Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival

2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival News

Retirement Looming for Happy Trails

Retirement Looming for Happy Trails

Happy Trails could be the latest horse added to the list of retiring stars post Sydney’s ‘The Championships’ races with the Adelaide champion likely having run his last race over the weekend.

Three-time Group 1 winner Happy Trails may be retired from racing following his Queen Elizabeth Stakes run last Saturday. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

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The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival is home to some of the most exciting racing Australia has to offer. The Carnival is broken into two halves; the Golden Slipper Festival, which takes place at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and the Royal Randwick Autumn Carnival, which takes place at Royal Randwick racecourse. Races also take place at Warwick Farm racecourse throughout the carnival.

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While the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival officially begins in February, the main racing starts in March. The first big race of the carnival is the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm Racecourse. The Chipping Norton Stakes is worth $300,000 in prize money and is run under weight-for-age conditions. The excitement continues with the running of the Group 1 Randwick Guineas for three-year-olds a week later. Worth $350,000 in prize money, the Randwick Guineas is run over 1,600 metres and under set-weight conditions.

Racing at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse kicks off with the Group 1 Coolmore Classic and Ranvet Stakes towards the end of March. The Coolmore Classic is worth $600,000 in prize money and run over a distance of 1,500 metres. The race is open to fillies and mares only who are aged three-years-old and upwards. The Ranvet Stakes is run under weight-for-age conditions over a distance of 2,000 metres and is worth $400,000 in prize money.

One of the biggest three-year-old races of the year takes place at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival; the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas. Worth $500,000, the Rosehill Guineas is run under set-weight conditions and contested over a distance of 2,000 metres.

The richest two-year-old race in the world, the Golden Slipper, takes place in the beginning of April each year. Worth an unbelievable $3.5 million, the Golden Slipper is run over 1,200 metres and is run under set-weight conditions. The Golden Slipper winner alone takes home prize money of $2 million. Golden Slipper Day is one of the richest race days of the year and is the richest day of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. With the Group 1 The BMW, Queen of the Turf Stakes, George Ryder Stakes and Storm Queen Stakes also run on the day, the entire meeting is worth more than $7.2 million in prize money.

The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival action continues throughout April with the running of races such as the Doncaster Handicap, which is the most famous mile-long race in Australia. Worth $1.5 million, the Doncaster Handicap is run under handicap conditions. The group 1 AJC Australian Oaks and The Galaxy also take place on Doncaster Handicap Day at Randwick Racecourse.

The final day of racing in the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival is Sydney Cup Day, which takes place at Randwick Racecourse at the end of April. Sydney Cup Day is home to the Group 1 Sydney Cup, which is run over 3,200 metres and worth $400,000 in prize money. The Group 1 AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes, All Aged Stakes and AJC Champagne Stakes also takes place on the final day of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.