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The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival takes place between February and  April each year at Randwick and Rosehill with 21 Group 1 races across the three months of the carnival. The headline act comes in April with the running of The Championships at Randwick, which feature eight of the Group 1s on successive Saturdays. The Doncaster Mile, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Golden Slipper, TJ Smith Stakes, Australian Derby and Oaks and the Rosehill and Randwick Guineas are among the highlights.

GUIDE TO THE SYDNEY AUTUMN CARNIVAL

The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival kicks off annually in February and culminates at the end of April on AJC Champagne Stakes Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

There are a total of 59 Group races throughout the autumn carnival with 21 of those races carrying Group 1 status.

Although the Carnival officially starts in February, the first of the big Group 1 races, the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) is held at Randwick Racecourse in early March. It is now joined by a new Group 1 with the Surround Stakes upgraded to elite level from 2018.

The carnival then shifts to Randwick the following week for the running of the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) where three-year-olds battle.

Other group races on Randwick Guineas Day include the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m), Group 2 Riesling Slipper Trial (1200m), Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude.

Rosehill Gardens is next to take centre stage with the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) for fillies and mares and the weight-for-age Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) being the feature races on the card.

The following week at Rosehill brings more Group 1 action with the George Ryder Stakes (1500m), Rosehill Guineas and the The Galaxy (1100m).

The final day of racing at Rosehill sees the running of the richest two-year-old race in the world, the Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m).

The feature is supported by two Group 1 races with The BMW (2400m) run at weight-for-age conditions and the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) for three-year-old fillies.

An initiative announced by Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club in November 2013 saw the introduction of ‘The Championships’ as a two-day spectacle across successive Saturday's at Randwick Racecourse.

The Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) is the feature race of the Randwick event, while the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m), Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) and Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) combine for one of the richest days in Australian racing.

The Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) is now the richest race of the Sydney autumn, and the richest weight-for-age in the country, and takes centre stage on the second day of The Championships.

Three more Group 1 races take place alongside the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the second day of The Championships, including the Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m), Sydney Cup (3200m) and the Australian Oaks (2400m).

To round out an action-packed festival of racing the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) for two-year-olds and the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) run under weight-for-age conditions will draw the curtain on the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

WHERE TO BET ON THE SYDNEY AUTUMN CARNIVAL

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