Australia
Am I entitled to a bonus?
Some bonuses and promotions are not available to residents of Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia or South Australia due to those states’ gambling laws relating to the promotion of gambling.
The laws surrounding these bonus bets are usually to do with enticing you to sign up. Generally the bookie is still allowed to offer you the same deal if you are already a member, so it pays to be ready for the spring to roll around, by opening multiple betting accounts at different bookies.
Check the terms of conditions of each promotion or bonus to ensure you are eligible.