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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 20 February

Melbourne’s only G1 for the juveniles is a rich prize and comes up quite early in the 2yo season.

Like all the races for young horses, it is one Godolphin target and have won on multiple occasions. They did so in 2019 but it was via Anthony Freedman who only trains a handful of juveniles for the blue army.

A year later they had the favourite again but were run down by Tagaloa who was brave sitting wide on the speed. It was a surprise to most but not the trainers as we heard post-race.

2020 Blue Diamond Race Details:
TAGALOA (Michael Walker/Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young)
Barrier 4 - 56.5kg - $26
2nd Hanseatic (T Clark)/3rd Personal (C Williams)

Saturday 27 February

Only created as a feature race in 1986, there have been some top clashes over the mile. Few were better than Reset maintaining his unbeaten record over star colt Starcraft, who’d subsequently go on to win the AJC Derby.

Fillies had a poor record in it until recently when they’ve proven their Guineas wins were no fluke.

That was best emphasized when Mystic Journey became the pride of Tasmania as she strode clear for an easy win in a strongly run race. She’d take the first All-Star Mile as easily two weeks on.

Then last year there was plenty built up about a big clash of the 3yos but the Queenslander Alligator Blood was far too good finding the front and dominating the whole way.

2020 Australian Guineas Race Details:
ALLIGATOR BLOOD (Ryan Maloney/David Vandyke)
Barrier 2 - 56.5kg - $2.75 fav
2nd Superstorm (W Pike)/3rd Soul Patch (C Williams)

Saturday 6 March

The main WFA contest during the Victorian Autumn is run over the championship distance.

With it being conducted at Flemington, every horse gets its chance and the race is usually run at a cracking tempo. Melbourne Cup winners have had an excellent record in the race because of that fact.

For a WFA race though, there have been some monumental upsets in the Cup like Dandy Andy in 1988 and others recently too have been roughies.

Lindsay Park has a phenomenal record in this race and they made it three on the trot in 2020 when Fifty Stars came from near last to sweep home over the rivals.

2020 Australian Cup Race Details:
FIFTY STARS (John Allen/David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig)
Barrier 13 - 59.0kg - $7
2nd Regal Power (W Pike)/3rd Vow And Declare (C Williams)

Saturday 6 March

Regarded by most as the best sprint handicap in the world, it is the third leg of the Autumn G1 Sprint series in Melbourne.

Won by some legends of Australian sprinting in recent years including Black Caviar, Hay List, Miss Andretti and Takeover Target, it is a true test up the entire Flemington straight.

Many a great straight tracker has saluted in the Newmarket and it happened again in 2019 as the top filly Sunlight showed her love of Flemington.

Then another did even better last year as Bivouac sat on the speed and roared away. You knew he loved the ‘straight six’ as his subsequent VRC Sprint Classic was even more arrogant.

2020 Newmarket Hcp Race Details:
BIVOUAC (Glen Boss/James Cummings)
Barrier 6 - 54.0kg - $5.50
2nd Loving Gaby (C Williams)/3rd Gytrash (B Melham)

Saturday 20 March

The richest race for two year olds anywhere in the world, the Golden Slipper is the highlight of the Rosehill section of the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

Traditionally run at a hectic pace, there can be trouble but on many occasions the best horse has won anyway and we’ve seen some elite thoroughbreds take the prize recently with Pierro being the obvious example.

Nearly every winner since 2003 bar Vancouver has found the fence at some stage and it essentially happened again last year.

Tulloch Lodge has the storied history in this race with TJ Smith winning six of them but that was topped in 2020. His daughter Gai Waterhouse, combining this time with Adrian Bott, won it for the seventh time as Farnan led much of the way.

2020 Golden Slipper Race Details:
FARNAN (Hugh Bowman/Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott)
Barrier 12 - 56.5kg - $4.75 fav
2nd Away Game (G Boss)/3rd Mamaragan (N Rawiller)

Saturday 3 April

The premier Derby in Australia was upped to $2m as part of the first day of The Championships in the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

Sometimes a great pointer to races like the Caulfield Cup more than WFA contests to come, much of the form comes from the Rosehill Guineas - and yet before 2013, the previous dual winner was Sky Heights in 1999. Strangely it happened again in 2014.

While there have been some top recent winners, the 1996 edition will take some beating as it was the clash between Octagonal, Saintly, Filante and Nothin’ Leica Dane - some stars there.

The last four winners have all won the Tulloch and backed up to win the Derby. Quick Thinker added to the legend of Murray Baker in this race as he teamed again with Andrew Forsman, getting the colt to slog through the surface.

2020 ATC Australian Derby Race Details:
QUICK THINKER (Opie Bosson/Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman)
Barrier 6 - 56.5kg - $8
2nd Zebrowski (H Bowman)/3rd Eric The Eel (N Rawiller)

Saturday 3 April

While the TJ Smith Stakes only has a relatively short lifespan, it is now the pre-eminent G1 sprint race in the country, being at WFA.

Increased to $2.5m as part of The Championships, it has been the benchmark for most performances under a mile in Australia in recent years.

While it was hard to go past the end of an era as Black Caviar won her 25th and final race start in 2013, it was her win over Hay List in 2011 that must go down as one of the great races. Then we had the great Chautauqua going BOOM!!

