Sydney Spring Racing Carnival

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While not as famous as its Victorian counterpart – the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival – each year from August to October the top tracks in New South Wales host elite level racing for the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Kicking off in early August with Missile Stakes Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse, the Sydney Spring Carnival features continue through until October when the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) rounds out top level racing in NSW for the season.

The opening Group 1 race meeting of the Sydney Festival of Spring Racing is Golden Rose Stakes Day held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in September. The $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) for three-year-olds is one of the major features of the carnival.

The biggest day during the festival runs at Randwick in early October when Epsom Handicap DayM hosts three Group 1 races giving punters some top action to enjoy a bet on before focusing on the Melbourne Group 1s.

Major Race Days – See below for the full breakdown of the major Group 1 Race Days held throughout the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Missile Stakes Day

Feature Races – Randwick Racecourse:

  • $150,000 Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m)
  • $100,000 Listed The Rosebud (1200m)

Missile Stakes Day held on a Saturday in early August is the first big race meeting leading up to the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival Group 1s with sprinters facing off under weight-for-age conditions in the Missile Stakes and the Golden Rose-bound three-year-olds racing in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m).

San Domenico Stakes Day

Feature Races – Rosehill Racecourse:

  • $125,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m)

Rosehill hosts the first of its Group Spring Carnival meetings in mid-August with a field of returning three-year-olds facing off on way to bigger assignments over the coming weeks. Genuine superstars have won the race including Japonisme (2015) who went on to win Flemington’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) that Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Warwick Stakes Day

Feature Races – Randwick Racecourse:

  • $175,000 Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m)
  • $175,000 Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m)
  • $125,000 Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m)
  • $125,000 Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m)
  • $125,000 Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m)

Warwick Stakes Day traditionally runs on the third Saturday in August at Randwick and is headlined by two Group 2 races. The WFA Warwick Stakes features a field of horses heading towards the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) back at the track the following month, while the Silver Shadow Stakes is a race for three-year-old fillies targeting the Princess Series of Races including the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) in October.

The Run To The Rose Day

Feature Races – Rosehill Gardens:

The Run To The Rose Day is host to the traditional Group 2 lead-up into the coveted $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m), the autumn’s richest Sydney race for 3YOs held in September back at Rosehill Gardens. From 2012 – 2015 all four Golden Rose winners came via the Run To The Rose including Hallowed Crown (2014) and Exosphere (2015) who both completed the double.

Chelmsford Stakes Day

Feature Races – Randwick Racecourse:

Chelmsford Stakes Day in early September hosts three Group 2 races including the weight-for-age Chelmsford Stakes contested over the mile and contested by George Main Stakes-bound gallopers. Lonhro (2003) was the last horse to complete the Chelmsford Stakes – George Main Stakes double without another run in between. The three-year-old fillies continue on the Princess Series in the Furious Stakes, while the Tramway Handicap hosts gallopers looking at a possible Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) run at Randwick in October.

Golden Rose Stakes Day

Feature Races – Rosehill Racecourse:

  • $1 000,000 Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m)
  • $200,000 Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m)
  • $125,000 Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m)
  • $125,000 Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m)

The first of the major Sydney Spring Racing Carnival meetings is Golden Rose Stakes Day in mid-September, the action headlined by the season’s top three-year-olds doing battle in the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).

Newcastle Cup Day

Feature Races – Newcastle Racecourse:

  • $175,000 Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m)
  • $150,000 Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m)
  • $125,000 Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m)
  • $125,000 Group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m)

Newcastle Gold Cup Day at Broadmeadow Racecourse is the only stand-alone Sydney Spring Racing Carnival feature race day held outside of Rosehill Gardens or Royal Randwick. It is headlined by the stayers facing off in the Newcastle Gold Cup, one of the most famous winners of which was Green Moon (2011) who won the following year’s Melbourne Cup.

George Main Stakes Day

Feature Races – Randwick Racecourse:

  • $500,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1200m)
  • $200,000 Group 2 Hill Stakes (1600m)
  • $200,000 Group 2 The Shorts (1100m)
  • $175,000 Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m)
  • $125,000 Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m)

The next Group 1 race meeting of the carnival runs at Randwick in September with the milers facing off in the $500,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) won by the likes of Kermadec (2015), Sacred Falls (2014), Streama (2013) and More Joyous (2010) in recent years.

Golden Pendant Day

Feature Races – Rosehill Racecourse:

  • $400,000 Group 2 Golden Pendant Stakes (1400m)
  • $200,000 Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m)
  • $175,000 Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m)
  • $200,000 Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m)
  • $125,000 Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m)

Golden Pendant Day may not host any Group 1 races but there is $400,000 in prize money on offer in the day’s Group 2 feature for the fillies and mares, the Golden Pendant previous known as the Research Stakes. Also good money on offer in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) for the three-year-old staying types that often continue onto Melbourne’s Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Epsom Handicap Day

Feature Races – Randwick Racecourse:

  • $1 000,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m)
  • $750,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m)
  • $500,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m)
  • $200,000 Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m)
  • $175,000 Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m)
  • $125,000 Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m)

Epsom Handicap Day run on the first Saturday in October is the biggest and richest meeting of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival featuring three Group 1 races. The $1 million Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) hosts the season’s best milers and Sydney’s two top trainers Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse have dominated the event over the past decade. The stayers do battle in The Metropolitan over the mile-and-and-half, a number going on to contest Melbourne’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) later in the month, while the Princess Series comes to its peak with the Flight Stakes over the mile for the fillies.

Spring Champion Stakes Day

Feature Races – Randwick Racecourse:

The last of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival feature meetings, the day is headlined by the three-year-old stayers running over 2000m in the Spring Champion Stakes, many coming off a lead-up run in the Gloaming Stakes at Rosehill the month before.