2014 Melbourne Cup Nominations Released

2014 Melbourne Cup Nominations Released

2 Sep, 2014

The 2014 Melbourne Cup nominations have been released with 148 stayers in contention to run in ‘the race that stops a nation’ at Flemington on November 4.

The Melbourne Cup has been dominated by internationally-trained runners in the past five years and the 2014 edition of the race is set to feature a very strong presence…

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Waller and Williams Dominate Local Melbourne Cup Nominations

Waller and Williams Dominate Local Melbourne Cup Nominations

2 Sep, 2014

The Lloyd Williams-owned Macedon Lodge and the Chris Waller stable have each included 12 stayers in the 2014 Melbourne Cup nominations that were released by Racing Victoria this afternoon.

Macedon Lodge had a record breaking six runners in the 2013 Melbourne Cup field and the leading owner is set to have another large team in the…

Leading European Stables Represented In Melbourne Cup Nominations

Leading European Stables Represented In Melbourne Cup Nominations

2 Sep, 2014

The 2014 Melbourne Cup could feature horses trained by some of the biggest trainers in Europe after 29 European-trained horses were included in the nominations for the Group 1 event.

The Queen has not had a runner in the Melbourne Cup since Arabian Story finished sixth behind Might And Power in the 1997 edition of the…

Melbourne Cup Field Set To Have Japanese Flavour

Melbourne Cup Field Set To Have Japanese Flavour

2 Sep, 2014

The Melbourne Cup field is set to have a Japanese flavour for the first time since 2010 after Admire Rakti and Bande were included in the nominations for the 2014 edition of the race.

Japanese-trained duo Delta Blues and Pop Rock quinelled the 2006 edition of the Melbourne Cup and Japanese horses were expected to…

Australian Horse Racing

Horse racing in Australia first began when the First Fleet docked on Australian soil on January 26th, 1788, and brought with it one stallion, one colt and two fillies from Cape Town, South Africa. Since that day, Australian Horse Racing has prospered into one of the most established and widely respected racing industries in the world.

The Australian horse racing calendar consists of 19,376 horse races that are held across 2,694 race meetings each year. Of these races, 19,281 are comprised of flat racing, while only 95 are classified as jump races. The country has a staggering 194,736 race starters, made up of 31,776 individual runners, competing on Australia’s 367 racecourses each year.

Australia’s most coveted race is the annual Melbourne Cup, which takes place on the first Tuesday of November each year and is worth an incredible $6 million. Every year this historic event, which began in 1861, attracts crowds in excess of 100,000 people. 2003’s Melbourne Cup holds the record for the highest number of attendees, with 122,736 people gathering to watch Makybe Diva win her first of three consecutive Melbourne Cup titles.

The Melbourne Cup attracts an annual viewership of nearly 2.6 million people, not including those who watch the race at pubs, schools and offices, and truly is the ‘race that stops a nation’. Every year, each person on average in Australia places $8.50 worth of bets on the race that incites interest from the entire country.

Horse racing in Australia offers some of the most lucrative prize money in the world, with almost $422 million paid out annually to money winning horses. This figure is the third highest in the globe, behind only Japan ($1.36 billion) and the United States of America ($1.42 billion). Throughout the year Australians turn over more than $14.3 billion in wagering, equalling an average of $637 per person. $10 billion of this money is punted on the TAB, while in excess of $4.3 billion is spent on the track or with online bookmakers. 46.9% of all bets placed are win tickets, while the second most common ticket type is trifecta bets, which account for 16.1% of all wagers made.

The horse racing industry generates more than $6.2 billion in revenue for the Australian economy each year and provides jobs for 250,000 people, demonstrating the reach of racing industry on our culture. Racing culture is so prevalent in our day to day life that approximately 1 in every 89 Australians are working in the industry.

Ladbrokes First To Market With EFTPOS Card For Payouts

Ladbrokes First To Market With EFTPOS Card For Payouts

6 Mar, 2014

Ladbrokes Australia has launched a branded EFTPOS card that will allow punters to immediately claim their winnings following the conclusion of a race.

The Ladbrokes branded EFTPOS card, which is a world first in the betting industry, will enable punters from right around Australia to use every ATM or EFTPOS machine as an immediate payout…

Horse Racing Calendar 2014

Upcoming Horse Racing

Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes

6 Sep
Group 2
Moonee Valley Racecourse
1600m
$300,000

McEwen Stakes

6 Sep
Group 2
Moonee Valley Racecourse
1000m
$175,000

Chelmsford Stakes

6 Sep
Group 2
Royal Randwick Racecourse
1600m
$175,000

Furious Stakes

6 Sep
Group 2
Royal Randwick Racecourse
1200m
$175,000

Concorde Stakes

6 Sep
Group 3
Royal Randwick Racecourse
1000m
$125,000

Tramway Handicap

6 Sep
Group 2
Royal Randwick Racecourse
1400m
$175,000

Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap

6 Sep
Group 3
Royal Randwick Racecourse
1400m
$125,000

Golden Rose Stakes

13 Sep
Group 1
Rosehill Racecourse
1400m
$1,000,000

Theo Marks Stakes

13 Sep
Group 2
Rosehill Racecourse
1300m
$200,000

Kingston Town Stakes

13 Sep
Group 3
Rosehill Racecourse
2000m
$125,000

Sheraco Stakes

13 Sep
Group 3
Rosehill Racecourse
1200m
$125,000

Makybe Diva Stakes

13 Sep
Group 1
Flemington Racecourse
1600m
$400,000

Danehill Stakes

13 Sep
Group 2
Flemington Racecourse
1200m
$220,000

Let's Elope Stakes

13 Sep
Group 2
Flemington Racecourse
1400m
$220,000

Bobbie Lewis Quality

13 Sep
Group 3
Flemington Racecourse
1200m
$150,000