Australian Racing Tips & Betting Predictions

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Horse racing in Australia is big business and with racing carnivals spread throughout the year, there's never a lack of high-quality racing for punters.
With racing available to bet on every day of the year except Christmas Day, punters are spoilt for choice and we have coverage of all the major racing carnivals, including the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November.

Bettors from all around the world can bet on Australian racing and due to its high popularity, it doesn't matter where you live, watching Australian thoroughbred racing is easy.

Below are the major betting carnivals in Australia and the feature races on offer for punters.

The Championships

The Championships hasn't been around for very long but it features some of the biggest races in Sydney.

Held over consecutive Saturdays in April, The Championships shows off the best thoroughbreds in Australia and even some from around the world.

There are eight Group 1 races in total at Randwick, including the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Australian Derby.

The Championships Group 1 races:

Sydney Autumn Carnival

The Sydney Autumn Carnival takes place in March before The Championships and it acts as a lead-up series.

There is a total of 12 Group 1 races held at both Randwick and Rosehill, including the world's richest two-year-old race, the Golden Slipper.

Sydney Autumn Carnival Group 1 races:

  • Chipping Norton Stakes
  • Surround Stakes
  • Canterbury Stakes
  • Randwick Guineas
  • Coolmore Classic
  • The Galaxy
  • Rosehill Guineas
  • Ranvet Stakes
  • George Ryder Stakes
  • Golden Slipper
  • Vinery Stud Stakes
  • Tancred Stakes

Melbourne Autumn Carnival

The Melbourne Autumn Carnival isn't as big as its spring counterpart but there are some big-name races on the cards at Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley.

Two-year-old action is on show in the Blue Diamond Stakes and other feature races include the Australian Cup, Newmarket Handicap and Australian Guineas, which are all worth over $1 million.

Melbourne Autumn Carnival Group 1 races:

  • C.F. Orr Stakes
  • Lightning Stakes
  • Blue Diamond Stakes
  • Futurity Stakes
  • Oakleigh Plate
  • Australian Guineas
  • Newmarket Handicap
  • Australian Cup
  • William Reid Stakes

Adelaide Autumn Carnival

The Adelaide Autumn Carnival is a world-renowned racing carnival but it still features some quality Group 1 action in South Australia.

Held at Morphettville, the Adelaide Autumn Carnival features four Group 1 races across three consecutive weeks.

The Robert Sangster Stakes and The Goodwood are the featured Group 1 races held at Morphettville and they attract horses from all around Australia to compete for the $1 million prize.

Adelaide Autumn Carnival Group 1 races:

  • Australasian Oaks
  • Robert Sangster Stakes
  • South Australian Derby
  • The Goodwood

Brisbane Winter Carnival

The Brisbane Winter Carnival is one of the biggest racing carnivals in Australia, boasting eight Group 1 races over a five-week period.

New Zealand horses have a great record in the Sunshine State and although other international horses don't travel to Brisbane, it's still a highly-anticipated carnival.

It's popular due to the timing of the carnival. Racing dies down a touch in Melbourne and Sydney in the winter, but the Brisbane carnival allows trainers to set their horses for some wet-track racing.

Brisbane Winter Carnival Group 1 races:

  • Doomben 10,000
  • Doomben Cup
  • Kingsford-Smith Cup
  • Queensland Oaks
  • J.J. Atkins
  • Queensland Derby
  • Stradbroke Handicap
  • Tattersalls Tiara

Sydney Spring Carnival

The Sydney Spring Carnival runs from the Warwick Stakes in mid-August right through to The Everest in mid-October.

During that time there are seven other Group 1 races, including the Golden Rose and the $1 million Epsom Handicap.

The Everest caps off the carnival in fine style and the $13 million winner-take-all stake makes punters from all around the globe get excited about seeing the best sprinting superstars in Australia.

Sydney Spring Carnival Group 1 races:

  • Warwick Stakes
  • Memsie Stakes
  • George Main Stakes
  • Golden Rose Stakes
  • Flight Stakes
  • The Metropolitan
  • Epsom Handicap
  • Spring Champion Stakes
  • The Everest

Melbourne Spring Carnival

There are many great races during the Melbourne Spring Carnival as it gears towards the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate are two of the world's biggest thoroughbred horse races and the 11 total Group 1 races makes for an exciting and profitable carnival for punters.

Group 1 races are run at Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley, with the latter featuring two night racing Group 1 races.

Melbourne Spring Carnival Group 1 races:

  • Memsie Stakes
  • Moir Stakes
  • Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
  • Underwood Stakes
  • Turnbull Stakes
  • Toorak Handicap
  • Caulfield Stakes
  • Caulfield Guineas
  • Thousand Guineas
  • Caulfield Cup
  • Manikato Stakes
  • Cox Plate

Melbourne Cup Carnival

Punters love Melbourne Cup Week as it not only features the Melbourne Cup, but also seven other Group 1 races across one week of racing.

It starts out on Saturday with the four Group 1 races, including the Victoria Derby, and continues throughout the week with the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, Victoria Oaks on Thursday and the Emirates Stakes and Darley Classic on the following Saturday.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is not to be missed and the action at Flemington is unlike any other carnival in Australia.

Melbourne Cup Carnival Group 1 races: