The Sydney Spring Racing Carnival is held between August and December each year with the main Group 1 action taking place at Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick.
It may not have the same lure as the Autumn Carnival
does in Sydney when the classics are stages, or have the quality of the Melbourne Spring Carnival
running concurrently, but there are six elite races as well as a number of other Group races taking place during the carnival and some of the equine stars gracing the turf.
Lead up and prep races are held during the early weeks of the carnival, including the Group 3 Missile Stakes and the Group 2 Warwick Stakes, to provide betting clues and helpful pointers for the key races later.
The $1million Golden Rose
(1200m) at Rosehill is the first Group 1 of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival taking place in mid-September. A fairly new race, it is an early-season chance to shine for three-year-olds having previously been staged in March during the Sydney Autumn Carnival
and pits some of the stars of the last season together. Watch out as the champions of the previous seasons lock horns.
Randwick plays host to the Group 1 George Main Stakes
the following week on an afternoon of high-class Group racing action. The George Main Stakes is a 1600m weight-for-age contest which was won in consecutive years by champion horse Kingston Town in 1981 and 1982 and has a glittering roll of honour of winners.
One of the most prestigious days of the carnival is Epsom Handicap Day or Super Saturday at Randwick on the first Saturday of October, with three Group 1 races scheduled. It was previously four elite race on the same afternoon, but the Spring Champion Stakes
has been put back a week to headline its own day.
The Epsom Handicap
(1600m), won amongst others by Super Impose who recorded back-to-back successes in 1990 and 1991, is the biggest of the races and is ably backed up by The Metropolitan
(2400m) with both handicap contests. Three-year-old fillies, meantime, get the chance to sign in the Group 1 Flight Stakes
The Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes
, a 2000m contest for the best three-year-olds, has been moved back a week as part of a reworking of the racing schedule by the Australian Turf Club. It now clashes with the Caulfield Guineas
, part of the Melbourne Spring Carnival
, but provides a better routing of races for three-year-olds during the spring.
It is the last Group 1 race of the Sydney Spring Carnival, which continues through to December with action every week at metropolitan city tracks.