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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 MOONEE VALLEY
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)

G1 2040m MOONEE VALLEY
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)

G1 2500m FLEMINGTON
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)

G1 3200m FLEMINGTON
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)

FEATURE RACES RUNNERS MELBOURNE CUP 2019

Horse Course Date Race
BONDEIGER HSHM 20 Oct 2019 [R6] Miller's Horsham Cup
EMINENCE GNA 20 Oct 2019 [R8] Inns Of Court Handicap
RUNAWAY SEYM 20 Oct 2019 [R7] Bet365 Seymour Cup

G1 2500m FLEMINGTON
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)

FEATURE RACES RUNNERS VRC OAKS 2019

Horse Course Date Race
PALURIEN WYNG 20 Oct 2019 [R7] Petro National Hcp (C1)
MISS HARRIETTE MORN 21 Oct 2019 [R1] Ladbrokes Penin. Cup Nov 3 Mdn

G1 1200m FLEMINGTON
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)

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