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Anticipation and excitement fill the air.Farewell winter and welcome spring with open arms. It’s a time when the city comes alive. People have a bounce in their step and glint in their eye. Dreams become a reality.The Spring Racing Carnival has the racing that matters, where reputations are carved and legends are born. Stablehands rise with the sun and jockeys are motivated to push the boundaries of endurance. Trainers work relentlessly around the clock, preparing their horses for the big day.Amongst the fashion, food and social experience, the Spring Racing Carnival is the ultimate racing period for Group one thoroughbred racing in Australia. The event draws in the best from the international racing scene, all vying for the prestige of winning the major events including the BMW Caulfield Cup, William Hill Cox Plate and the Emirates Melbourne Cup. This is Australia’s greatest get together; it’s an opportunity for old friends to meet and new ones to form, to eat delicious, mouthwatering food and enjoy world class drinks. Soak up the atmosphere and witness the world’s best at the pinnacle of horse racing in Australia.
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