2014 Melbourne Cup Weights Released

2014 Melbourne Cup Weights Released

16 Sep, 2014

The 2014 Melbourne Cup weights have been released, with Japanese stayer Admire Rakti allocated the top weight of 58 kilograms for the Group 1 event that will be held at Flemington on November 4.

Admire Rakti is set to arrive in Australia at the end of the week, along with Bande, and he is a confirmed…

Latest Horse Racing News

The Offer can win the Underwood Stakes says Tommy Berry

The Offer can win the Underwood Stakes says Tommy Berry

17 Sep, 2014

Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer can win the Group 1 $400,000 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on Saturday according to his rider Tommy Berry.

The Offer will be having his second Spring Carnival run after producing an eye catching fifth to The Cleaner first up in the Group 2 $250,000 Dato’ Tan…

10 Runners In Underwood Stakes Field

10 Runners In Underwood Stakes Field

17 Sep, 2014

Dissident may not have been included in the 2014 Underwood Stakes field, but 10 talented horses are set to contest the Group 1 event at Caulfield on Saturday.

Dissident was included in the Underwood Stakes nominations that were released on Monday, but trainer Peter Moody has elected not to back-up the triple Group 1 winner…

Terravista gets chance to continue his winning ways in The Shorts

Terravista gets chance to continue his winning ways in The Shorts

17 Sep, 2014

Rising star Terravista gets his chance to continue on his winning ways after coming up with a good barrier draw in the Group 2 $200,000 Bowermans Office Furniture Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Jockey Corey Brown is certain to give Terravista the run of the race from barrier four in the field of twelve and…

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.

Racing Field & Form News

La Amistad Set To Back-Up In Hill Stakes

La Amistad Set To Back-Up In Hill Stakes

17 Sep, 2014

Promising stayer La Amistad has been included in the field for the 2014 Hill Stakes that will be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday, despite failing to fire in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens last weekend.

La Amistad (barrier one) was well-backed in the lead-up to the Kingston Town Stakes and…

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…

Horse Racing Calendar 2014

Upcoming Horse Racing

Cameron Handicap

17 Sep
Group 3
Newcastle Racecourse
1500m
$125,000

Newcastle Spring Stakes

17 Sep
Group 3
Newcastle Racecourse
1600m
$125,000

Tibbie Stakes

18 Sep
Group 3
Newcastle Racecourse
1400m
$125,000

Newcastle Gold Cup

18 Sep
Group 3
Newcastle Racecourse
2300m
$175,000

Underwood Stakes

20 Sep
Group 1
Caulfield Racecourse
1800m
$400,000

Naturalism Stakes

20 Sep
Group 3
Caulfield Racecourse
2000m
$150,000

Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 2 Stakes

20 Sep
Group 3
Caulfield Racecourse
1200m
$150,000

George Main Stakes

20 Sep
Group 1
Royal Randwick Racecourse
1600m
$350,000

Hill Stakes

20 Sep
Group 2
Royal Randwick Racecourse
2000m
$200,000

The Shorts

20 Sep
Group 2
Royal Randwick Racecourse
1100m
$200,000

Tea Rose Stakes

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

Bill Ritchie Handicap

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

Moir Stakes

26 Sep
Group 1
Moonee Valley Racecourse
1200m
$450,000

Bill Stutt Stakes

26 Sep
Group 2
Moonee Valley Racecourse
1600m
$220,000

WH Stocks Stakes

26 Sep
Group 2
Moonee Valley Racecourse
1600m
$220,000