Most Australian horse racing fans will tell you that any race they attend is essential to them. Many races are run throughout the year in this country, as it is a favourite sport of many.
Every year there is high anticipation about who is going to come out victorious in the Melbourne Cup. For many, just the thrill of being able to attend this race is enough for them. For those participating in the race itself, and of course for the owner of the horse, it is the anticipation of the big prize money. Throughout each year, this is a prize that grows exponentially. In 2004, the pot up for grabs was $4600000 which rose all the way to $7300000 for 2018. As many are aware, the winner for the 2018 Melbourne Cup was Cross Counter, who created the most exciting moments of the race, coming from the near rear to the top of the straight, to bring the race home.
Another much-anticipated race is the Caulfield Cup. This is a race that is run under handicapped conditions and comprised of thoroughbred racehorses. It is a group one Melbourne racing club event. It is considered to be one of the richest races, not only in Australia as it pertains to thoroughbreds, but throughout the world. The Caulfield Cup is an annual race that draws a big crowd full of enthusiasm. This race has had many astounding, and notable events take place throughout its existence. One of the saddest events, and considered to be the worst in Australian history when it comes to falls, took place in 1885. The unfortunate event that took place here was when 44 of the competing horses took a fall, which resulted in the death of one of the jockeys.
Golden Slipper Stakes
For those that enjoy watching the two-year-old thoroughbred races, then they will want to observe the Golden Slipper Stakes. This is an Australian turf club race in the group one category. It is considered to be the most important two-year-old race in Australia, and it is the richest race when it comes to the horses in this age group.