Major Horse Racing Events in Australia
There are a few major horse racing events all Australians look forward to. Read more about them here!
Run over 3.2km at Flemington in November, the Melbourne Cup draws audiences the world over for the most prestigious race in Australia - the “race that stops a nation”. Nearly 100,000 people attend the race each year, which is the richest two-mile handicap in the world.
While it doesn’t have the history of the Melbourne Cup, with its first running only in 2017, The Everest is the richest race in Australia with prize money of $10 million. The Everest mirrors the Pegasus World Cup in its entry scheme, with entrants purchasing a berth in the race and then either racing their own horse or negotiating with other owners to enter their horse, as James Harron did with the owners of winner Redzel last year.
Queen Elizabeth Stakes
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a 2km thoroughbred race held at Randwick, and in 2014 became the most expensive weight-for-age race in Australia, with prize money of $4 million. The race is one of the most prestigious in the world and was won in 2017 by the outstanding mare and hall of famer Winx.