Sydney Spring Racing Carnival 2019

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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 originally only went through until October when the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) rounded out top level racing in NSW for the season.

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The $14 million The Everest in October at Royal Randwick is now the world’s richest turf race.

In a bid to attract some of the spring racing attention from their interstate rivals in Melbourne, Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club (ATC) recently created a new-look The Everest Carnival worth $45 million in prize money over six weeks!

There are now 11 seven-figure Sydney races held during the spring starting with Golden Rose in late September and going through until the $1 million The Gong (1600m) held at Kembla Grange in late November.

The $14 million The Everest (1200m) is now the world’s richest turf race and runs at Royal Randwick on a Saturday in mid-late October, the same day Melbourne is host to the $5 million Caulfield Cup.

There are a number of other very lucrative Special Condition races like The Everest that do not hold Group race status but that form a key focus of the spring.

Among these are the $7.5 million The Golden Eagle (1500m) run at Rosehill in early November for four-year-0ld gallopers on the same day as Flemington’s three-years-old feature – the Victoria Derby.

On The Everest Day, Randwick is also now home to the world’s richest race for country-trained horses with the $1.3 million The Kosciuszko for NSW country-trained gallopers.

The opening Group 1 race meeting of the Sydney Festival of Spring Racing is now Winx Stakes Day with the $500,000 feature race recently upgraded.

Golden Rose Stakes Day held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse follows in September. The $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) for three-year-olds is one of the major features of the carnival having previously been the first elite level Sydney race for the spring.

The biggest day during the festival in terms of Group 1 racing (not prize money) runs at Randwick in early October when Epsom Handicap Day features three Group 1 races giving punters some top action to enjoy a bet on before focusing on the Melbourne Group 1s.

Sydney Spring Racing Carnival: Seven-Figure Races

Golden Rose Stakes

The Golden Rose Stakes is the feature three-years-old race held at Rosehill Gardens in the spring offering $1 million in prize money. The set weights classic has been won by many champion youngsters, plenty of which continue onto other elite level spring races like the Caulfield Guineas or Coolmore Stud Stakes in Melbourne.

  • Track: Rosehill
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Prize: $580,000
  • First Run: 1978
  • Reigning Champion: The Autumn Sun (2018)

Epsom Handicap

The Epsom Handicap is the headline mile race of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and takes place on the same day as the Group 1 The Metropolitan for stayers and the Group 1 Flight Stakes for three-year-old fillies. The time-honoured classic has been won by the likes of Winx (2015) and Hartnell (2018) in recent years.

  • Track: Randwick
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Prize: $580,000
  • Sponsor: TAB
  • First Run: 1865
  • Reigning Champion: Hartnell (2018)

Spring Champion Stakes

The Spring Champion Stakes has recently doubled in prize money to $1 million and the three-years-old feature attracts quality youngsters with staying potential looking at a potential Melbourne run in the VRC Derby. Monaco Consul (2009) however was the last to do the Spring Champion – Victoria Derby double.

  • Track: Royal Randwick
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Prize: $580,000
  • First Run: 1971
  • Reigning Champion: Maid Of Heaven (2018)

The Everest

The Everest is now the richest turf race in the world worth an unparalleled $14 million in 2019. The race began in 2017 and Redzel won the opening two editions of this Special Conditions feature. There are 12 slots available for connections to buy in The Everest field worth $600,000 each. The race has become one of modern day racing’s great success stories and now attracts international attention in the spring.

  • Track: Randwick
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Special Conditions
  • Prize Money: $14 million
  • First Run: 2019
  • Reigning Champion: Redzel (2017 & 2018)

The Kosciuszko 

The other feature race on The Everest Day is the $1.3 million The Kosciuszko open only to NSW country-trained horses. It is the richest race in the world for country-trained horses and members of the public can purchase tickets to own a potential share in a The Kosciuszko runner. The subsequent calcutta draw for The Kosciuszko is the biggest of its kind and hails back to old school bush racing traditions.

  • Track: Randwick
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties (NSW Country-trained horses only)
  • Status: Special Conditions
  • Prize Money: $1.3 million
  • First Prize: $685,000
  • First Run: 2018
  • Reigning Champion: Belflyer (2018)

Bondi Stakes

The Bondi Stakes is a new feature race for three-year-old gallopers and runs at Royal Randwick in late October on the same day as Melbourne’s iconic Cox Plate Day at The Valley. The event runs over a mile and serves as a nice follow-up in Sydney for Golden Rose Stakes horses looking for a little further distance.

