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JANUARY RACES:

The Lightning Stakes Group One – FlemingtonThe Group 1, 1000-metre Lightning Stakes is a weight-for-age horse race that held annually every late January or late February at Melbourne’s Flemington racecourse, It is the first Group 1 event in the Melbourne horse racing calendar and it currently carries at total prize purse of $500,000.

The Hong Kong Classic Mile Group One – Hong KongOriginally a Group 3 race with the name Hong Kong Classic Trial, the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Mile was the traditional lead-up race for the Hong Kong Derby. Now, this race is carrying a Group 1 status since the 1999-2000 Hong Kong horse racing season. This race is held at the Sha Tin racecourse.

The Stewards Cup Group One – Hong KongThe Hong Kong Stewards Cup was first staged at the Happy Valley racecourse on May 22, 1954. Since then, it has become the first leg of the Hong Kong Triple Crown since the series was inaugurated during the 1991-1992 Hong Kong horse racing season. It is followed by the Hong Kong Gold Cup in February and the Hong Kong Champions and Chater Cup in late May or early June.

FEBRUARY RACES:

The CF Orr Stakes Group One – CaulfieldThe Group 1, 1400-metre CF Orr Stakes weight-for-age horse race is held annually every late January or early February at the Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. It currently carries a prize purse of $400,000. This race was first staged in 1925 at the Williamstown racecourse and it was sanction under weight-for-age conditions but with penalties.

The William Reid Stakes Group One – Moonee ValleyThe 1200-metre, Group 1 William Reid Stakes is an Australian horse race that is annually held every February at the Mooney Valley races in Melbourne. This sprint race is set under weight-for-age rules and has prize money of $500,000.

The Blue Diamond Stakes Group One – CaulfieldThe Blue Diamond Stakes is the top Victorian race for two-year-old horses. This 1200-metre, Group 1 race is held every February at the Caulfield racecourse as part of the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. This race is run under set weight conditions wherein colts and geldings must weigh 55.5 kilograms while fillies must weigh 53 kilograms.

The Oakleigh Plate Group One – CaulfieldThe 1100-metre, Group 1 Oakleigh Plate is an open handicap race that is held every February at the Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. It has a current prize purse of $350,000 and it was first staged in 1884 with Malua claiming the inaugural race. This race is the top handicap event of the Caulfield autumn racing carnival and it attracts top-notch sprinters.

The Futurity Stakes Group One – CaulfieldThe 1600-metre, Group 1 Futurity Stakes is a weight-for-age race that is held annually every late February or early March at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. Currently, it has a total prize money purse of $500,000.

The Hong Kong Gold Cup Group One – Hong Kong - The Hong Kong Gold Cup is a thoroughbred horse race that is held annually at the Sha Tin racecourse. It was first held in January 14, 1979 which coincided with the infancy of the Privately Purchased Horses scheme. This 2000-metre horse race is open to race horses of at least three years of age. This turf race had an original distance of 1800 metres. It has a current total prize purse of HK$8,000,000.

MARCH RACES:

The Australian Cup Group One – FlemingtonThe 2000-metre, Group 1 Australian Cup is a weight-for-age race that is held annually every March at the Flemington racecourse in Melbourne. This race takes place on Super Saturday which features seven group races including the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap and the Group 1 Australian Guineas. This race has total prize money of $1,000,000.

The Newmarket Handicap Group One – FlemingtonThe Newmarket Handicap is one of the oldest and most prestigious sprint races in Australia. This race was first held in 1874 at the Flemington Racecourse and it was won by Maid of Avenel. The Newmarket Handicap is one of the highlights of the Flemington Festival of Racing and it is held during the second weekend of March.

The Australian Guineas Group One – Flemington – The Australian Guineas is one of the newest Group 1 races in Australian horse racing. It was first held in 1986 and the inaugural race was won by True Version. It started as a Group 3 race but it was elevated to Group 1 status in 1987. Throughout the years, the race distance of the Australian Guineas has changed as well. From 1986 to 1997, the race distance of the Australian Guineas is at 1600 metres.

