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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 28 September

The Golden Rose has become one of the elite G1s of the Spring even though it is the first one for the 3yos conducted.

Many runners in the race have gone onto win other majors during their respective Springs but future elite horses have also emanated from the beaten entries.

Godolphin has an impressive record with Exosphere and Astern recently. They came from well back, rounded them up and ran on by.

Elite sprinter Trapeze Artist backed up his Golden Rose win with multiple G1s as a sprinter and against the older horses too.

Probably the best of all the winners was The Autumn Sun who last year bounced back from what would end up his only career defeat to run on brilliantly to score. He'd then win the Caulfield Guineas in a cake walk next outing.

2018 Race Details:
THE AUTUMN SUN (Kerrin McEvoy/Chris Waller)
Barrier 9 - 56.5kg - $4.50
2nd Zousain (J McDonald)/3rd Graff (J Collett)

Saturday 5 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.

While mares haven't had a great record (2 wins since 1976), it's been the first lady of racing who has dominated this with seven winners of the race from 1997 onwards.

Showing the strength of the race, the last four years have been won by horses carrying 56kg or more. Hartnell added to that with his last stride bob of the head win for Hugh Bowman in 2018.

2018 Race Details:
HARTNELL (Hugh Bowman/James Cummings)
Barrier 10 - 57.0kg - $21
2nd D'Argento (J McDonald)/3rd Unforgotten (K McEvoy)

Saturday 5 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.

Then in 2012 Glencadam Gold came off a Newcastle Cup win to score easily. He was then disappointing as favourite in the Caulfield Cup before getting back on track with a top 6th in the big one at Flemington alongside second placed Kelinni who beat him home in the Cup.

Strong staying stables have won in recent years with Lloyd Williams having two wins and also Chris Waller with a couple including the tough Patrick Erin.

2018 Race Details:
PATRICK ERIN (Corey Brown/Chris Waller)
Barrier 4 - 51.0kg - $16
2nd Brimham Rocks (K McEvoy)/3rd Sikandarabad (J McNeil)

Saturday 5 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.

2018 witnessed a classic finish as six fillies were separated by about a length. Oohood put her nose down on the line and that was the start of a big season for Tony McEvoy.

2018 Race Details:
OOHOOD (Tim Clark/Tony McEvoy)
Barrier 11 - 56.0kg - $13
2nd Fiesta (H Bowman)/3rd Nakeeta Jane (J Parr)

Saturday 12 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.

Coming from dead last around the corner, Amphitrite bloused her rivals in the last few strides to beat some nice fillies home in 2018.

2018 Race Details:
AMPHITRITE (Craig Williams/Darren Weir)
Barrier 15 - 55.5kg - $13
2nd Fundamentalist (L Nolen)/3rd Seabrook (D Dunn)

Saturday 12 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.

We saw another great battle when All Too Hard ran down Pierro and a similar situation occurred when Shooting To Win nabbed Rich Enuff late.

Class was to the fore last year as The Autumn Sun proved he was far too good for his fellow 3yos and smacked them despite being wide the trip. He'd go on to further glory in the Autumn before his retirement.

2018 Race Details:
THE AUTUMN SUN (James McDonald/Chris Waller)
Barrier 5 - 56.5kg - $1.72 fav
2nd Vassilator (B Mertens)/3rd Oohood (L Currie)

Saturday 19 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 25 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 four 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 before his sad demise at Flemington.

Then last year it was Godolphin again as Best Solution put up such a brave run to hold on by a nose under a good weight for Pat Cosgrave.

2018 Race Details:
BEST SOLUTION (Pat Cosgrave/Saeed Bin Suroor)
Barrier 15 - 57.5kg - $12
2nd Homesman (B Melham)/3rd The Cliffsofmoher (H Bowman)

Friday 25 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.

A field in 2018 which contained no fewer than four Aidan O'Brien sprinters, saw Brave Smash hold them off in a big win for connections.

2018 Race Details:
BRAVE SMASH (Hugh Bowman/Darren Weir)
Barrier 9 - 58.5kg - $8.50
2nd Spirit Of Valor (O Murphy)/3rd Kementari (G Schofield)

Saturday 26 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 a modern day legend of the turf not just equalled the 'King' but went past him as Winx won her fourth Cox Plate in 2018. We won't see that again as the great mare sat back, moved into the race by the school and held her rivals to the roar of the crowd.

2018 Race Details:
WINX (Hugh Bowman/Chris Waller)
Barrier 6 - 57.0kg - $1.25 fav
2nd Benbatl (O Murphy)/3rd Humidor (D Lane)

Saturday 2 November

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.

Extra Brut in his first campaign would win last year coming with a well-timed run under John Allen.

2018 Race Details:
EXTRA BRUT (John Allen/Darren Weir)
Barrier 13 - 55.5kg - $10
2nd Stars Of Carrum (B Melham)/3rd Chapada (J McDonald)

Tuesday 5 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 (and two in a row plus the quinella) as Rekindling gave Joseph O'Brien the win his father had sought several times. It was an all Irish trained trifecta. Then another Euro 3yo would give Godophin their first Cup as Cross Counter surged home from near last in 2018.

2018 Race Details:
CROSS COUNTER (Kerrin McEvoy/Charlie Appleby)
Barrier 19 - 51.0kg - $9
2nd Marmelo (H Bowman)/3rd A Prince Of Arran (M Walker)

Thursday 7 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.

Mosheen was a recent winner who would go onto good success following her big win at Flemington and in 2014 we saw Set Square win the race at her fourth start.

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

Gai Waterhouse had chased big race success at Flemington and in 2017 completed the big-race set (with Adrian Bott now) with a win in the Oaks for Pinot. A year later another training partnership of Ellerton/Zahra got Aristia to win.

2018 Race Details:
ARISTIA (Damian Lane/Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra)
Barrier 4 - 55.5kg - $5.50
2nd Greysful Glamour (T Clark)/3rd Miner's Miss (M Payne)

Saturday 9 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 but had added spice with international interest from Slade Power.

An elite sprinter Santa Ana Lane would prove his Everest defeat was likely the heavy track as he powered late to score in 2018. He kept winning G1s at around double figures or above.

2018 Race Details:
SANTA ANA LANE (Mark Zahra/Anthony Freedman)
Barrier 5 - 58.5kg - $10
2nd In Her Time (C Brown)/D/H 3rd Jungle Cat (W Buick)-Pierata (T Berry)