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Spring Carnival

Ahhhh… Spring… birds a-tweeting, bees a-buzzing and… horses a-snorting. Yes folks, ask any self-respecting racing fan, or even an average Aussie punter, and they’d tell you the season has little to do with birds and bees and everything to do with horses. And nothing celebrates spring and horses like the Melbourne Spring Carnival 2014. Just as caterpillars emerge from their cocoons as brightly coloured butterflies, women emerge from their homes wearing strange-looking, bright-coloured hats; and men dust off their ill-fitting suits while pondering how the fabric shrunk so badly over winter.

As far as racing goes, it doesn’t get any better than this: a 50-day extravaganza, beginning excitedly in mid-August with the PB Lawrence Stakes, peaking with the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival in early November and finishing with the Ballarat Cup later that month. The Carnival brings together Australia’s favourite pastimes – sport, socialising, and Spring Carnival betting in a heady mix of racing, fashion and fun. If we’re a nation that’s sporting mad, then this is annual evidence that we’re silly-hat-wearing, go-you-good-thing-screaming, horse poop crazy. Enjoy a solid program of racing meets across various metro and provincial tracks, showcasing the very best horses in Australia and from across the globe. And make sure you check out our Melbourne Cup 2014 markets and latest Spring Carnival odds!

When does the Spring Carnival start?

The Spring Carnival starts unofficially with the Bletchingly Stakes on Saturday July 26th 2014, at Caulfield Racecourse, and ends with the Ballarat Cup on Sunday November 23rd 2014.

Melbourne Spring Carnival BBQ Facts

  • There are 15 Group 1s in total over the course of the 50-day program.
  • Racing is good for retail: some 46,000 (silly) hats, 57,000 pairs of shoes and 30,000 handbags are sold.
  • Each major race has a signature flower. The yellow rose is the floral emblem of the Melbourne Cup. Watch out though, horses love chowing down on roses.

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What happened in the 2013 Spring Carnival?

The big one (The Melbourne Cup) was won by Fiorente, with Red Cadeaux in second, and Mount Athos in third, Simenon in fourth.

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