The fastest sprinter in the land again stood out in 2020 when Nature Strip worked to the lead and kept running on the heavy track. He was unstoppable this day.

2020 TJ Smith Stakes Race Details:
NATURE STRIP (James McDonald/Chris Waller)
Barrier 1 - 58.5kg - $4.25 fav
2nd Santa Ana Lane (T Clark)/3rd Redzel (K McEvoy)

Saturday 3 April

The second leg of the Two Year Old Triple Crown, the Sires is, for most, their first attempt at the 1400m.

Golden Slipper winners had previously backed up and since 1990 seven times they’ve done the double. However in recent seasons few have tried off the Slipper despite there being a two week break.

Without that winner running in 2020, it was left to a well bred son of Redoute’s Choice, who had actually competed in the Slipper, that surged late.

King’s Legacy had to come from last but Hugh Bowman has an affinity with this race and he timed the run perfectly.

2020 ATC Sires Produce Stakes Race Details:
KING’S LEGACY (Hugh Bowman/Peter & Paul Snowden)
Barrier 8 - 56.5kg - $21
2nd Prague (B Avdulla)/3rd Mamaragan (N Rawiller)

Saturday 3 April

Probably the highlight of most Autumns, the Doncaster brings together the best horses in a handicap race over the famous Randwick mile.

Now worth a massive $3m, it doesn’t matter what barrier you draw as you just need momentum at the right time once you top the rise.

Two of the champs of the turf were dual winners of this race in the last 30 years as Sunline competed in three Doncasters for two wins and a second while one of the greatest milers of them all Super Impose started his string of four straight Randwick mile victories with the 1990 renewal.

There was a great story line in 2020 as first time G1 wins for the trainer and jockey were only superceded by the fact the horse, Nettoyer, had some rather extravagant eating habits and she got even more celebratory engagement here.

2020 Doncaster Mile Race Details:
NETTOYER (James Innes/Wendy Roche)
Barrier 8 - 51.5kg - $41
2nd Star Of The Seas (S Clipperton)/3rd Brandenburg (G Boss)

Saturday 10 April

The Sydney Cup has regained a lot of status in recent years with great contests.

The field sizes tell you as much and many of the big stables target the race again. We saw Chris Waller to the fore in 2019 following Winx’s 100th major as Shraaoh added another to that amazing list for the master trainer.

But he didn’t have a runner this time last year and it was kiwi form that stood up the best in what was a real attritional race.

Etah James had campaigned in Australia and at home in NZ during past preparations and she was very tough so the last bit of the two miles was very much in her domain. She needed that to be the case here.

2020 Sydney Cup Race Details:
ETAH JAMES (Glen Boss/Ciaron Maher & David Eustace)
Barrier 8 - 51.5kg - $13
2nd The Chosen One (K McEvoy)/3rd Raheen House (B Avdulla)

Saturday 10 April

One of the major alterations to the Sydney Autumn Carnival was the moving of the Queen Of The Turf from Rosehill to Randwick.

It provided a greater point of distinction between the Coolmore Classic at handicap status and the WFA version in this race - both of which were previously run a fortnight apart at the same track and distance.

Now a month apart, and 100m further, this provides a championship end for the girls.

Despite that difference, we had a dual winner in 2020 as Con Te Partiro clearly loved the damper tracks and she once again had their measure over the concluding stages.

2020 Coolmore Legacy Queen Of The Turf Stakes Race Details:
CON TE PARTIRO (Tim Clark/Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott)
Barrier 7 - 57.0kg - $9
2nd Funstar (J McDonald)/3rd Danzdanzdance (O Bosson)

Saturday 10 April

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes has changed for many reasons. The prize money not the least of that. But the race itself cannot get any more exciting from an historical standpoint than some of late.

Winx’s swansong was as big an occasion as the Everests have become and her 33rd win on the trot was incredible.

But a new guard had to take over and we saw a high quality field of international reckoning in 2020 with runners from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and England competing.

It was the English who triumphed as Addeybb proved the decision of William Haggas and team to send him down under was a great one. He lapped up the wet track and powered away. All that form turned superb the next Spring.

2020 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Race Details:
ADDEYBB (Tom Marquand/William Haggas)
Barrier 1 - 59.0kg - $4.25 fav
2nd Verry Elleegant (N Rawiller)/3rd Danon Premium (J McDonald)

Saturday 10 April

The best of the Oaks’ run in Australia, the Australian Oaks is at the right time of year for the fillies to have matured and show they will run the mile and a half right out.

There are many famous winners of the Oaks but ironically it was one that lost that holds most fascination. In 2015 this was the last race that Winx lost before her astonishing picket fence run of form to her finale.

This has become the race for the kiwis and while it wasn’t one trained over there, it was one who had raced there and ended up with Chris Waller with Verry Elleegant taking the Storm Queen/Australian Oaks double in 2019.

Then a year on it was a filly taking a far different route – coming via provincial lead ups before saluting in the Adrian Knox then backing up and thrashing them again as Colette won for Godolphin.

2020 ATC Australian Oaks Race Details:
COLETTE (Glen Boss/James Cummings)
Barrier 4 - 56.0kg - $3 fav
2nd Toffee Tongue (K McEvoy)/3rd Quintessa (N Rawiller)