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One of the big attractions during carnival time, when the feature races are conducted mainly in Melbourne and Sydney, is placing a Pre-Post bet.

Using the technology at our disposal, Racing And Sports will display all the early nominations for the major races within one clearly defined webpage. They have been collated for you on our Feature Race Runners list where we track their entries as the days get closer to the big event. As well as notifying punters of the noms, we also provide for you a direct link to every horse via our extensive and expanding form database.

As a reference, below you’ll find the details of the most recent renewal of the specific Group One race, the video of that race and the last decade of winners.

Plus, there is the associated Betfair price for the specific feature race. We hope you enjoy this addition to your betting strategies during carnival time from all of us here at Racing And Sports.

Please Note: Some races that do not have finalised nominations with have a notifier of the time that this is to occur.

G1 1600m CAULFIELD Wednesday 12 October

The fillies in Melbourne are provided with their chance for a mile G1 but it’s also an important Oaks lead up in a race now back to the midweek placement.

And what a record it has been in recent years with the likes of Miss Finland, Special Harmony, Magical Miss, Northwood Plume, Arborea, Richfield Lady and Tristanagh all taking the double in the last 30 years.

We saw half-sisters Atlantic Jewel and Commanding Jewel win in consecutive years and Fastnet Rock won another edition when Amicus sat on the speed in the first running of the race to be held on Caulfield Guineas day.

Being bred in the purple means winning a G1 is a massive deal and Yearning did just that coming from well off the pace to charge over the field at big odds.

2021 Race Details:
YEARNING (Damien Thornton/Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes)
Barrier 7 - 56.0kg - $26.00
2nd Elusive Express (J McNeil)/3rd Barb Raider (C Williams)

G1 2400m CAULFIELD Saturday 15 October

Victoria in the Spring is all about the staying handicaps and the Caulfield Cup is the first of the big two.

In some ways for a while it was showing up more of the quality stayers in the country than the Melbourne Cup. Within 30 years we’ve seen the likes of Elvstroem, Mummify, Ethereal, Sky Heights, Doriemus and two legends in Northerly and Might and Power score sensational wins.

There have been five international winners in just over a decade after Godolphin’s first major in Australia in 2008 as the royal blue of All The Good surged home with local boy Kerrin McEvoy aboard.

Then the mighty French stayer Dunaden did what Viewed had done three years before in coming back from a Melbourne Cup to take the Caulfield Cup with a withering burst. Japan got on the board with a dramatic surge from Admire Rakti and then again with Mer De Glace in 2019. Godolphin again had Best Solution put up such a brave run to hold on by a nose.

A great story came from the win of Incentivise as the ex-Queenslander confirmed it was his Spring with a barnstorming victory for his ninth win in a row.

2021 Race Details:
INCENTIVISE (Brett Prebble/Peter Moody)
Barrier 18 - 55.5kg - $2.25
2nd Nonconformist (C Williams)/3rd Persan (L Meech)

G1 1200m MOONEE VALLEY Friday 21 October

Only moved to Cox Plate eve in 2012, the Manikato gained a big prize money boost and a top field assembled.

It’s been previously won by some of the best horses around with Dual Choice, Manikato (himself), Strawberry Road, Rubiton, Dane Ripper, Redoute’s Choice, Sunline, Miss Andretti, Hay List and Sepoy all taking the prize.

When Buffering won his first G1, there were amazing scenes but it will be hard to top the theatre, both during and after the race, of 2014 when Lankan Rupee led home a swarm of rivals and then survived a long protest hearing to take the win.

Well it was another Queenslander in 2021 as Jonker fell in after leading all the way. And a doubling of the prizemoney means more drama is in store this year.

2021 Race Details:
JONKER (Daniel Moor/Tony Gollan)
Barrier 4 - 58.5kg - $5.50
2nd Bella Nipotina (John Allen)/3rd Ingratiating (C Williams)

G1 2040m MOONEE VALLEY Saturday 22 October

Australasia’s WFA Championship is no idle boast. It’s just over two minutes of great drama with the rough and tumble of the equines around the tight Moonee Valley course.

Many of the absolute champions of the turf have won this race with Phar Lap, Tulloch and Kingston Town amongst them. Besides the King’s trifecta there’s also been Super Impose’s mayhem Plate, the earth rumbling for Might and Power, Sunline and Northerly’s dual wins and Makybe Diva’s affirmation. Then there was Bonecrusher vs Our Waverley Star racing into equine immortality.

We thought we’d seen it all until Bart produced a fifth starter to score in the second fastest Plate in history with So You Think utterly dominant then he backed it up twelve months on. However Winx winning four straight will never be eclipsed.

There was more international interest in 2021 as Joseph O’Brien’s State Of Rest came off winning a Saratoga Derby to score in controversial fashion over a local 3yo. He’d confirm the form though back in Europe winning races like the Prix Ganay and the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

2021 Race Details:
STATE OF REST (John Allen/Joseph O’Brien)
Barrier 6 - 56.5kg - $7.50
2nd Anamoe (C Williams)/3rd Verry Elleegant (D Lane)

G1 2000m RANDWICK Saturday 22 October

The main race for the staying 3yos in the Sydney Spring is the Spring Champion Stakes.

It was originally known as the Australasian Champion Stakes before it swapped with the AJC Derby and that race became the major Autumn G1 classic.

So many good ones have tasted success in it when it moved to the Spring such as Kingston Town, Beau Zam, Tie The Knot and Dundeel to name a few.

