With winter behind us and spring in the air, Australians turn their attention to one of the highlights of Victoria’s sporting and social calendar.
Opening with the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on 1 September and closing with the Ballarat Cup at the end of November, the 2018 Spring Racing Carnival will showcase some of the globe’s greatest equine athletes.
The star player is Winx, who is aiming for an historic fourth win in the $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate. The scene is set for another blockbuster, with The Valley close to selling out for its showpiece on 27 October.
Before then, the Malibu-themed Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival will bring some California cool to Melbourne, culminating on 20 October with the world’s richest turf handicap over 2400m, the $5 million Caulfield Cup.
The $7.3 million Lexus Melbourne Cup will bring the nation to a standstill on 6 November, as 100,000 racegoers – and millions more watching around the world – hold their breath for three minutes of sporting drama.
Whilst racing is the central theme, the Spring Racing Carnival is about more than horses and jockeys as the worlds of sport, entertainment, food and fashion collide in a unique spectacle.
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