  • Track: Royal
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Special Conditions
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Prize: $580,000
  • First Run: 2019
  • Reigning Champion: TBD

The Golden Eagle

The Golden Eagle is the newest feature race for four-year-old horses offering an incredible $7.5 million in prize money for the inaugural edition in 2019. It follows on from the ‘Golden’ name tradition of the Golden Slipper for 2YOs and the Golden Rose for 3YOs. Dubbed “The Golden Slam” there is a $5 million bonus for any horse that can win all three races during their 2 – 4 year old racing seasons. The lucrative event runs on the Saturday prior to Melbourne Cup Day on the same date as Flemington’s VRC Derby Day. 10% of The Golden Eagle prize money will be donated to charity.

  • Track: Rosehill
  • Distance: 1500m
  • Conditions: 4YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Special Conditions
  • Prize Money: $7.5 million
  • First Prize: $4.2 million
  • First Run: 2019
  • Reigning Champion: TBD

Winners Stakes

The Winners Stakes takes place for the first time in 2019 and is known as the Redzel Stakes. The feature will be renamed each spring in honour of the previous year’s The Everest winner, hence the 2019 Redzel Stakes after the back-to-back Everest wins by Redzel in 2017 and 2018. The $1 million Winners Stakes is the key support act on The Golden Eagle Race Day in early November.

  • Race Name 2019: Redzel Stakes
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens
  • Distance: 1300m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Special Conditions
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Prize: $580,000
  • First Run: 2019
  • Reigning Champion: TBD

Golden Gift

The Golden Gift is a race for two-year-olds first contested in 2015 and recently boosted to offer $1 million in prize money. Held on the same day as the Hot Danish Stakes, the juveniles’ feature is a 1100m sprint at Rosehill in early November and makes a nice lead-up to the following year’s $3 million Golden Slipper Stakes in the autumn.

  • Track: Rosehill Gardens
  • Distance: 1100m
  • Conditions: 2YOs – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Special Conditions
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Prize: $580,000
  • First Run: 2015
  • Reigning Champion: Tassort (2018)

The Hunter

The Hunter is a new $1 million metropolitan feature race contested on a stand-alone November race meeting at Newcastle Racecourse as part of the extended The Everest Carnival. The quality handicap event runs over 1300m and it is one of the richest Sydney races held outside of Randwick or Rosehill. The Hunter race is set to attract quality sprinters that may be backing-up out of The Everest or others staying on in Sydney instead of heading south to Melbourne for the Cup Carnival.

  • Track: Newcastle Racecourse
  • Distance: 1300m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Special Conditions
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Prize: $580,000
  • First Run: 2019
  • Reigning Champion: TBD

The Gong

The Gong proceeds The Hunter and is the final seven-figure Sydney Spring Racing Carnival feature taking place at Wollongong’s Kembla Grange track in late November. The first ever race of this status to run at the Illawarra course, The Gong is a mile (1600m) contest run under quality handicap conditions. Every other race on The Gong card is worth $125,000 making for a truly elite day of late spring racing action on the outskirts of Sydney.

  • Track: Kembla Grange (Wollongong)
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Special Conditions
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Prize: $580,000
  • First Run: 2019
  • Reigning Champion: TBD

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:

  • $200,00 Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m)
  • $140,000 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).

 

Winx Stakes Day

Feature Races – Randwick Racecourse:

  • $500,000 Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m)
  • $200,000 Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m)
  • $160,000 Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m)
  • $160,000 Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1100m)
  • $160,000 Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m)

Kicking off Group 1 racing for the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the recently upgraded Group 1 $500,000 Winx Stakes  is named in honour of champion mare Winx who took out the race in 2016 and 2017 when it was known as the Warwick Stakes before becoming a three-time champ in 2018.

Winx Stakes Day traditionally runs on a Saturday in late August at Randwick and is headlined by the weight-for-age Winx Stakes, which features a field of horses heading towards the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) back at the track the following month. The key support act is the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes, a race for three-year-old fillies targeting the Princess Series of Races including the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) in October.

San Domenico Stakes Day

Feature Races – Rosehill Racecourse:

  • $160,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m)
  • $160,000 Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m)
  • $160,000 Group 3 Premier’s Cup (1900m)

Rosehill hosts the first of its Group Spring Carnival meetings at the end of August with a field of returning three-year-olds facing off in the San Domenico Stakes 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. San Domencio Stakes Day is now also home to the recently upgraded Premier’s Cup, now a Group 3 event over 1900m for stayers, and the Ming Dynasty Quality that was previously held on Chelmsford Stakes Day.

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.

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 – 2016 all five Golden Rose winners came via the Run To The Rose including Hallowed Crown (2014), Exosphere (2015) and Astern (2016) who all completed the double.

