Ladies in RAC­ING Mag­a­zine Let­ters

With the worst of Win­ter be­hind us and a hint of Spring in the air, each year Aus­tralians turn their col­lec­tive at­ten­tion to one of the high­lights of Vic­to­ria’s sport­ing and so­cial cal­en­dar, the Spring Rac­ing Car­ni­val.

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The sound of hooves thud­ding against the turf at some of the world’s most iconic race­tracks is mu­sic to the ears of Mel­bur­ni­ans. Each year an­other chap­ter is writ­ten in Vic­to­rian rac­ing’s rich tapestry, and the next in­stal­ment is just around the cor­ner. In case you hadn’t heard, the races are call­ing. Spread over three months of heart-stop­ping ac­tion, the Spring Rac­ing Car­ni­val takes in more than 130 race meet­ings across Vic­to­ria, of­fer­ing in ex­cess of $80 mil­lion in prize­money and bonuses. Start­ing with the $1 mil­lion Mem­sie Stakes at Caulfield on Satur­day, 1 Septem­ber and car­ry­ing right through to the Bal­larat Cup at the end of Novem­ber, the 2018 Spring Rac­ing Car­ni­val will see some of the world’s finest equine ath­letes cre­at­ing mem­o­ries which will last a life­time. Caulfield, Flem­ing­ton and Moonee Val­ley form a heavy­weight trio of metropoli­tan rac­ing the­atres, while Vic­to­ria’s 67 coun­try clubs pro­vide a rich sup­port cast. Ev­ery story needs a star and this year Winx, the world’s best race­horse, is set to fill that role as the won­der mare aims for an un­prece­dented fourth straight win in the $5 mil­lion Lad­brokes Cox Plate. Not since Black Caviar has Aus­tralia pro­duced such a cham­pion of the turf, with Winx tran­scend­ing rac­ing and touch­ing the lives of peo­ple across the coun­try. Moonee Val­ley is al­ready close to sell­ing out for its show­piece oc­ca­sion on Satur­day, 27 Oc­to­ber, so the scene is set for an­other block­buster. Be­fore then, the Stella Ar­tois Caulfield Cup Car­ni­val will again pit some of Aus­tralia’s great­est thor­ough­breds against the best from over­seas across two thrilling race days. Start­ing with the Caulfield Guineas meet­ing on Satur­day, 13 Oc­to­ber, and cul­mi­nat­ing one week later with the world’s rich­est turf hand­i­cap over 2400m, worth a cool $5 mil­lion, this year’s Caulfield Cup Car­ni­val will carry a Mal­ibu theme, bring­ing Cal­i­for­nia cool to Mel­bourne. The Lexus Mel­bourne Cup will bring the na­tion to a stand­still on Tues­day, 6 Novem­ber, as 100,000 race­go­ers – and mil­lions more on TV world­wide – hold their col­lec­tive breath for three min­utes of pure sport­ing drama.

Twenty-five years af­ter Ir­ish raider Vin­tage Crop be­came the first in­ter­na­tional to leave Mel­bourne with the Mel­bourne Cup in his lug­gage, a whole host of horses from across the globe will again con­verge on Flem­ing­ton to com­pete for record prize­money of $7.3 mil­lion.

Whilst elite rac­ing is the cen­tral theme, the Spring Rac­ing Car­ni­val is about much more than just horses and jock­eys. Whether you are in­ter­ested in back­ing a win­ner, lis­ten­ing to the lat­est bands or en­ter­ing the style stakes in a mar­quee, the Car­ni­val has some­thing for ev­ery­one. The worlds of sport, en­ter­tain­ment, fash­ion and food col­lide in the unique spec­ta­cle that is the Spring Rac­ing Car­ni­val.

For tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion, visit www.springrac­ing­car­ni­

Hugh Bow­man cel­e­brates with the crowd af­ter rid­ing Winx to her third Cox Plate win.

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