The Chipping Norton Stakes Group One – Warwick FarmThe Chipping Norton Stakes was first held in 1925 with Wallace Mortlake winning the inaugural race. Back then, it was still a principal race and it was held over ten furlongs or about 2000 metres. In 1980, the race was elevated to Group 2 status and it became a Group 1 race in 1986. The race distance also changed from ten furlongs to 2100 metres in 1972 following Australia’s conversion to the metric system.

Randwick Guineas Group One – Randwick -Officially, the Randwick Guineas started in 2006 and it replaced the old Canterbury Guineas that was staged since 1935. Originally, the race distance of the Canterbury/Randwick Guineas is nine furlongs and the inaugural race was won by Hadrian.

The Coolmore Classic Group One – RosehillThe Coolmore Classic is an exclusive race for mares and fillies and it dates back to 1973. Middle distance race horses will enjoy this race due to its distance of 1500 metres. As part of the Sydney Autum Racing Carnival, this Australian horse racing Group 1 race is a handicap race that is held every mid to late March each year at the Rosehill Races.

The Australasian Oaks Group One – MorphettvilleThe Australian Oaks is a set weights race for three-year-old fillies and it has a prize purse of AUD$250,000. This Group 1 race is held every April since 2006 and every May before that month. The Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide is the home course of the Australasian Oaks since it was first held in 1982 with Rose of Kingston winning the inaugural race.

The Robert Sangster Stakes Group One – MorphettvilleThe Robert Sangster Stakes is a set weights race for fillies and mares and it was first held in 1983 with Ranee’s Palace getting the inaugural victory. Back then, the race was classified as a Special race and it was still known as the Sweetenham Stud Stakes. It also had a race distance of 1200 metres. A lot has changed about the specifics of the race most especially the race name which was adopted in 2005.

The Rosehill Guineas Group One – RosehillThe Rosehill Guineas was first held in 1910 with Electric Wire winning the inaugural race. The race back then was held over seven furlongs or about 1400 metres and it was classified as a Principal race. The race would be elevated to Group 1 status in 1980 while the race distance was adjusted to nine furlongs or about 1800 metres in 1915. At present, this race has a prize pool of $500,000.

The Hong Kong Derby Group One – Hong KongThe Hong Kong Derby is a 2000-metre Thoroughbred horse race that is strictly for four-year-old horses. It is staged annually every mid-March at the Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong. It also is the highlight of the Hong Kong domestic racing calendar and it has a prize money purse of HK$16 million or approximately US$2 million.

APRIL RACES:

The Golden Slipper Stakes Group One – RosehillThe Golden Slipper Stakes is one of the most highly anticipated races early onto the Australian Horse Racing calendar. This Group 1 race is contested over 1,200 meters at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney, Australia. This race is exclusive for two-year-old race horses and its prize pool of about AUD$3.5 million is the biggest purse for an exclusive race for two-year-olds worldwide.

The Champagne Stakes – RandwickThe Champagne Stakes was first held in 1864 and it was won by Yattendon. This Group 1 Australian horse race is held over 1600 metres at the Royal Randwick Racecourse as the last major race for two-year-old races during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The BMW Stakes Group One – RosehillThe BMW Stakes was known by different names in the past such as the H.E. Tancred Stakes, the Tancred Cup and the Mercedes Classic. However, the race distance of this Group 1 Thoroughbred race has not changed much. Prior to 1973, the race distance was at 12 furlongs or about 2400 metres.

The George Ryder Stakes Group One – RosehillThe George Ryder Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age Australian horse race that started in 1973 with All Shot winning the inaugural race.

Queen Of The Turf Stakes Group One – RosehillThe Queen of the Turf Stakes is exclusively for fillies and mares and it is staged over 1500 metres at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse every April.

The AJC Australian Derby Group One – RandwickThe AJC Australian Derby is a race that is rich in history. This Group 1 race was first held in 1861 and was then known as the AJC Randwick Derby Stakes. The initial race was won by Kyogle, the grandson of legendary British race horse Touchstone. The race would undergo several name changes and in 1865, it was renamed to the AJC Australia Derby Stakes. That year, the race was won by Clove.

