Australian Group 1 racing

AUSTRALIA is home to some of the premier Group 1 races in the world.

Millions are spent by owners and trainers each year to secure the prime thoroughbreds to compete for riches beyond the average man’s wildest dreams.

For us dreamers it comes down to the punt and watching these prized race horses strut their stuff – with no better viewing than the Group 1 feature races around the country.

Much of this prize money is available through betting at various tote agencies and online sports betting sites, who pay money to the governing bodies, who in turn can give it back to the winning connections.

The Pattern Committee of the Australian Racing Board, prior to each racing season, decides which races will be given group and listed status.

The obvious biggest carrot on the Group 1 calendar is the Melbourne Cup, a 3200m staying race at Flemington racecourse; which these days is a race that attracts the best two milers in the world.

Other big races on the calendar include the Caulfield Cup, a race that is probably second only to the Melbourne Cup, in terms of prestige and it being the biggest race at Melbourne’s other city track Caulfield.

The Cox Plate is one of the richest races in the world and is often a good indicator of who will challenge for the Melbourne Cup, soon after. The Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup double is something truly cherished on the Australian turf.

Below are all the Group 1 races scheduled for the 2023/24 racing season.

Group 1 race dates for 2023/24 season

August 19 Winx Stakes
September 2 Memsie Stakes
September 16 Makybe Diva Stakes
September 23 Golden Rose Stakes
September 23 Underwood Stakes
September 29 Moir Stakes
September 30 Epsom Handicap
September 30 Flight Stakes
September 30 The Metropolitan
October 7 Turnbull Stakes
October 14 Caulfield Guineas
October 14 Might And Power Stakes
October 14 Toorak Handicap
October 14 King Charles III Stakes
October 21 Caulfield Cup
October 28 Manikato Stakes
October 28 Cox Plate
October 28 Spring Champion Stakes
November 4 Victoria Derby
November 4 Coolmore Stud Stakes
November 4 Empire Rose Stakes
November 7 Melbourne Cup
November 9 VRC Oaks
November 11 VRC Champions Stakes
November 11 Champions Sprint
November 11 Champions Mile
November 18 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
November 18 Thousand Guineas
November 25 Railway Stakes
December 2 Winterbottom Stakes
December 9 Northerly Stakes
February 10 C F Orr Stakes
February 17 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes
February 24 Blue Diamond Stakes
February 24 Futurity Stakes
February 24 Oakleigh Plate
March 2 Chipping Norton Stakes
March 2 Surround Stakes
March 2 Australian Guineas
March 9 Randwick Guineas
March 9 Canterbury Stakes
March 9 Newmarket Handicap
March 16 Coolmore Classic
March 23 Golden Slipper Stakes
March 23 George Ryder Stakes
March 23 Ranvet Stakes
March 23 The Galaxy
March 23 Rosehill Guineas
March 23 William Reid Stakes
March 30 Australian Cup
March 30 Tancred Stakes
March 30 Vinery Stud Stakes
April 6 Doncaster Handicap
April 6 TJ Smith Stakes
April 6 ATC Australian Derby
April 6 ATC Sires Produce Stakes
April 13 Queen Elizabeth Stakes
April 13 Sydney Cup
April 13 ATC Oaks
April 13 Queen Of The Turf Stakes
April 20 All Aged Stakes
April 20 Champagne Stakes
April 27 Australasian Oaks
May 4 Robert Sangster Stakes
May 11 SA Derby
May 18 Doomben 10,000
May 18 The Goodwood
May 25 Doomben Cup
June 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup
June 1 Queensland Derby
June 8 Queensland Oaks
June 15 Stradbroke Handicap
June 15 JJ Atkins
June 29 Tattersalls Tiara

Betting on group 1 racing in Australia

Australians have plenty of choice when it comes to how and where they bet on horse racing in Australia. Some of the obvious choices are at the track, where you can bet on the tote or with a bookmaker.

Probably the most popular way for Australians to bet in 2015 is via the Internet and online bookies, where you can get a swag of freebets through sign-up bonuses and offers for existing customers.

If you are on a mobile device you can download the app from the iOS App store or the Google Play store here, or if on another device you can visit the mobile sites from the below links.

You can read more about bookmakers for Australians here, or some of our favourites include:

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