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2017 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival dates and schedule

  • See the entire schedule for the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival 
  • Blue Diamond Stakes, Australian Guineas, Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup dates announced
  • All key Group 1 dates revealed 
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The Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival is one of the biggest attractions on the Australian horse racing calendar each year and here is the full schedule for 2017.

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A number of high-quality Group 1 races are held during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. 

Top juveniles compete in the Blue Diamond Stakes, three-year-olds in the Australian Guineas, elite sprinters clash in the Newmarket Handicap and high-quality stayers slug it out in the Australian Cup. 

The carnival starts to get into full swing with the CF Orr Stakes meeting in February, but a couple of the lead-up meetings have quality racing with some of the best gallopers returning to the races. 

Along with the four biggest Group 1s of the carnival mentioned above, the CF Orr Stakes, Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, Oakleigh Plate, Futurity Stakes and William Reid Stakes are also run at Group 1 level.

Here is the schedule for the 2017 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival and the key races you can expect to see.

2017 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Dates

Friday 27th January 2017 – Moonee Valley
Australia Stakes (Group 2) – 1200m

Thursday 26th January 2017 – Caulfield
Blue Diamond Preview (Fillies) (Group 3) – 1000m

Saturday 4th February 2017 – Caulfield
Chairman’s Stakes (Group 3) – 1000m
Manfred Stakes (Group 3) – 1200m

Saturday 11th February 2017 – Caulfield
CF Orr Stakes (Group 1) – 1400m
Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) (Group 2) – 1100m
Autumn Stakes (Group 2) – 1400m
Rubiton Stakes (Group 2) – 1100m
Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts & Geldings) (Group 3) – 1100m
Kevin Hayes Stakes (Group 3) – 1200m
TS Carlyon Cup (Group 3) – 1600m
Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (Group 3) – 1200m

Saturday 18th February 2017 – Flemington
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (Group 1) – 1000m
CS Hayes Stakes (Group 3) – 1400m
The Vanity (Group 3) – 1400m

Friday 24th February 2017 – Moonee Valley
Typhoon Tracy Stakes (Group 3) – 1200m

Saturday 25th February 2017 – Caulfield
Blue Diamond Stakes (Group 1) – 1200m
Oakleigh Plate (Group 1) – 1100m
Futurity Stakes (Group 1) – 1400m
Caulfield Autumn Classic (Group 2) – 1800m
Angus Armanasco Stakes (Group 2) – 1400m
Peter Young Stakes (Group 2) – 1800m
Zeditave Stakes (Group 3) – 1200m
Mannerism Stakes (Group 3) – 1400m

Saturday 4th March 2017 – Flemington 
Australian Guineas (Group 1) – 1600m
TAB Rewards Stakes (Group 3) – 1400m
Frances Tressady Stakes (Group 3) – 1400m

Saturday 11th March 2017 (Super Saturday) – Flemington 
Australian Cup (Group 1) – 2000m
Newmarket Handicap (Group 1) – 1200m
Sires’ Produce Stakes (Group 2) – 1400m
Kewney Stakes (Group 2) – 1400m
Blamey Stakes (Group 2) – 1600m
TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (Group 3) – 1200m
Schweppervescence Trophy (Group 3) – 1600m

Friday 17th March 2017 – Moonee Valley
Alister Clark Stakes (Group 2) – 2040m

Friday 24th March 2017 – Moonee Valley
William Reid Stakes (Group 1) – 1200m
Sunline Stakes (Group 2) – 1600m

Saturday 1st April 2017 – Flemington
Easter Cup (Group 3) – 2000m
Victoria Handicap (Group 3) – 1400m  

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