Feature Horse Races

Melbourne Cup

It’s hard to find an Australian who hasn’t heard of the Melbourne Cup, the nation’s most important thoroughbred horse race. It happens on first Tuesday of November every year. The field features some of the planet’s finest horses and there’s $6.2 million in prize money up for grabs.

The distance of the Melbourne Cup is 3,200 metres. This distance is referred to as a ‘two mile’ and the Cup is the wealthiest, most prestigious two-mile handicap on Earth.

The Melbourne Cup’s home is the Flemington Racecourse, which is run by the Victorian Racing Club. Any horse that’s three years or older can enter. Every year, around 300 to 400 horses are nominated. However, only 24 are accepted into the Melbourne Cup field. The easiest way to get in is by winning particular races, including the Cox Plate, the Caulfield Cup or the Melbourne Cup, because this gives a horse automatic entry and exemption from the ballot.

Otherwise, horses can enter via a ballot. This assesses a horse’s entry based on several elements - from prize money accrued over the two previous years, handicap weight and performance in lead-up races, such as wins and placings.

One popular way to figure out the Melbourne Cup form guide before it is announced is by studying the feature races that take place early in the Spring Carnival. When horses do well in such events, which include the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate, they are more likely to feature in Melbourne Cup tips.

There’s an increasing number of European horses entering, which makes it necessary to study form lines widely. However, historically, European horses that don’t run in Australian lead-up races have low chances of appearing highly in Melbourne Cup results.

Melbourne Cup News

Golden Slipper

Where the Melbourne Cup race is two miles long, the Golden Slipper is a different story. It is a sprint event that can only be entered by two-year-olds and its home is the Rosehill Gardens, which you’ll find in Sydney, Australia.

The Golden Slipper Stakes are very generous, their value being $3.5 million dollars or more. These stakes make it the wealthiest race for two-year-olds on the planet. Its length is 1,200 metres (1.2 kilometres).

To work out Golden Slipper tips, it is a good idea to keep an eye on major races in the lead-up, such as the Group 2 Reisling Stakes and the Group 2 Todman Stakes. However, they are not the only way to guess the champion. In the last few years, the first place getter came from the Pago Pago Stakes or the Magic Night Stakes.

The Golden Slipper field is restricted to 16 starters. This small size means that entries are incredibly competitive. The most straight-forward way to qualify for the Golden Slipper field is automatically, by winning a major race, including the Silver Slipper Stakes, the Skyline Stakes, the Sweet Embrace Stakes, the Magic Night Stakes, the Todman Stakes, the Reisling Stakes or the Pago Pago Stakes.

Once the winners of all these events have been determined, any positions remaining in the Golden Slipper field are decided by total prize money. Basically, the horses that have earned the most prize money over the course of their careers get into the field. If you’re betting on the Golden Slipper, you can find all the Golden Slipper odds and Golden Slipper results you need right here.

Golden Slipper News

Cox Plate

In October every year, Melbourne’s Moonee Valley Racecourse hosts the Cox Plate, a thoroughbred race that falls into Group One. Of all the races in the country, it is the fourth wealthiest. There are 3 million bucks in prize money. The Cox Plate’s distance is 2,040 metres (2.04 kilometres).

In both Australia and overseas, the Cox Plate is often referred to as the weight-for-age Championship Of Australasia. This means that it attracts the finest weight-for-age starters from Australia and New Zealand. There’s no doubt that being the winner of the Cox Plate is a highly coveted status. Annually, there are almost 200 nominations. When you consider the entire Cox Plate field, it soon becomes obvious that it’s the best bunch of horses in the best race in Australian racing each year. In the end, the field is cut back to just 14 horses, alongside four emergency entries.

One unusual quality of the race is the nature of the Moonee Valley track. The circuit is really tight, so horses can’t afford to mess up the beginning. If they end up being stuck in the rear of the pack, they are unlikely to catch up over 2,040 metres.

Getting into the Cox Plate form guide is exciting because all lead-up races can play a role. When race day rolls around, there’s only one way to dominate Cox Plate tips and Cox Plate results, and that’s through form and class. Regardless of how a horse has performed before, Cox Plate tips are determined by how it measures up against the competition.

Cox Plate News

Caulfield Cup

Of all the handicap of 2,400 metres in the world, the Caulfield Cup is among the most prestigious and wealthiest. It is a Group One Race and it takes place annually at Caulfield Racecourse annually, during October, on the last day of the Caulfield Cup Carnival.

There are several events in Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival and the Caulfield Cup is one of the first. Horses are eligible if they are three years of age or more. They stand to take home a share of three million dollars. Another special aspect of the Caulfield Cup is that, by winning, a horse gets automatic entry into the Melbourne Cup. What’s more, most Melbourne Cup nominations also run in the Caulfield Cup. This is why a horse’s performance in the race is often considered a good basis for predicting its potential in later races, including the Melbourne Cup and the Cox Plate.

Year after year, there are hundreds of horses that try to land a spot in the Caulfield Cup field. However, only 18 - plus four emergency entries - make it. There’s usually a mix of starters from Australia and overseas.

At the end of the day, the Caulfield Cup field is worked out through a ballot. All nominees get a number, telling them where they rank. Similarly to the Melbourne Cup, the event involves a handicap. So, every single horse is given a particular weight to bear. There’s a variety of justifications for its amount, from total prize money to recent wins. The idea behind this system is the creation of a level field and opportunities for horses that haven’t run as much as others to win. Any horse of three years or older can try to enter.

Check out our Caulfield Cup tips and Caulfield Cup results as they roll in.

Caulfield Cup News