Spring Racing Carnival
Sept through to November...
The Carnival takes in many races, but is renowned for three Group one jewels; the BMW Caulfield Cup, the Sportingbet Cox Plate and the Emirates Melbourne Cup.
The BMW Caulfield Cup - the world's richest 2400m handicap - is considered the key lead-up race to the Emirates Melbourne Cup. The Sportingbet Cox Plate, run over the unique distance of 2040 metres in front of 40,000 fans at Moonee Valley, is an attractive feature for Weight-For-Age horses.
The final of the ‘Big Three' is the Emirates Melbourne Cup, a 3200 metre handicap run at Australia's most famous racecourse, Flemington. Dubbed, 'the race that stops a nation™' it garners the type of public support most feature races can only dream of, with crowds in excess of 100,000.
As well as these three world-class events, an additional 51 races carry prize money of more than $200,000,000 including seven worth $1 million or more.
Looking for the best accommodation near the Spring Racing Carnival to unwind after a big day at the track? Hotel 115 Kew is the place to stay.