The AJC Australian Oaks Group One – RandwickThe AJC Australian Oaks was originally known as the Adrian Knox Stakes and the name change came in 1957. Also, the race was staged for over a mile during its inaugural edition until 1945. In 1946, the race distance was adjusted to ten furlongs or about 2000 metres.

The Sire Produce Stakes Group One – RandwickThe Sires Produce Stakes is one of the races included in the Australian Triple Crown for two-year-old race horses, the other races being the 1600 metre Champagne Stakes and the 1200-metre Golden Slipper Stakes.

The Doncaster Handicap Group One – RandwickThe Doncaster Handicap is one of the oldest handicap races in Australian Horse Racing History. It was first staged in 1866 and was won by Dundee. A year before, Dundee has won the Epsom Handicap, making him the first race horse to score an Epsom Handicap-Doncaster Handicap double. Since then, the race has become one of the most sought after handicap races in Australia.

The AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Group One – RandwickThe AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes was first held in 1851 and it was known back then as the Queen’s Plate. During its maiden run, they Queen Elizabeth Stakes had a race distance of 24 furlongs or about 4800 metres.

The Sydney Cup Group One – RandwickThe Sydney Cup is one of the longest horse races in Australian horse racing in terms of distance. This Group 1 race which is held at the Randwick Racecourse is contested over 3200 metres during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Thoroughbreds contest for the top share of the $400,000 prize purse and this race is ideal for horses that excel in long-distance races.

MAY RACES:

The Doomben Cup Group One – DoombenThe Doomben Cup is a weight for age race that was first held in 1933. During the inaugural race, Pentheus got the victory in a race that was then held over ten furlongs or about 2000 metres.

The Doomben 10,000 Group One – DoombenThe Doomben 10,000 is a sprint race that is contested over 1350 metres at the Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane. The race was first held in 1933 and the initial race was won by Wallen. Back then, the race had a distance of six furlongs which is approximately 1200 metres. Also, the race was then known as the T.M Ahearn Memorial.

JUNE RACES:

TJ Smith Stakes Group One – RandwickThe TJ Smith Stakes is a relatively new Group 1 Australian horse race for it was first staged in 1997. During the first staging of the race, it was then known as the Endeavour Stakes and it was just a Listed race back then.

The Stradbroke Handicap Group One – Eagle FarmThe Stradbroke Handicap is a middle-distance race that is held over 1400 metres of the Eagle Farm Racecourse. Among all the horse races during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, this open handicap race has the highest prize purse which amounts to $1 million. The Stradbroke Handicap is annually held every June and punters highly anticipate the outcome of this race.

Winter Stakes Group One – Eagle Farm - One of the more famous Australian winter horse races, the Winter Stakes was first staged in 1989 and it is the last Group 1 race in the Australian horse racing calendar. It is held every June at the Eagle Farm racecourse at the final race day of the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

JULY RACES:

Emirates Singapore Derby – SingaporeThe Singapore Derby is one of the top horse races that is held annually at the Kranji Racecourse in Singapore every mid-July. This race is staged left-handed on turf and is contested over 2400 metres of 1.24 miles or 10 furlongs. The race is open to four-year-old race hoses only.

AUGUST RACES:

The Golden Rose Group One – RosehillThe Golden Rose Stakes is a Group 1 horse race that is stage over 1400 metres at the Rosehill racecourse in Sydney every late August or early September. This set weight event for three-year-old race horses has a prize purse of $1,000,000.

SEPTEMBER RACES:

Manikato Stakes Group One – Moonee ValleyThe Manikato Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race that is staged over 1200 metres of the Moonee Valley racecourse. It is held during the Melbourne spring racing carnival on the Friday before the AFL Grand Final. This race is also held at the same day as the Group 2 Stutt Stakes.

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Group One – CaulfieldAlso known as the Invitation Stakes, the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a 1400-metre Group 1 open handicap race which is staged every September at the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.

The Underwood Stakes Group One – CaulfieldThe Underwood Stakes is the first Group 1 race of the Melbourne Spring Racing carnival. This 1800-metre race is held every September at the Caulfield racecourse and it is participated by the best middle distance race horses in Australia.

