The Festival of Racing is upon us for 2018 and again promises to be an unmissable event, showcasing this season's best thoroughbred racing at Victoria’s most iconic racecourses from February 10 to March 24. Featuring the first Group 1 race meetings of the calendar year, the Festival of Racing is where the new stars of the track come out to play, with the $1.5 million Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes one of many highlights of the Festival.
An event like no other, the Festival of Racing is the ideal time to enjoy Group 1 racing, great food, fashion and entertainment, all in a relaxed atmosphere.
So gather your friends, and spread out on the front lawn at Caulfield, Flemington, The Valley or a country racecourse, because the races are calling!
With nine Group 1 races spanning the Festival of Racing, it's time to plan your Festival of Racing Calendar.
View Feature Races
Make a night of racing under the lights with a range of live entertainment that’ll set the pulses racing at The Valley, Cranbourne and Pakenham.
Experience Night Racing
Know your black type from your maiden? Handicap from weight for age? Here's our guide to help you decipher the language of racing.
Your Guide to Racing
A country cup day brings people together. It’s the biggest event of the year for locals, and it’s the best time to experience country hospitality for travellers.
Experience the Country Races
We've complied a list of established and emerging stars on and off the track for you to keep an eye out for during the Festival of Racing.
View our stars
Pack a picnic, or even a full esky at BYO picnic venues and enjoy racing at its most relaxed during the Festival of Racing.
Experience the Picnic Races
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15 February, 2018
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8 February, 2018