Nine Group 1 races were run and won during the Festival of Racing, with Lindsay Park's Redkirk Warrior creating history as the first horse to win back-to-back Newmarket Handicaps. There were plenty of stories to emerge from this year's Festival of Racing. Craig Williams was the pick of the jockeys, turning back the clock, steering home two Group 1 winners aboard Hartnell and Brave Smash in the C.F. Orr Stakes and Futurity Stakes respectively. 

The feelgood story was undoubtedly homebred colt, Written By. Having overcome a wide draw and an equally-ride run, Jordan Childs crushed his rivals as he and the two-year-old colt launched into an epic sprint to take home the Blue Diamond Stakes for trainer Grahame Begg.

Victorian racegoers also said goodbye and farewell to the much-loved seven year-old stallion, Tosen Stardom who has retired from racing to take on stud duties. He failed to salute for a fairy tale send off during the Festival of Racing, but his herorics from the Spring Racing Carnival in 2017 won't be forgotten.