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