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|2013 Spring Racing Carnival|
|Oct 12th||Caulfield Guineas||(3yo, Group 1, 1m)||Winner: Long John|
|Oct 16th||Thousand Guineas||(3yo f, Group 1, 1m)||Winner: Guelph|
|Oct 19th||Caulfield Cup||(3yo+, Group 1, 1m 4f)||Winner: Fawkner|
|Oct 23rd||Geelong Cup||(Open, Group 3, 1m 4f)||Winner: Ibicenco|
|Oct 26th||Cox Plate||(3yo+, Group 1, 1m 2f)||Winner: Shamus Award|
|Nov 2nd||Victoria Derby||(3yo, Group 1, 1m 4f)||Winner: Polanski|
|Nov 5th||Melbourne Cup||(3yo+, Group 1, 2m)||Winner: Fiorente|
|Nov 7th||Crown Oaks||(3yo f, Group 1, 1m 4f)||Winner: Kirramosa|
|Nov 9th||Emirates Stakes||(Open, Group 1, 1m)||Winner: Boban|
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The Spring Racing Carnival is the highlight of the Australian thoroughbred racing season. Scheduled for the summer months, and thereby avoiding conflict with the cricket and football seasons, the Spring Racing Carnival dominates Australian sporting headlines during spring and early summer, and is the best-attended series of races anywhere on Earth.
The Spring Racing Carnival begins at the Caulfield Racecourse, popularly known as ‘the Heath’, outside Melbourne. The Caulfield Carnival comprises three meetings, each with a group 1 feature race that showcases some of the highest rated thoroughbred talent in Australia.
The first feature race of the Caulfield Carnival is the Caulfield Guineas, and a week later it is the turn of the fillies to contest a major group one race in the Caulfield 1,000 Guineas. The final weekend of racing at Caulfield includes the running of the Caulfield Cup, one of the trial races for the Melbourne Cup.
The Spring Racing Carnival makes a brief detour to the country track of Geelong during the course of the Caulfield Carnival. The group 3 Geelong Cup is the highlight of the Geelong Carnival, and the Wednesday on which the race is run is a public holiday in and around Geelong. A number of entries in the Geelong Cup go on to participate in the Melbourne Cup later on in the season.
The next stop for the Spring Racing Carnival is the Moonee Valley Carnival, at the Moonee Valley Racing Club in the city of Melbourne. The feature race of this meeting is the group one weight-for-age Cox Plate, which is run on the Saturday after the Caulfield Cup. The race is regarded as Australia’s weight-for-age championship, and pays out one of the largest purses in Australian thoroughbred horseracing.
The Spring Racing Carnival culminates in the Flemington Carnival. Hosted by Flemington Racecourse, the Flemington Carnival features four of Australia’s most popular and prestigious thoroughbred races – the Victoria Derby, Melbourne Cup, Crown Oaks and the Emirates Stakes. Held over the course of eight days in late-October/early-November, the Flemington Carnival boasts the highest attendance figures for thoroughbred racing.