Horse racing in Australia first began during the early years of settlement and is now one of the three top Thoroughbred racing nations in the world. Racing was well established in and around Sydney by 1810, with the first official race meet taking place at Hyde Park in October that year.

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The most common type of racing in Australia is Thoroughbred flat racing. Within Thoroughbred racing there are two categories; conditions races and handicap races. Conditions races are often the most prestigious races and carry the highest prize money like in melbourne cup betting markets, while handicap races allocate each horse a different weight to carry depending on their past performances. These races are run over a flat, usually turf or synthetic, surface over a variety of distances ranging from around 1,000 metres to 3,200 metres. Harness racing and jumps racing also take place throughout Australia.

Australia’s most famous race is the $6 million Melbourne Cup. Known as the ‘race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup is run over 3,200 metres at Flemington racecourse, Victoria, on the first Tuesday of November each year.

There are a number of different levels of racing, including Group 1, Group 2, Group 3 and Listed. All of these race types are classed as Stakes level races, and are the top echelon of racing in Australia. There are also a variety of races that take place every day in Australia that are not Stakes level but still offer impressive prize money.

Group 2 Horse Races

Group 3 Horse Races