Newcastle Cup Day

Feature Races – Newcastle Racecourse:

  • $200,000 Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m)
  • $160,000 Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m)
  • $160,000 Group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m)

Newcastle Gold Cup Day at Broadmeadow Racecourse was previously the only stand-alone Sydney Spring Racing Carnival feature race day held outside of Rosehill Gardens or Royal Randwick until the addition of the $1 million The Hunter (Newcastle) and $1 million The Gong (Wollongong) in 2019. 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 (1600m)
  • $500,000 Group 2 The Shorts (1100m)
  • $200,000 Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m)
  • $160,000 Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m)
  • $160,000 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. Of course the most famous recent George Main Stakes winner is three-time champion Winx, the world’s greatest racehorse saluting from 2016-18. Also on the card is The Shorts, now worth half-a-million-dollars, which serves as a key lead-up to the $14 million the Everest the following month.

 

Golden Rose Stakes Day

Feature Races – Rosehill Racecourse:

  • $1,000,000 Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m)
  • $400,000 Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m)
  • $200,000 Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m)
  • $200,000 Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m)
  • $200,000 Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m)
  • $140,000 Listed Heritage Stakes (1100m)

The first of the seven-figure Sydney Spring Racing Carnival majors runs on Golden Rose Stakes Day where the action headlined by the season’s top three-year-olds doing battle in the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m). Previously the Golden Rose Stakes was proceeded by another Rosehill meeting for Golden Pendant Stakes Day, but the two race cards were recently merged making for a bumper day at the Gardens!

Epsom Handicap Day

Feature Races – Randwick Racecourse:

Epsom Handicap Day run on the first Saturday in October is one of the biggest meetings 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:

Previously the last of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival feature meetings was Spring Champion Stakes Day before the addition of a host of Special Condition races offering huge prize money including The Everest were added to the program. 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, with the Group 1 now worth $1 million. The latest edition to the Spring Champion Stakes Day card is the $500,000 Silver Eagle race for four-year-olds on their way to the following month’s $7.5 million Golden Eagle race at Rosehill Gardens.

The Everest Day

The Everest Day is now the richest race card in Australia, the mid-October feature meeting at Royal Randwick headlined by the hugely successful $14 million The Everest (1200m). A race unlike any other down-under, The Everest is also the world’s richest race on turf and offers 12 slot holders the chance to select a sprinter to win them racing’s biggest prize. The Everest Day runs on the same day as Melbourne’s Caulfield Cup Day card and also features the world’s richest race for country-trained horses, the $1.3 million The Kosciuszko (1200m) open only to NSW country-trained gallopers.

Bondi Stakes Day

  • $1,000,000 Bondi Stakes (1600m)
  • $200,000 Group 3 The Nivison (1200m)
  • $200,000 Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m)
  • $140,000 Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m)

Bondi Stakes Day continues the lucrative Sydney Spring races with the $1 million Bondi Stakes race for three-year-olds. The mile feature is one of the newest events held in NSW this time of year and takes place on the same day as Melbourne’s iconic Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day card at The Valley.

Golden Eagle Day

Yet another multi-million dollar event takes place at Rosehill Gardens on the Saturday prior to Melbourne Cup Day with the sole four-years-old feature of the carnival – the $7.5 million Golden Eagle – stealing the show in Sydney. On the same day Melbourne hosts its VRC Derby Day card at Flemington to kick off the Cup Carnival, but plenty of the punters’ attention will be focused on the Golden Eagle following in the tradition of the Golden Slipper (2yos) and Golden Rose (3yos). Golden Eagle Day also features the $1 million Winners Stakes, which will be renamed each season in honour of the previous year’s The Everest winner. The inaugural Winners Stakes in 2019 runs as the Redzel Stakes.

Golden Gift Day

Run the Saturday following the Golden Eagle when Melbourne’s Cup Carnival is coming to a close, Golden Gift Day in Sydney is host to the $1 million Golden Gift sprint for two-year-olds. Also on the November race card is the Hot Danish Stakes worth half-a-million, a race previously known as the Breeders Classic and renamed in honour of classy mare Hot Danish.

The Hunter Day

  • $1,000,000 The Hunter (1300m)
  • $160,000 Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m)

The Hunter Day takes the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival action back out to Newcastle Racecourse with the running of the $1 million The Hunter handicap race for sprinters. Horses out of The Everest may try their hand at a consolation prize in The Hunter over 100m further making for a really exciting sprint event on the outskirts of Sydney. The Hunter race card now features the Group 3 Spring Stakes over the mile for three-year-olds, which was previously run earlier in the carnival on Newcastle Cup Day.

The Gong Day

After an incredible few months of top level racing and massive prize money things finally wind-up in Sydney for the spring out at Wollongong with Kembla Grange hosting the $1 million The Gong race for end-of-spring milers chasing the last of the big prize money.