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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.

Saturday 3 October

The Epsom is one of the famous miles in this country and is a fast run handicap run from the best starting position in racing.

Over the last 25 years we've seen some high quality WFA stars like Racing To Win, Desert War, Shogun Lodge, Filante and Winx salute. The mighty Super Impose won this twice as part of his quartet of mile victories.

Like many of the Randwick miles, Chris Waller has been dominating them and he did it again with a progressive four year old in 2019.

Kolding got in with only 50.5kg and that made all the difference holding on from a strong finishing Te Akau Shark. He'd then win the inaugural Golden Eagle again with Glen Boss up.

2019 Race Details:
KOLDING (Glen Boss/Chris Waller)
Barrier 12 - 50.5kg - $5.50
2nd Te Akau Shark (J McDonald)/3rd Star Of The Seas (M Dee)

Saturday 3 October

The Flight is Sydney's semi-classic for the fillies and is a top race most seasons.

The last leg of the Princess Series, many top fillies win and then go on to be even better mares.

When the likes of Bounding Away, Research, Triscay, Slight Chance, Sunline, Ha Ha, Samantha Miss, More Joyous and Streama are on the honour roll, you know it's a good race.

A well-bred filly did it again in 2019 when Funstar led all the way in a small field. She beat home Probabeel who would go on to be her rival later in the season.

2019 Race Details:
FUNSTAR (James McDonald/Chris Waller)
Barrier 2 - 56.0kg - $1.70
2nd Probabeel (K McEvoy)/3rd Foxborough (J Ford)


WINNING BUSINESSBATH27 Sep 2020[R3] Kennards Ida Traill Cup Mdn

Saturday 3 October

The Metropolitan is a staying test that can throw up a good horse.

Before Equine Influenza struck, back to back Metrop winners went onto win the Caulfield Cup in the shape of Tawqeet and Railings.

Chris Waller had been able to win major races with horses coming from many places and he added Perth to the list in the 2019 Metrop.

Come Play With Me had been winning at home but was to be weighted out of staying handicaps and he got in well in Sydney. In a race with many across the track, Avdulla surged him through to just get in by a head.

2019 Race Details:
COME PLAY WITH ME (Brenton Avdulla/Chris Waller)
Barrier 3 - 54.0kg - $8.50
2nd Gallic Chieftain (T Berry)/3rd Sir Charles Road (A Adkins)

Saturday 10 October

A classic test for the 3yos, it often provides great theatre and/or great controversy.

A lot of the form in recent seasons has come from the Golden Rose as it strangely has been a northern state's race in contrast to most other Victorian G1s.

Who will forget the extraordinary win of God's Own after being knocked over three times or the Redoute's Choice/Testa Rossa war from the home turn.

Again a magnificent finish occurred in 2019 when Alligator Blood kicked well clear and looked home only for Super Seth to surge over the top and just get the bob on the line.

2019 Race Details:
SUPER SETH (Mark Zahra/Anthony Freedman)
Barrier 4 - 56.5kg - $7.50
2nd Alligator Blood (R Maloney)/3rd Groundswell (K McEvoy)

Saturday 10 October

The fillies in Melbourne are provided with their chance for a mile G1 but it's also an important Oaks lead up.

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.

Godolphin were to the fore once more in a major race as Flit got through a needle eye opening split in the last furlong to win by the slenderest of margins.

2019 Race Details:
FLIT (Hugh Bowman/James Cummings)
Barrier 2 - 55.5kg - $2.40
2nd Missile Mantra (D Lane)/3rd Southbank (J McDonald)

G1 2000m RANDWICK Saturday 10 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.

There was a really good clash of the horses who'd fight out the Sydney Autumn classics in 2019. Shadow Hero (Randwick Guineas) beat home Castelvecchio (Rosehill Guineas) while Quick Thinker (Australian Derby) was back in fifth.

2019 Race Details:
SHADOW HERO (Josh Parr/Mark Newnham)
Barrier 2 - 56.5kg - $1.90
2nd Castelvecchio (B Avdulla)/3rd Battenburg (R King)

Saturday 17 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 under a good weight for Pat Cosgrave the year before.

2019 Race Details:
MER DE GLACE (Damian Lane/Hisashi Shimizu)
Barrier 17 - 55.5kg - $8
2nd Vow And Declare (C Williams)/3rd Mirage Dancer (B Melham)

Friday 23 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.

Last year a filly won courtesy of a superb Craig Williams ride as Loving Gaby sat right with the leaders in a surprise and she stormed over the top.

2019 Race Details:
LOVING GABY (Craig Williams/Ciaron Maher & David Eustace)
Barrier 2 - 51.0kg - $7
2nd Vital Silver (B Melham)/3rd Anaheed (T Clark)

Saturday 24 October

Australasia's WFA Championship is no idol 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.

The global superstars rolled on when Japan's Lys Gracieux came from near last to circle the field and win with something in hand. She showed how good the form was by heading home and thrashing a great field in the Arima Kinen.

2019 Race Details:
LYS GRACIEUX (Damian Lane/Yoshito Yahagi)
Barrier 11 - 57.0kg - $2.50
2nd Castelvecchio (C Williams)/3rd Te Akau Shark (O Bosson)

Saturday 31 October

Victoria Derbies 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.

It was the old show back together again last year when Damien Oliver and the Freedman stable saluted with Warning winning by a good margin on a wet day.

2019 Race Details:
WARNING (Damien Oliver/Anthony Freedman)
Barrier 10 - 55.5kg - $9
2nd Southern Moon (B Egan)/3rd Soul Patch (D Dunn)

Tuesday 3 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.

With all this international success, it was a little Australian 4yo in 2019 in Vow And Declare who gave Craig Williams his first Cup after many years of trying with all the global entries chasing him late.

2019 Race Details:
VOW AND DECLARE (Craig Williams/Danny O'Brien)
Barrier 21 - 52.0kg - $11
2nd Prince Of Arran (M Walker)/3rd Il Paradiso (W Lordan)

Thursday 5 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.

In a huge week for both Damien Oliver and Danny O'Brien, they combined to win the Oaks by a widening margin as Miami Bound managed the Wakeful/Oaks double again.

2019 Race Details:
MIAMI BOUND (Damien Oliver/Danny O'Brien)
Barrier 7 - 55.5kg - $4.25
2nd Never Listen (D McLellan)/3rd Moonlight Maid (B Melham)

Saturday 7 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 the heavy track as he powered late to score in 2018.

A flying machine down from Sydney trotted down the outside rail as Nature Strip showed his love of the straight course to win in 2019.

2019 Race Details:
NATURE STRIP (James McDonald/Chris Waller)
Barrier 9 - 58.5kg - $3.50
2nd Loving Gaby (C Williams)/3rd In Her Time (B Avdulla)