George Main Stakes Group One – RandwickThe George Main Stakes is a Group 1 Australian Thoroughbred weight-for-age horse race that is held annually during the later part of September at the Randwick racecourse. This 1600-metre Group 1 event that is part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival has a 2009 prize pool of AUD$300,000.

The Kranji Mile Group One – Singapore - The Kranji Mile is a Group One race that is held every third week of October at the Kranji Racecourse in Singapore. It is staged on a turf course for about eight furlongs of 1600 metres. This race is staged left-handed and race horses aged three and above can compete in this race.

OCTOBER RACES:

Turnbull Stakes Group One – FlemingtonThe Turnbull Stakes is a Group 1 horse race that is held every October at the Flemington racecourse. This 2000-metre race is part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is staged under set weight conditions. In 2009, it carried a prize pool of $500,000 with Efficient winning the race.

Epsom Handicap Group One – RandwickThe Epsom Handicap is a Group 1 horse race which is a part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. This Australian thoroughbred race is contested over 1600 metres at the Randwick Racecourse. In 2009, it had a prize pool of $350,000 and it was won by Gai Waterhouse’s Rock Kingdom.

Flight Stakes Group One – Randwick – The Flight Stakes is a Group 1 Australian horse race which is held annually at the Randwick racecourse every October during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. This 1600-metre race is open for three-year-old fillies and it is staged under set weight rules. In 2009, this race which is part of the Epsom Handicap Day had a prize pool of $300,000.

Spring Champion Stakes Group One – Randwick – The Spring Champion Stakes is a 2000-metre major horse race for three-year-olds. It is held annually during the Epsom Handicap Day in October at the Randwick racecourse. This Group 1 race has a prize pool of $300,000 and is staged under set weight rules.

The Metropolitan Handicap Group One – Randwick -The Metropolitan is a 2400-metre Group 1 handicap horse race that is held every October at the Randwick racecourse in Sydney. This race is part of the Epsom Handicap day which also features the 1600-metre Epsom Handicap, the 2000-metre Spring Champion Stakes for three-year-olds and the 1600-metre Flight Stakes for three-year-old fillies.

The Caulfield Guineas Group One – CaulfieldThe Caulfield Guineas is one of the classic Group 1 races in the Australian horse racing calendar. It is held over 1600 metres of the Caulfield racecourse every year during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in October.

The Yalumba Stakes Group One – CaulfieldAlso known as the Caulfield Stakes, the Yalumba Stakes is a 2000-metre Group 1 race which is held every October at the Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It is staged under weight-for-age rules and it carries prize money of $400,000.

Toorak Handicap Group One – CaulfieldThe Toorak Handicap is a 1600-metre open handicap race that is annually held in October at the Caulfield racecourse as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. In 2009, it had a prize pool of $350,000 and it was won by Allez Wonder. Gold Salute and Rock Kingdom finished second and third respectively.

Thousand Guineas Group One – CaulfieldThe Thousand Guineas is a annual Group 1 horse race for three-year-old fillies that is staged at the Caulfield racecourse every October during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It has a race distance of 1600 metres and it has a total prize money pool of $500,000.

The Caulfield Cup Group One – CaulfieldBeing one of the richest handicap races in the world, the Group 1 Caulfield Cup is a 2400-metre race which is held at the Caulfield racecourse and has a total prize money pool of about $2.5 million. This race was first stage in 1879 and it was won by Newminister.

The Cox Plate Group One – Moonee ValleyTagged as the premier weight-for-age race in Australia and in Australasia, the WS Cox Plate is a 2040-metre race that is held every October at the Mooney Valley racecourse in Melbourne. This race is reserved for the best race horses and that is the reason why it is always won by a top thoroughbred.

The Myer Classic Group One – FlemingtonThe Myer Classic is a 1600-metre Group 1 race for Fillies and Mares which is held under weight-for-age rules. This race is held annually every November at the Flemington racecourse during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and it is one of two Group 1 events exclusively for fillies and mare in the entire Australian Horse Racing calendar.

