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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.

Manikato Stakes 2018


Hey Doc holds on in the Manikato Stakes

G1 1200m MOONEE VALLEY
Friday 26 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.

Chautauqua was a late scratching at the gates and there was more controversy with another protest but Hey Doc scored another upset during the Spring by going to the front and holding them off.

2017 Race Details:
HEY DOC (Luke Currie/Tony McEvoy)
Barrier 8 - 58.5kg - $21
2nd In Her Time (C Brown)/3rd Malaguerra (D Oliver)

Cox Plate 2018

G1 2040m MOONEE VALLEY
Saturday 27 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.

International acclaim was to occur in 2014 as Ryan Moore circled the field on Adelaide for Ballydoyle taking their first feature in Australia.

However the modern day legend of the turf Winx equalled the 'King' when she got her three-peat of Cox Plates. Hugh Bowman took no risks but when Humidor ranged up it looked in doubt. Her staying ability kicked in as the Valley rocked.

2017 Race Details:
WINX (Hugh Bowman/Chris Waller)
Barrier 5 - 57.0kg - $1.18 fav
2nd Humidor (B Shinn)/3rd Folkswood (K McEvoy)

Victoria Derby 2018


Ace High was so strong in
the Victoria Derby

G1 2500m FLEMINGTON
Saturday 3 November


Victoria Derbies are for the 3yos to determine who is the best stayer at the time although there have been 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.

Following his nose win in the Spring Champion, Ace High was able to sit three wide at Flemington and surged over the rivals despite having no love from the punters. It continued David Payne's horses running big races in the Derby.

2017 Race Details:
ACE HIGH (Tye Angland/David Payne)
Barrier 3 - 55.5kg - $7 fav
2nd Sully (H Bowman)/3rd Astoria (D Lane)

Melbourne Cup 2018

G1 3200m FLEMINGTON
Tuesday 6 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 giving Luca Cumani back to back second placings. 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 last year (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.

2017 Race Details:
REKINDLING (Corey Brown/Joseph O'Brien)
Barrier 4 - 51.5kg - $15
2nd Johannes Vermeer (B Melham)/3rd Max Dynamite (Z Purton)

Vrc Oaks 2018


Pinot strides clear to win the VRC Oaks

G1 2500m FLEMINGTON
Thursday 8 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 as Pinot was too tough after the short favourite Aloisia had plenty of issues before and after they jumped.

2017 Race Details:
PINOT (Stephen Baster/Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott)
Barrier 6 - 55.5kg - $5.50
2nd Bring Me Roses (L Currie)/3rd Hiyaam (M Dee)

Darley Classic 2018


Redzel flies down the outside fence
in the Darley Classic

G1 1200m FLEMINGTON
Saturday 10 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.

While his sojourn south didn't work out as hoped, four great sprinters went toe to toe with Terravista taking a late split to win the big prize.

Last year was an amazing aftermath to the hype of The Everest. Redzel won the huge prize at Randwick and backed it up down the straight coming down the outside fence, beating a host of G1 winners.

2017 Race Details:
REDZEL (Kerrin McEvoy/Peter & Paul Snowden)
Barrier 9 - 58.5kg - $4 fav
2nd Terravista (B Avdulla)/3rd Impending (C Brown)

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