Group 1 Races

Group 1 horse racing is the highest standard of thoroughbred racing in Australia. These races, which are designated by the Australian Racing Board, are internationally recognised as the best races in Australia and are also some of the most well-regarded and respected horse races worldwide.

Group 1 races have minimum prize money of $300,000 and there are 64 Group 1 races in Australia each year. These races may be run under conditions such as handicap or weight-for-age, and some Group 1 races are restricted to a certain gender of horse or a particular age group.

Possibly the most famous Group One race in Australia is the Melbourne Cup. The Melbourne Cup attracts owners and trainers from all over the world who want to take part in the prestigious Group 1 race that offers $6 million in prize money.

Other well-known Group 1 races in Australia include the Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup, Blue Diamond Stakes, Golden Slipper, and Crown Oaks. Most of the Group 1 races in Australia take place at either Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, or Randwick racecourse in Sydney.

Owning a horse that has won a Group 1 is not just about the initial prize money. Horses that have won these races often go on to fetch large sums of money in the breeding industry.