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2017 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

The highlight of the racing year is the Melbourne spring racing carnival in Melbourne, featuring quality group racing action from September to November.

melbourne-cupAustralia’s best gallopers head to Melbourne each spring to contest this country’s biggest feature races, including the most prestigious one of them all, the $6,200,000 Group 1 Melbourne Cup, on the first Tuesaday in November.

The 2017 Melbourne Cup is set to light up Flemington racecourse on Tuesday 7th November 2017, with a huge crowd expected to attend Australia’s greatest race day.

Early spring racing offers up a number of high class races with the first Group 1 race of the 2017 Melbourne spring racing carnival being the $400,000 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday 26th August 2017 at Moonee Valley racecourse.

Other major spring races include the $3,000,000 Group 1 Caulfield Cup on Saturday 21st October 2017 at Caulfield racecourse and the $3,000,000 Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate on Saturday 28th October 2017 at Moonee Valley.

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2017 Melbourne spring carnival feature races

Below you will find feature race dates for all Group 1, Group 2 & Group 3 races in Melbourne during the spring, courtesy of premier feature race website Horse Racing Info.

Caulfield – Saturday 2nd August 2017

Group 1 Memsie Stakes $400,000 1400m
Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes $150,000 1200m
Group 3 Cockram Stakes $150,000 1200m
Group 3 The Heath 1100 $150,000 1100m

Moonee Valley – Saturday 9th September 2017

Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes $250,000 1600m
Group 2 McEwen Stakes $200,000 1000m

Flemington – Saturday 16th September 2017

Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes $400,000 1600m
Group 2 Danehill Stakes $200,000 1200m
Group 2 Lets Elope Stakes $200,000 1400m
Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality $200,000 1200m

Caulfield – Saturday 23rd September 2017

Group 3 Naturalism Stakes $150,000 2000m
Group 3 How Now Stakes $150,000 1200m

Moonee Valley – Friday 29th September 2017

Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes $450,000 1200m
Group 2 Stutt Stakes $200,000 1600m
Group 2 WH Stocks Stakes $200,000 1600m
Group 3 JRA Cup $200,000 2040m
Group 3 Champagne Stakes $150,000 1200m

Caulfield – Sunday 1st October 2017

Group 1 Underwood Stakes $400,000 1800m
Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes $400,000 1400m
Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude $200,000 1400m
Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude $175,000 1400m

Flemington – Saturday 7th October 2017

Group 1 Turnbull Stakes $500,000 2000m
Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes $200,000 1600m
Group 2 Gilgai Stakes $200,000 1200m
Group 2 Blazer Stakes $200,000 1400m
Group 3 The Bart Cummings $300,000 2500m

Caulfield – Saturday 14th October 2017

Group 1 Caulfield Guineas $1,000,000 1600m
Group 1 Thousand Guineas $500,000 1600m
Group 1 Caulfield Stakes $400,000 2000m
Group 1 Toorak Handicap $400,000 1600m
Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes $220,000 2400m
Group 2 Schillaci Stakes $220,000 1000m
Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes $150,000 1200m
Group 3 Northwood Plume Stakes $150,000 1200m

Caulfield – Wednesday 18th October 2017

Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes $120,000 1600m
Group 3 Ladies Day Vase $120,000 1600m

Caulfield – Saturday 21st October 2017

Group 1 Caulfield Cup $3,00,000 2400m
Group 2 Caulfield Sprint $220,000 1100m
Group 2 Tristarc Stakes $220,000 1400m
Group 3 Caulfield Classic $500,000 2000m
Group 3 David Jones Cup $150,000 2000m
Group 3 Moonga Stakes $150,000 1400m

Moonee Valley – Friday 27th October 2017

Group 1 Manikato Stakes $1,000,000 1200m

Moonee Valley – Saturday 28th October 2017

Group 1 WS Cox Plate $3,000,000 2040m
Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup $250,000 2500m
Group 2 Crystal Mile $220,000 1600m
Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic $220,000 1600m
Group 2 AAMI Vase $220,000 2040m
Group 3 Inglis Mile $150,000 1600m
Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes $150,000 1200m

Flemington – Saturday 4th November 2017

Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby $1,500,000 2500m
Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes $1,000,000 2000m
Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes $500,000 1200m
Group 1 Myer Classic $500,000 1600m
Group 2 Wakeful Stakes $250,000 2000m
Group 2 Salinger Stakes $250,000 1200m
Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes $200,000 1600m
Group 3 The Lexus Stakes $200,000 2500m
Group 3 Chatham Stakes $200,000 1400m

Flemington – Tuesday 7th November 2017

Group 1 Melbourne Cup $6,175,000 3200m
Group 3 Maybe Mahal Stakes $200,000 1400m
Group 3 Ottawa Stakes $100,000 1000m

Flemington – Thursday 9th November 2017

Group 1 Crown Oaks $1,000,000 2500m
Group 3 Begonia Belle Stakes $150,000 1100m
Group 3 Red Roses Stakes $150,000 1100m

Flemington – Saturday 11th November 2017

Group 1 Emirates Stakes $1,000,000 1600m
Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic $1,000,000 1200m
Group 2 Matriarch Stakes $250,000 2000m
Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes $200,000 2600m
Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate $150,000 1000m

Sandown – Saturday 18th November 2017

Group 2 Sandown Classic $350,000 2400m
Group 2 Sandown Guineas $350,000 1600m
Group 3 Sandown Stakes $150,000 1400m
Group 3 Eclipse Stakes $150,000 1800m
Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes $135,000 1200m
Group 3 Summoned Stakes $135,000 1600m

Spring racing in Melbourne is conducted at Flemington, Caulfield, Moonee Valley and Sandown racecourses.

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