Horse Racing Carnivals Betting
Horse Racing Carnival Betting Options
There are many types of betting options available to have a bet on a horse race. Horse races can vary by distance, the type of race and the number of horses in the field which can influence which horse to select. All horses that compete in races are called thoroughbreds, which is why horse racing is sometimes referred to as thoroughbred racing.
A Win, Place and Each Way bet are the easiest form of betting options for betting on horse racing carnivals. A win bet known as betting ‘on the nose’, is the most common bet type. It is a bet made on a single horse to finish first.
There are a range of bet types and some of the more exotic bet types include: quinella, exacta, trifecta, first 4, quaddie and the big6 all which are available at BlueBet.
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About Horse Racing Carnivals
There are five main racing carnivals during the calendar year in Australia. These include Melbourne spring carnival, Sydney autumn carnival, Brisbane winter carnival, Adelaide autumn carnival and the Perth summer carnival.
Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival
The Melbourne racing carnival is the largest and most significant carnival of the year culminating in the Melbourne Cup carnival across four days at Flemington.
The Melbourne spring racing carnival plays host to iconic Group 1 races including W.S. Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup as well as the Caulfield Guineas, Thousand Guineas, Toorak Handicap, VRC Oaks, Manikato Stakes, Mackinnon Stakes and Emirates Stakes.
The first Group 1 which signals the start of the spring racing carnival is the Memsie Stakes run over 1400m under weight-for-age conditions at Caulfield.
Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival
Melbourne also conducts a number of Group 1 races in the autumn with the highlights being the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes, Australian Cup, Australian Guineas and the Newmarket Handicap however this ‘carnival’ somewhat plays second fiddle to the Sydney autumn carnival.
Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival
The Sydney autumn carnival spans some 10 weeks with the first Group 1 race in the Chipping Norton Stakes being held on the last Saturday of February.
The carnival is split between Randwick and Rosehill racecourses, the home of the Group 1 Golden Slipper, the world’s richest race for two-year-old thoroughbreds. Rosehill is also home to $1.5m The BMW, a 2400m weight for age race.
The Sydney autumn carnival reaches a crescendo during The Championships run over two consecutive Saturdays at Randwick Racecourse. There is over $20m prize money on offer during The Championships which is looking to challenge the Melbourne spring carnival as the premier racing carnival on the Australian calendar.
The Championships is home to a host of time-honoured Group 1 races such as the Doncaster Mile, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Australian Derby, Australian Oaks, TJ Smith Stakes, Sydney Cup and Queen of the Turf Stakes as well as the Sires Produce and Champagne Stakes which round out the two-year-old Triple Crown alongside the Golden Slipper.
Sydney Spring Racing Carnival
In the spring, Sydney hosts a number of Group 1 races including Golden Rose, George Main Stakes, Epsom Handicap, The Metropolitan, Flight Stakes and Spring Champion Stakes before the attention of racing fans turn to Melbourne for the spring carnival proper.
Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival
Winter is the time of the year where Brisbane racing comes to the fore. Doomben and Eagle Farm are home to eight Group 1 races throughout May and June including BTC Cup, Doomben Cup, Doomben 10000, Queensland Oaks, Queensland Derby, The Smith and Winter Stakes though the jewel of the Brisbane racing carnival is undoubtedly the $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap over 1350m at Eagle Farm.
Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival
In late autumn following the Sydney autumn carnival, racing in Adelaide takes centre stage with four Group 1 races run over three consecutive weekends in May.
These four time-honoured Group 1s including the Australasian Oaks for three-year-old fillies, Robert Sangster Stakes, SA Derby and The Goodwood – a sprint race over 1200m held at Morphettville.
Perth Summer Racing Carnival
Perth racing heats up in late November/early December to play host to the final Group 1 races on calendar year. Ascot racecourse is the venue for the Group 1 Railway Stakes, Winterbottom Stakes and Kingston Town Classic with $1m in prize money up for grabs in each race. The lucrative prize pool attracts plenty of quality horses from the eastern states and locals alike.