Caulfield Carnival and the Flemington Carnival

The Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne is perhaps the most well known events of the year, held each year in the months of October and November. While horse racing takes place throughout the entire year somewhere in Australia, many of the most famous races are run during the spring in Melbourne. Some of the most iconic races on the Melbourne Spring Racing calendar include the iconic Melbourne Cup, the Cox Plate, and the Caulfield Cup. All of the carnival’s races are divided into various carnival race meetings, with the most well attended including the Caulfield Carnival and the Flemington Carnival. Continue reading

Royal Ascot Racecourse in England

Of all the famous horse racing carnivals which take place around the globe, none is as well known and prestigious as the world famous five day Royal Ascot racing event. Hosted each year at Royal Ascot Racecourse in England, this carnival is one of the highlights of the European racing year. Royal Ascot is such a famous event for many reasons, both for the quality of the horse racing and the fact that it is such a traditional event. There are over 25 individual races hosted as part of this amazing carnival, including a number of Handicap events and everything from Listed events through to Group races. Continue reading

Fashion Trends And Culture In Horse Racing

There is a whole culture that envelopes horse racing Along with the races themselves, people can also enjoy fashion competitions, fine dining, musical acts, and other entertainment. Racing fashion is a vital part of horse racing culture, from special fashion shows and competitions through to getting dressed up for a day at the races. Racing fashion can include beautiful dresses and colourful hats for the ladies and suits for the men. Continue reading

Preakness Stakes Horse Racing Day

Of all the big name thoroughbred races in North America each racing season, few are as well known or prestigious as the Preakness Stakes. This event is a famous Grade 1 event, and the middle section of the world renowned US Triple Crown. This event is sometimes known as “the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans”, tahnks to the luxurious arrangement of decorated daisies placed around the winner’s neck. The Preakness Stakes is run over a length of 9.5 furlongs, and run on a left handed dirt racecourse for prize money of $1 million. Continue reading

Phar lap History

When you consider well known Australian horses, the name Phar Lap always springs to mind. While he was born in New Zealand, Phar Lap is most often associated with Australia where he trained and raced for most of his life during the 1920s and early 1930s. Phar Lap managed to do things in a unique way, and went on to break records in Australia and the world. Phar Lap excelled in a number of events throughout his career, including the iconic Melbourne Cup, two Cox Plates, an AJC Derby, and a range of additional weight for age events. Continue reading

The Biggest Horse Racing Cup In The World

Australia comes to a complete stop every November to watch the famous Melbourne Cup. Taking place every spring on the first Tuesday of November, this awesome spectacle is one of the richest events in the world with over $6 million in prize money. Raced over a distance of 2 miles, this awe inspiring horse race for three year olds and over truly does stop the nation. The Melbourne Cup is held at Flemington Racecourse in the city of Melbourne, Australia, and is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the entire year. Continue reading