Australia is home to a thriving horse racing industry with a packed calendar of annual events spanning a wide range of racecourses, distances, and prize pools. The followings are the best horse races in this nation.
Known as the race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup is the world’s richest handicap for thoroughbred racehorses. The event is annually organized on the first Tuesday in November and attracts competitors from across Australia and the globe to Flemington Racecourse.
The competing horses and jockeys compete at the 3,200 meters to gain the first prize of $3.6 million.
2/ Golden Slipper Stakes
Debuted in 1957, the Golden Slipper Stakes is recognized as one of the pre-eminent races of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The event is held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in early April, making for the perfect conditions for talented young sprinters. With the prize money of $3.5 million, the Golden Slipper Stakes has become the richest two-year-old race in the world.
3/ Cox Plate
Cox Plate takes place during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in October, attracting competitors to Moonee Valley Racecourse with a total prize of over $3 million.
It is the second richest horse race in Australia, behind the Melbourne Cup. The race covers 2,040 meters and becomes one of the nation’s premier weight-for-age championships.
4/ Caulfield Cup
Caulfield Cup is recognized as one of the toughest handicap races in the world, with a total race of over 2,400 meters. With a full prize pool of $3 million, the track joins the ranks of the richest horse races in Australia.
Caulfield Cup is organized during the annual Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival in the middle of October and attracts competitors from the nation and the globe.
5/ Railway Stakes
The Railway Stakes becomes one of the biggest races of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival calendar, which attracts all horses at the age of three or over. The 1,600-meter race gives a total prize pool of $1 million, making it’s the richest race in Western Australia. The annual event is organized during November at Ascot Racecourse.