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 $300,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) is held at Warwick Farm Racecourse in early March.
The carnival then shifts to Randwick the following week for the running of the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) where three-year-olds battle for a share in $350,000 in prizemoney.
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 Stud 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 $1 million George Ryder Stakes (1500m), $500,000 Rosehill Guineas and the $350,000 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 $3.5 million feature is supported by two Group 1 races with the $2.25 million The BMW (2400m) run at weight-for-age conditions and the $400,000 Storm Queen Stakes (2000m) for three-year-old fillies.
An initiative announced by Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club in November 2013 will see the introduction of ‘The Championships’ which will inject $18 million in prizemoney over two days of racing.
The $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) is the feature race of the Randwick event, while the $2.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and $2 million Group 1 AJC Australian Derby (2400m) combine for one of the richest days in Australian racing.
The $4 million 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 million dollar 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.