February marks the return of Group 1 racing to Australia and the ramp up to key Autumn Racing and the Sydney Carnival across March and April. We take a look a look at what's on the racing Calendar and what to watch out for.

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 Racecourse

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

Royal Randwick

Apollo Stakes - Group 2 - $250,000

Light Fingers Stakes - Group 2 - $200,000

Flemington Racecourse

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

Caulfield Racecourse

Blue Diamond Stakes - Group 1 - $1,500,000

Futurity Stakes - Group 1 - $500,000

Oakleigh Plate - Group 1 - $500,000

Rosehill Racecourse

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 Racecourse

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

Royal Randwick

Surround Stakes - Group 1 - Randwick - $400,000

Chipping Norton Stakes - Group 1 - Randwick - $500,000

Flemington Racecourse

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. 

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