The LKS Mackinnon Stakes Group One – FlemingtonThe Mackinnon Stakes is a 2000-metre Group 1 weight-for-age race that is held annually at the Flemington racecourse during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival every October. It is usually recognized as a vital lead-up race for the Melbourne Cup on the following Tuesday.

Coolmore Stud Stakes Group One – FlemingtonFormerly known as the Ascot Vale Stakes, the Coolmore Stud Stakes is a 1200-metre Group 1 horse race for three-year-olds which is held at the Flemington straight course. This set weight race is held annually every October during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. This race has a current prize money pool of more than $500,000.

AAMI Victoria Derby Group One – FlemingtonThe 2500-metre, Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby is one of Australian horse racing’s great classic races and it is the premier staying event at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival for three-year-old race horses.

The Raffles Cup Group One – SingaporeThe Raffles Cup is a 1800-metre Thoroughbred horse race that is annually held during the first week of November at the Kranji Racecourse in Singapore. This left-handed race is open to horses of at least three years of age.

NOVEMBER RACES:

The Melbourne Cup Group One – Flemington - The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s greatest race with Melbourne Cup betting on the two-mile handicap always well supported by both local punters and overseas punters. The race that stops a nation is the biggest race on the Australian horse racing calendar.

The Crown Oaks Group One – FlemingtonThe Crown Oaks is the premier event for three-year-old staying fillies that is held at the Flemington racecourse during the third day of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in November.

Patinack Farm Classic Group One – FlemingtonThe Patinack Farm Classic is the most prestigious Group 1 weight-for-age sprint race that is staged over 1200 metres of straight track at the Flemington racecourse during the Emirates Stakes Day of the spring racing carnival every November.

Emirates Stakes Group One – FlemingtonThe Emirates Stakes is the richest 1600-metre race in Victoria and it also is the most prestigious mile race at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. This race is held annually at the Flemington Racecourse.

The Railway Stakes Group One – AscotThe Group 1 Railway Stakes is regarded as the premiere race in Western Australian and it is contested by the best Australian horse racing mile racers. This race starts the Perth Summer Carnival as a Group 1 open handicap. This open handicap race has a total prize money pool worth $1,010,000 and is held at the Ascot racecourse.

Singapore Gold Cup Group One – Singapore - The Singapore Gold Cup is a 2200-metre Thoroughbred horse race that is annually held by the end of November at the Kranji Racecourse in Singapore. This Group One race is contested left-handed and is open to local race horses aged three years and up. This race is the third leg of the Singapore Triple Crown following the Kranji Mile and the Raffles Cup.

DECEMBER RACES:

The Kingston Town Classic Group One – AscotThe 1800-metre Kingston Town Classic is a Group 1 Australian thoroughbred horse race that was first staged in 1976. It was named after the Australian Racing Hall of Fame horse Kingston Town who won this race in 1982. This weight-for-age race is annually held every December at the Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia. It carries a prize money purse of $500,000.

The Hong Kong Cup Group One – Hong KongThe Hong Kong Cup is the richest 2000-metre turf race in the world and it has total prize money of HK$18,000,000 or $2,300,000. This Group 1 flat horse race is open to race horses aged three and up and it is staged annually on mid-December at the Sha Tin racecourse. It also is the final leg of the World Series Racing Championship and the first Hong Kong race to be included in the championship series.

The Hong Kong Mile Group One – Hong KongFrom its namesake, the Hong Kong Mile is run at the Sha Tin Racecourse for a distance of 1,600 metres or exactly one mile. It is one of the four international Hong Kong horse races and it is staged by mid-December.

The Hong Kong Vase Group One – Hong KongBeing the longest of the four international Hong Kong horse races, the Hong Kong Vase is ran over 2,400 metres of the Sha Tin turf Racecourse. This Group 1 flat horse stage was first staged in 1994 and since then, it has been held every mid-December. It currently has a prize purse of HK$14,000,000 or estimately US$1.8 million.

The Hong Kong Sprint Group One – Hong KongInaugurated in 1999, the Hong Kong Sprint is a Group 1 flat horse race for thoroughbreds aged three and above. Being one of the most awaited races in Hong Kong, this race is played out annually in mid-December for 1,200 metres or six furlongs at the Sha Tin Racecourse.

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