The various Cup carnivals across Australia are some of the biggest events on the Australian racing calendar. The two biggest Cup carnivals are the Caulfield Cup Carnival and the Melbourne Cup Carnival, but there are other major Cup races and carnivals across Australia such as the Perth Cup Carnival, the Adelaide Cup, and the Australian Cup.
A feature of the major Cup carnivals compared to other racing carnivals is that they tend to feature many more major races than usual. While the average race day will struggle to have a Listed race as its feature, major Cup carnivals may have 4 to 7 Group level races on the day, with the Cup event as the feature race.
Another excellent feature of the major Cup carnivals is that they tend to draw a lot more betting action. This makes for very large prize pools on exotic bet types, which means huge payouts if a roughie wins the Cup event. For most horse racing fans, these massive betting pools are the best reason to follow Cup carnivals, as you can hardly find a better opportunity to have a punt.
Please browse the pages in our Cup carnivals section to learn more about Australia’s biggest and best Cup carnivals.