This year it will be run much later in the carnival and it was won by a superbly bred colt in 2021 as Profondo showed all those Japanese bloodlines as he roared away from the other 3yos.

2021 Race Details:
PROFONDO (Robbie Dolan/Richard Litt)
Barrier 9 - 56.5kg - $2.75
2nd Never Been Kissed (R Bayliss)/3rd Alegron (K McEvoy)

G1 2500m FLEMINGTON Saturday 29 October

Victoria Derbys are for the 3yos to determine who is the best stayer at the time although there are often calls for a reduction in distance back to 2000m.

Whatever it is over, the Derby is the main spectacle on the first day of the VRC Cup Carnival. Efficient won the Derby in 2006 and came back a year later to add the Cup to the Lloyd Williams mantelpiece.

New Zealand took three in a row with Monaco Consul, Lion Tamer and Sangster all winning the Blue Riband. The race has been won by maidens in the past and another scored in 2014 as Preferment surged late as he had done in the Geelong Classic but this time he won by a head.

We saw a classic staying performance from an unclassical training performance as Hitotsu was just third up off his effort in the Guineas to surge away in 2021. He showed how good he was by doing the same thing in the Autumn at Randwick.

2021 Race Details:
HITOTSU (John Allen/Ciaron Maher & David Eustace)
Barrier 6 - 57.0kg - $4.00
2nd Alegron (B Prebble)/3rd Teewaters (D Bates)

1500m ROSEHILL Saturday 29 October

Racing NSW decided that one way to keep the best of the 3yos in training was to develop a new race for the new season 4yos.

So the Golden Eagle was created and run at the end of October at Rosehill over 1500m now worth $10million.

In its first year the Epsom winner Kolding dropped back and scored and then in the second it was another G1 winner Colette that won the prize.

Making in three G1ers on the bounce, Victorian I’m Thunderstruck just got home after taking the Toorak Handicap in a great drive to the line.

2021 Race Details:
I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (Hugh Bowman/Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr)
Barrier 8 - 57.5kg - $3.50
2nd Count De Rupee (B Ryan)/3rd Vangelic (T Clark)

G1 3200m FLEMINGTON Tuesday 1 November

The Melbourne Cup - you don’t need to say much more. Its history is its shining light.

And the one who shines brightest won it for the 12th time in 2008 as Bart conjured Viewed to win the Cup by a nose from Bauer. It may be a handicap but it’s the race every Australian owner wants to win just to say you are part of that history.

Doubtful we’ll see another Champion become a Legend in our lifetimes like Makybe Diva but we love the Cup anyway.

After back to back French winners, it was a former English trained horse, then at Mt Macedon, who won in a decisive manner in 2012. Green Moon was already a Turnbull winner but after disappointment as Cox Plate favourite, he loved the firm ground and the light weight at Flemington.

Fiorente made it another ex-Euro giving Gai Waterhouse her biggest success before a locally owned but overseas trained horse in Protectionist provided Germany with its first victory in the race that stops a nation and gave Ryan Moore the big double. He beat the gallant Red Cadeaux who was second again.

2015 saw more history made as a woman jockey won for the first time bringing a 100-1 shot up the centre. Prince Of Penzance took on a tough field of stayers but it was run very slowly. There were amazing scenes.

Lloyd Williams won another Cup as Rekindling gave Joseph O’Brien the win his father had sought several times and then another Euro 3yo would give Godolphin their first Cup as Cross Counter surged home from near last in 2018.

One of the greats of the turf sealed her status in history as Verry Elleegant strode clear under a big weight to take the 2021 edition. It also gave Chris Waller and James McDonald their first Cup wins.

2021 Race Details:
VERRY ELLEEGANT (James McDonald/Chris Waller)
Barrier 18 - 57.0kg - $17
2nd Incentivise (B Prebble)/3rd Spanish Mission (C Williams)

G1 2500m FLEMINGTON Thursday 3 November

While the Derby has seen upsets, the Oaks is usually the domain for favoured fillies. Not so in 2016.

So many have been at or around even money and have gotten the chocolates. Not many in recent times have been as impressive as Samantha Miss who played with them after taking the Princess Series in Sydney.

Ciaron Maher would make it consecutive wins in the Oaks as Jameka followed a Vase victory with a strong win at headquarters.

Once again the famous Wakeful Stakes/VRC Oaks double was successfully achieved as Godolphin’s Willowy outstayed the rest giving Damien Oliver another Classic.

2021 Race Details:
WILLOWY (Damien Oliver/James Cummings)
Barrier 2 - 56.0kg - $3.75
2nd Douceur (M Dee)/3rd Biscayne Bay (H Bowman)

G1 1200m FLEMINGTON Saturday 5 November

The best WFA sprint of the Melbourne Spring is held on the last day of the carnival.

While officialdom was not pleased, all the connections of the best sprinters around were happy to see Black Caviar not back to make it a trifecta of wins in the race in 2012.

Buffering confirmed his first G1 was no fluke by winning the straight sprint in 2013 and then in 2014 we saw the replay of the Manikato. Then elite sprinter Santa Ana Lane would prove his Everest defeat was likely caused by the heavy track as he powered late to score in 2018.

Yet again it was the Everest form that was seen to the fore as Nature Strip easily confirmed his great win at Randwick with an even more emphatic one at Flemington.

2021 Race Details:
NATURE STRIP (James McDonald/Chris Waller)
Barrier 2 - 58.5kg - $1.30
2nd Swats That (H Bowman)/3rd Bella Nipotina (J McNeil)