Top quality racing definitely returns with a bang in February where there are seven Group 1 titles up for grabs as well as over $6m in prize money available for entrants.
It doesn’t take long to get into quality horse racing with the first Saturday of the month delivering eight black type races with the feature being the C.F Orr Stakes over 1400m.
Saturday 6th February - Key Race:
C.F. Orr Stakes - Group 1 - $500,000 Prize Money
We make a quick hop across the Tasman a day later when Hobart plays host to its Hobart Cup race day with the feature running over 2400m.
Sunday 7th February - Key Race
Hobart Cup - Group 3 - $200,000 Prize Money
The weekend of the 13th really signifies a ramp up in races as we see the sprint features of the Lightning and Light Fingers taking place in New South Wales and Victoria.
Saturday 13th February - Key Race
Apollo Stakes - Group 2 - $250,000
Light Fingers Stakes - Group 2 - $200,000
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes - Group 1 - $750,000
C.S. Hayes Stakes - Group 2 - $160,000
A big day at Caulfield towards the end of the month as the Victorian racecourse hosts Blue Diamond day which features no less than 3 Group 1 titles.
Saturday 20th February - Key Race
Blue Diamond Stakes - Group 1 - $1,500,000
Futurity Stakes - Group 1 - $500,000
Oakleigh Plate - Group 1 - $500,000
Silver Slipper Stakes - Group 2 - $250,000
We head back across the Tasman for a stand alone race day in Tasmania that features the Launceston Cup over 2400m.
Wednesday 24th February - Key Race
Launceston Cup - Group 3 - $200,000
The month rounds out with trips to racing HQ in both states with the Australian Guineas and Chipping Norton headlining on the final Saturday race day of the month.
Saturday 27th February - Key Race
Surround Stakes - Group 1 - Randwick - $400,000
Chipping Norton Stakes - Group 1 - Randwick - $500,000
Australian Guineas - Group 1 - Flemington - $500,000
Our highlight has to be the Blue Diamond and the Maher and Eustace Filly Enthaar looking every bit a talent for years to come.