2014 Cox Plate Field Released

2014 Cox Plate Field Released

21 Oct, 2014

The 2014 Cox Plate field has been released with a capacity field of 14 horses set to contest the Group 1 event at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Fawkner has been included in the 2014 Cox Plate field and is set to start the Group 1 event as a clear favourite. Photo by: Race Horse Photos …

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No Deep Field In Darley Classic First Acceptances

No Deep Field In Darley Classic First Acceptances

21 Oct, 2014

Undefeated sprinter Deep Field was the most high profile omission from the 2014 Darley Classic first acceptances that were released by Racing Victoria this afternoon.

Chautauqua is currently a clear favourite in 2014 Darley Classic betting markets. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Deep Field stamped himself as a horse to watch when he scored …

Early Support For Sweynesse In Cox Plate Betting

Early Support For Sweynesse In Cox Plate Betting

21 Oct, 2014

Sweynesse is into 2014 Cox Plate odds of $26 and he has been the best backed runner in early betting for the Group 1 event at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Sweynesse (outside) was entered for the 2014 Cox Plate after he impressed trainer John O’Shea with a strong piece of trackwork at Moonee Valley this …

Only 19 In Crown Oaks First Acceptances

Only 19 In Crown Oaks First Acceptances

21 Oct, 2014

The 2014 Crown Oaks appears unlikely to have a capacity field after only 19 fillies were included in the first acceptances for the Group 1 event that will be held at Flemington on November 6 during the 2014 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Fontein Ruby is currently favourite in 2014 Crown Oaks betting markets after her Caulfield …

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

McDonald To Ride Criterion In 2014 Cox Plate

McDonald To Ride Criterion In 2014 Cox Plate

21 Oct, 2014

James McDonald will ride Criterion in the 2014 Cox Plate after regular jockey Hugh Bowman failed to have his suspension for improper riding reduced by a large enough amount to ride at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

James McDonald will ride Criterion in the 2014 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday. Photo by: Race Horse …

72 Horses In Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

72 Horses In Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

7 Oct, 2014

72 horses remain in the hunt to contest the 2014 Melbourne Cup after first acceptances were released by Racing Victoria this afternoon.

Turnbull Stakes winner Lucia Valentina is one of 72 horses that has been included in the 2014 Melbourne Cup first acceptances. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Japanese stayers Admire Rakti and Bande …

Horse Racing Calendar 2014

Upcoming Horse Racing

Geelong Cup

22 Oct
Group 3
Geelong Racecourse
2400m
$300,000

Geelong Classic

22 Oct
Listed Race
Geelong Racecourse
2200m
$120,000

Manikato Stakes

24 Oct
Group 1
Moonee Valley Racecourse
1200m
$1,000,000

William Crockett Stakes

24 Oct
Listed Race
Moonee Valley Racecourse
1200m
$120,000

Cox Plate

25 Oct
Group 1
Moonee Valley Racecourse
2040m
$3,000,000

Moonee Valley Fillies Classic

25 Oct
Group 2
Moonee Valley Racecourse
1600m
$200,000

Moonee Valley Gold Cup

26 Oct
Group 2
Moonee Valley Racecourse
2500m
$250,000

Moonee Valley Vase

26 Oct
Group 2
Moonee Valley Racecourse
2040m
$200,000

Crystal Mile

26 Oct
Group 2
Moonee Valley Racecourse
1600m
$200,000

Red Anchor Stakes

26 Oct
Group 3
Moonee Valley Racecourse
1200m
$150,000

Terio Stakes

26 Oct
Group 3
Moonee Valley Racecourse
1600m
$150,000

Bendigo Cup

29 Oct
Listed Race
Bendigo Racecourse
2200m
$240,000

Victoria Derby

1 Nov
Group 1
Flemington Racecourse
2500m
$1,500,000

Mackinnon Stakes

1 Nov
Group 1
Flemington Racecourse
2000m
$1,000,000

Coolmore Stud Stakes

1 Nov
Group 1
Flemington Racecourse
1200m
$500,000