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Australia hosts many horse racing carnivals in their Spring season which is from September to November. There are three major carnivals which include the Melbourne, Caulfield and Sydney Spring Racing Carnivals. The biggest race on the calendar is the six million dollar Melbourne Cup always held on the first Tuesday in November.
The $1 million Caulfield Guineas runs on Saturday October 8, 2011 at Caulfield. The race distance is over 1,600 metres for 3 year olds. The 2010 winner was Anacheeva in a time of 1:37:00. The 2011 favourite is the Anthony Cummings trained Smart Missle.
The Thousand Guineas has a prize of $500,000 and run on Wednesday October 12, 2011 at Caulfield. The three year old race for fillies is run over 1,600 metres. Yosei won the 2010 race in a winning time of 1:39:00. Mosheen trained by Robert Smerdon is the current 2011 favourite with the bookmakers.
The $2.5 million Caulfield Cup is one of the richest group 1 races run at Caulfield on Saturday October 15, 2011. Run over 2,400 metres for 3 year old's, the 2010 winner Descarado beat out Harris Tweed and Monaco Consul in a winning time of two minutes thirty five. The bookies have Lights Of Heaven as early betting favourite at 7.50.
The $3 million Cox Plate run on Saturday October 22, 2011 at Mooney Valley is the first group 1 of Melbourne Spring Carnival. The 3YO weight-for-age run over 2,040 metres was won by So You Think in 2009 and 2010. Whobegotyou is odds on favourite to win in 2011.
The 2013 Melbourne Cup which is awlays run on the 1st Tuesday in November is Australia most presigious thoroughbred horse race. Victorians which is a state in Australia have a public day to celebrate the race. The prize mney for this year's race is over $6 million making it the most sort after victory for every owner, trainer and jockey in Australia and around the world. The Flemginton hosted race distance is run over 3,200 metres for quality handicapped three year olds and over. Americain was the 2010 winner and may also contest the 2011 race.
The $1 million Crown Oaks is held at Flemington on Thursday November 3, 2011. Run over 2,500 metres for set weight 3YO fillies will again be hottly contested. Brazilian Pulse was too good for Shamrocker and Placement in 2010 with Brazilian Pulse set to go back to back in 2011.
The Emirates Stakes is the feature race on the final day of the Melbourne Spring Carnival. The $1 million race is held over 1,600 metres at Flemington for quality handicap horses. Wall Street won the 2010 race in 1:36:00 beating Dao Dao and Chasm.