Feature Horse Races

Melbourne Cup

Often referred to as the “race that stops the nation” the Melbourne Cup is recognised as the pre-eminent thoroughbred race in Australia for three-year-olds and above. The cup is held at Flemington Racecourse. Renowned as the richest “two-mile” handicap internationally, the race attracts top thoroughbred horses from all over the world. With $6.2 million in prize money up for grabs, it’s the most prestigious race of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Every year there are approximately 300 to 400 horses which are nominated to run in this event, although out of this number only 24 are starters out of this field. If a horse has won specific races, such as in the previous year’s Melbourne Cup results, the Caulfield Cup or the Cox Plate, they automatically gain entry into the Melbourne Cup field. But the other horses have to go through a balloting process using a system that takes into account a wide variety of factors such as how much prize money each horse has earned over the past 2 years, as well as the wins or placings in certain lead-up races and the handicap weight which was allocated. The numerous European horses that contest the cup are known to have a poor record.

Many people choose to use the early spring carnival feature races as a guide to the horses’ form and the Melbourne Cup odds. Those with more superior form in other races, such as the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup, tend to be favoured to win when it comes to Melbourne Cup tips.

Melbourne Cup News

Golden Slipper

Held at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney, the Golden Slipper is worth $3.5 million in prize money and is open to two-year-olds. A sprint race, the Golden Slipper is run over a distance of 1200 metres. Known as the richest two-year-old race to be held internationally, access into the Golden Slipper field is highly sought after. There is automatic entry allocated to horses that have won races including Skyline Stakes, Magic Night Stakes, Pago Pago Stakes, Todman Stakes, Sweet Embrace Stakes, Silver Slipper Stakes and the Reisling Stakes.

The Golden Slipper has a capacity field of 16 starters. The other positions not gained automatically are decided by which of the nominated horses has accumulated the highest amount of prize money in their career so far. It’s also a set-weight race. With so many top horses in the race, the Golden Slipper Odds are always competitive and offer good windfalls if you’re lucky enough to bet on a win. A memorable fact about the Golden Slipper was that the sire of the winner of the first race, Star Kingdom, also sired the winners of the next four races.

Golden Slipper tips and previous Golden Slipper results can be found in the form guide. The form guide also covers preferred track conditions of the horses, jockeys, previous wins and a broad range of other crucial betting and race facts for punters. It also highlights which are the best odds and what racing strategies to employ.

Golden Slipper News

Cox Plate

A Group 1 thoroughbred race, the Cox Plate is held at the Moonee Valley Racecourse. The race is run in October annually and covers a distance of 2040 metres. With $3 million in prize money available, the Cox Plate is renowned for attracting some of the best weight-for-age horses to be found in Australia and New Zealand. The fourth richest horse race in Australia, the Cox Plate receives close to 200 nominations each year, as one of the most coveted horse racing titles.

With so many top thoroughbreds in the Cox Plate field, it’s known for having the strongest all-rounders to be found in Australian racing. The capacity race has a final field of 14 horses along with 4 emergencies that are on standby. As it’s a leading weight-for-age race, every horse has an equal opportunity to win, although with the tight turning circuit neither the horse or jockey can afford to make any mistakes.

By reading the Cox Plate Guide you’ll find out about all the lead-up events and previous Cox Plate results, which are crucial if you’re interested in taking a punt on this race. Based on the race conditions, form is the defining factor on which thoroughbred will win this race. There are Cox Plate tips and strategies available in the guide to assist you with horse selection. The guide also provides information on the jockey, earlier prize winnings and placements, as well as the best Cox Plate odds available for the race.

Cox Plate News

Caulfield Cup

One of Australia’s premier horse races, the Caulfield Cup is run over a distance of 2400 metres. The Group 1 thoroughbred race is open to horses from three years and above and offers $3 million in winnings, making it one of the richest handicap races in the world. The race is held at the Caulfield Racecourse annually in October and is one of the earlier races that make up the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Winners of the Caulfield Cup also gain automatic entry into the Melbourne Cup field. Generally, most of the horses to be nominated for the Melbourne Cup will also run in the Caulfield Cup.

Because of the superior class of horses running in the Caulfield Cup, the race is often used as a gauge for how the horses will perform in the Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate. This is also used to determine the Caulfield Cup odds. While hundreds of horses are nominated for a place in the Caulfield Cup, the race capacity is 18 runners and four emergency placements. The Caulfield Cup field has runners from all over the world and the final field is decided using a balloting system. The Caulfield Cup is similar to the Melbourne Cup, with all horses having a weight handicap based on their wins and accrued prize money.

Check out the Caulfield Cup form guide to discover previous Caulfield Cup results and information on the horses and jockeys. You’ll also get the latest Caulfield Cup tips.

Caulfield Cup News