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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 1200m CAULFIELD
Saturday 22 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.

This one however went to Anthony Freedman who only trained a handful of juveniles for the blue army.

Lyre brought in good form but still was not the favourite in an open race. She got back in the field but Luke Currie allowed her to wind up the centre of Caulfield and she ran away late.

2019 Blue Diamond Race Details:
LYRE (Luke Currie/Anthony Freedman)
Barrier 5 - 54.5kg - $7.50
2nd Lankan Star (D Oliver)/3rd Free Of Debt (M Walker)

G1 1600m FLEMINGTON
Saturday 29 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 last year when Mystic Journey became the pride of Tasmania as she strode clear for an easy win in a strongly run race.

With the new race, the All-Star Mile on a fortnight later, she had to then take the big step against open company but proved that no dramas, winning that $5m race just as comprehensively.

2019 Australian Guineas Race Details:
MYSTIC JOURNEY (Anthony Darmanin/Adam Trinder)
Barrier 1 - 54.5kg - $4 fav
2nd Hawkshot (M Zahra)/3rd Amphitrite (C Williams)

G1 2000m FLEMINGTON
Saturday 7 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 the last two have been won by roughies.

In fact it was the same horse as Harlem became the first dual winner since the great Northerly in 2003. Harlem won in exactly the same fashion, sitting behind the leaders, getting clear once straightened up and then holding on.

2019 Australian Cup Race Details:
HARLEM (Jamie Kah/David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig)
Barrier 4 - 59.0kg - $31
2nd Shillelagh (C Williams)/3rd Trap For Fools (J Allen)

G1 1200m FLEMINGTON
Saturday 7 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.

Racing right on the speed under Barend Vorster, she gave a strong kick under the light weight and held off all the Everest horses from the previous edition.

2019 Newmarket Hcp Race Details:
SUNLIGHT (Barend Vorster/Tony McEvoy)
Barrier 8 - 50.5kg - $13
2nd Osborne Bulls (H Bowman)/3rd Brave Smash (D Oliver)

G1 1200m ROSEHILL
Saturday 21 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.

Every winner since 2003 bar Vancouver in 2015 has found the fence at some stage and it happened again last year.

From the wide draw, Kiamichi crossed over on the very wet ground to lead as she backed up from the Magic Night the week before. Nobody gave her much chance but she led home a Godolphin trifecta.

It gave Damian Lane what would be the start of one of the great seasons winning a Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate as well as several major overseas races.

2019 Golden Slipper Race Details:
KIAMICHI (Damian Lane/James Cummings)
Barrier 14 - 54.5kg - $26
2nd Microphone (H Bowman)/3rd Lyre (L Currie)

G1 2400m RANDWICK
Saturday 4 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 three winners have all won the Tulloch and backed up to win the Derby. They include Angel Of Truth who led all the way. Corey Brown rated him superbly and gave Gwenda Markwell a winner in a race she could/should well have won 15 years before.

2019 ATC Australian Derby Race Details:
ANGEL OF TRUTH (Corey Brown/Gwenda Markwell)
Barrier 4 - 56.5kg - $15
2nd Madison County (T Berry)/3rd Surely Sacred (D Lane)

G1 1600m RANDWICK
Saturday 4 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 the greatest miler of them all Super Impose started his string of four straight Randwick miles victories with the 1990 renewal.

It was the 3yos who got back into the frame last year when Brutal carried a feather weight to score for the Hawkes Team.

He and Dreamforce came through placing to Winx in the George Ryder and they would keep their formation going in the big mile as Glen Boss won his seventh Doncaster.

2019 Doncaster Mile Race Details:
BRUTAL (Glen Boss/Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes)
Barrier 18 - 49.5kg - $6.50
2nd Dreamforce (D Lane)/3rd Hartnell (H Bowman)

G1 1200m RANDWICK
Saturday 4 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!!

Class was again to the fore in 2019 as the constantly overlooked Santa Ana Lane went crunch at the 300m and blew away a top field. Quality horses were left floundering as Santa won eased down.

2019 TJ Smith Stakes Race Details:
SANTA ANA LANE (Mark Zahra/Anthony Freedman)
Barrier 8 - 58.5kg - $7.50
2nd Osborne Bulls (H Bowman)/3rd Sunlight (L Currie)

G1 1400m RANDWICK
Saturday 4 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.

Godolphin was having a great run with the youngsters having trifectad the Slipper and the winner did in fact run here. But it was a filly winner so they would prefer the colt to win.

Well Microphone made the necessary improvement under Hugh Bowman to surge under the field and win his G1. What made the win better was that the placegetters would go on to be stars in the Spring.

2019 ATC Sires Produce Stakes Race Details:
MICROPHONE (Hugh Bowman/James Cummings)
Barrier 9 - 56.5kg - $4.50
2nd Loving Gaby (J McDonald)/3rd Castelvecchio (J Parr)

G1 2400m RANDWICK
Saturday 11 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.

Verry Elleegant did what no filly had done in 11 years by winning the Storm Queen/Australian Oaks double. And she did it with some ease.

2019 ATC Australian Oaks Race Details:
VERRY ELLEEGANT (James McDonald/Chris Waller)
Barrier 11 - 56.0kg - $2 fav
2nd Scarlet Dream (B Shinn)/3rd Frankely Awesome (H Bowman)

G1 3200m RANDWICK
Saturday 11 April


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

There were 20 of the marathon stayers going around in 2019 and yet again it was Chris Waller to the fore.

Winx had just won his 100th major and Shraaoh added another to that amazing list for the master trainer.

The light weighted import had a soft run all the way and took inside runs as more favoured rivals simply never came into it. All the kiwis chased but it was Jay Ford winning again on the big stage at Randwick.

2019 Sydney Cup Race Details:
SHRAAOH (Jay Ford/Chris Waller)
Barrier 3 - 51.0kg - $12
2nd Vengeur Masque (D Oliver)/3rd Glory Days (C Brown)

G1 1600m RANDWICK
Saturday 11 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.

An upset occurred last year when Kenedna drove through the pack to score over some G1 winners. She had shown good ability before but not at this level. It proved to be no fluke as she won the Doomben Cup two runs later.

2019 Coolmore Legacy Queen Of The Turf Stakes Race Details:
KENEDNA (John Allen/Ciaron Maher & David Eustace)
Barrier 8 - 57.0kg - $26
2nd Dixie Blossoms (C Reith)/3rd Unforgotten (J McDonald)

G1 2000m RANDWICK
Saturday 11 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 last year.

Winx had won the race the previous two seasons but this one meant much more - it was her swansong.

33 wins on the trot was on the line as well as everything that came with the end of her grand career and she didn't let anybody down.

As she strode to the lead around the corner, the 40 odd thousand at Randwick lifted with Hugh Bowman and she got those pistons working as she had done all those times before.

It also gave Chris Waller his 100th Group 1 win. The synergy and timing gave the day even more meaning.

2019 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Race Details:
WINX (Hugh Bowman/Chris Waller)
Barrier 9 - 57.0kg - $1.06 fav
2nd Kluger (T Berry)/3rd Hartnell (K McEvoy)

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