|Day One||April 7, 2018|
|Day Two||April 14, 2018|
|Total Group 1 Races||8|
|Total prize money for all G1 Races||14.5 Million|
LAUNCHING in 2014 as a de facto ‘Grand Final’ of horse racing, The Championships are the pinnacle of Sydney’s prestigious autumn racing carnival.
Held annually at Royal Randwick racecourse, the Championships are on the first and second Saturday of April each year.
With a total prize pool of $20 million dollars on offer Royal Randwick will be buzzing with the best and brightest stars from around the globe.
With twelve races in total across the two days including eight group1 battles, the Championships is one of the must-see event on the Australian horse racing calendar.
Group 1 races during the carnival
With an incredible eight Group 1 races split across the two days at Royal Randwick, race goers will be treated to a spectacular display from some of the world’s very best sprinters and stayers across a variety of distances.
Day one has the crown jewel of the meeting in the form of the Australian Derby, but with seven other big races to experience across the two days including day two’s Australian Oaks, the Championships is truly one of the world’s great racing events.
WATCH BELOW: The superstar sprinter Chautauqua records a third-straight TJ Smith Stakes win, arguably the greatest performance since The Championships’ inception.
The Championships day 1
- Known as the premier mile race in Australia, the Doncaster Mile has drawn some of the greatest horses in the world to compete over the 1600m journey.
A handicap race for jockeys with a minimum of 50kg, the Doncaster Mile is for horses three years and over.
Some of the world’s greatest horses have competed for the Doncaster title, with Sunline, Pharaoh and Super Impose all notable winners of the race.
- The TJ Smith Stakes may have only been in existence since 1997, but the race is still one of the most popular events on the carnival.
The Darley TJ Smith Stakes is raced over 1200m journey and is a weight-for-age event.
The race was upgraded to Group 1 status in 2005 and has since become one of the best sprint races in Australia, drawing superstar horses such as Takeover Target and wonder mare Black Caviar.
- The Australian Derby is the centrepiece of the first day of the Championships.
Run over the 2400m distance, The Australian Derby is for three-year-olds at set weights which sees the best up and coming stayers from Australia and New Zealand vying for the honours.
The race has seen some of the greatest horses of all-time compete, with Kingston Town and Phar Lap amongst the previous winners.
The race is considered one of the best races on the Australian racing calendar, sitting just below the Melbourne Cup.
- The Inglis Sires Stakes is a two-year-olds race at set weights ran over 1400m.
The Inglis Sires’ is ran across five Australian states, but the New South Wales incarnation is the elite race of the quintet.
The race is the second leg of the two year old’s triple crown, which also consists of the Golden Slipper Stakes and the Champagne Stakes.
The winner’s list reads of like a who’s who of Australian horse racing royalty including Octagonal, Sebring and Wenona Girl.
The Championships Day 2
- The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is the richest race of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and the richest weight-for-age race in Australia.
The WFA race for three-year-olds and is run over 2000m.
The race is the signature event of the Championships which draws entries from both Australia and aboard.
Notable winners of the race include Might and Power, Doriemus and Grand Armee.
- The Sydney Cup is a handicapped race run over 3,200m for horses three-years-old and above.
The race is over 150 years old and steeped in tradition, with the honour roll including the likes of Makybe Diva, Tie The Knot and Kingston Town.
An increase in prize money places the race into World Class territory with horses from around the globe being flown in to compete for the massive 2 million dollar prize money on offer.
- The Australian Oaks is the must-see race of day two at the Championships.
Considered the premier staying race of three-year-old fillies in Australia, the race is run over 2400m and is a set weight contest – 56kgs.
- The Queen of the Turf Stakes is the final Group 1 race of the Championships.
Run over the 1600m distance, the Queen of the Turf sees fillies and mares aged three years and over competing in a weight-for-age race.
The race was previously held at Rosehill, but was moved to Randwick in 2014 to specially be a part of the Championships.