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    Posted: 12 Mar 2019 at 5:23pm
Ok. So i grew up loving the Melbourne Cup but in recent years I've completely gone off it. Too many Internationals, lining up form etc etc.

So my 5 favorite races that i look forward to, in order, are as follows;

Cox Plate
Doncaster
VRC Sprint
Queen Elizabeth
Newmarket.

Yours? No right or wrong here, just opinion!
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Depends entirely on who is in the race.
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Of course that increases or decreases the appeal.

The question is on a yearly basis disregarding individual cases of star horses
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Good thread.  Hope there's plenty of responses.
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Cox Plate
Golden Slipper
All Star Mile
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All Star Mile?
Surely taking the piss....ha
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The golden slipper. As a child it was my birthday treat. A great day and race.
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It says favorite.
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Originally posted by furious furious wrote:

The golden slipper. As a child it was my birthday treat. A great day and race.


That's interesting as I've never been that interested in the Slipper.

But with those memories no wonder is a special race to you. That's what i was looking for.
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Melbourne Cup
Caulfield Cup
Doncaster Handicap
Newmarket Handicap
TJ Smith Stakes
The Spring Stake Newcastle.



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Breeders Plate
Gimcrack Stk.
G. Slipper
Epsom
AJC Derby
Doncaster.



Love em all , can't split fwiw.
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Yeah i probably forgot the Caulfield Cup a little.

Always a great race
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Just to be different

1. Grand Annual at the Bool / May Carnival
2. Swan Hill carnival in June
3. Oakbank at Easter
4. Casterton Cup Day
5. Dederang Picnics
Karl and Susan Kennedy are my heroes
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Originally posted by Xavier Xavier wrote:

Just to be different

1. Grand Annual at the Bool / May Carnival
2. Swan Hill carnival in June
3. Oakbank at Easter
4. Casterton Cup Day
5. Dederang Picnics


Never been to zny but I'm sure great days!

Down here in Tassie the Hobart Cup (where i am) is pretty ordinary but the Launnie Cup is a great festival day.
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Caulfield Cup
Melbourne Cup
Doncaster
Golden Slipper
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1. Grand Annual Steeplechase - Warrnambool 5500m

Just love going on that 7 minute journey in the ultimate test of horse & rider.

2. Melbourne Cup - Flemington 3200m

Still love the race & it’s iconic status. But I agree that is losing its lustre with the field being contaminated with too many o/s trained runners.

3. Great Eastern Steeple - Oakbank 4950m

For the same reasons as the GA Steeple

4. Any Steeplechase at Casterton - 3800m

Live hedges, open paddocks, and as Rick McIntosh says ‘where the Glenelg meets the Wannon’.

5. VRC Hotham Hcp - Flemington 2500m

Ok, a bit of a weird one. But I’ve always loved the theatre that this creates being the last desperate throw of the dice to qualify for the Melb Cup.
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Grand Annual at Warrnambool
Caulfield Guineas 
Doncaster 

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Originally posted by djebel djebel wrote:

Melbourne Cup
Caulfield Cup
Doncaster Handicap
Newmarket Handicap
TJ Smith Stakes
The Spring Stake Newcastle.



It made me giggle that the top 4 are G1 Handicaps

Top 5 are all amongst my favourites as well, alongside the Cox Plate and Oakleigh Plate, probably the Stradbroke as well as a Queenslander.
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ANY open grade or black type Races to 2040M .

All Open 2 Y/O & 3 Y/O races to 1600m

   F & M races to 1600m
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Doncaster
Cox Plate (most interesting of the big spring 3 for me now since it has strong local chances)
Tancred (sure it's not the race it once was, but I still love the 2400m WFA concept)
Cantala Stakes (bit like the doncaster, big field and lots of chances)
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Originally posted by Afros Afros wrote:

Originally posted by djebel djebel wrote:

Melbourne Cup
Caulfield Cup
Doncaster Handicap
Newmarket Handicap
TJ Smith Stakes
The Spring Stake Newcastle.



It made me giggle that the top 4 are G1 Handicaps

Top 5 are all amongst my favourites as well, alongside the Cox Plate and Oakleigh Plate, probably the Stradbroke as well as a Queenslander.


They are simply handicaps.



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1. Cox Plate - WFA Championship
2. Golden Slipper - Always a great race
3. The Everest - Highest quality sprint each year
4. JJ Atkins - Usually the best reference as to which two year olds will be top three year olds.
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The melbourne cup has jumped the shark as far as I'm concerned.Tongue
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Originally posted by djebel djebel wrote:

Originally posted by Afros Afros wrote:

Originally posted by djebel djebel wrote:

Melbourne Cup
Caulfield Cup
Doncaster Handicap
Newmarket Handicap
TJ Smith Stakes
The Spring Stake Newcastle.



It made me giggle that the top 4 are G1 Handicaps

Top 5 are all amongst my favourites as well, alongside the Cox Plate and Oakleigh Plate, probably the Stradbroke as well as a Queenslander.


They are simply handicaps.


Such is our want,.....long live the OZ tradition.
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Originally posted by Lord Hybrow Lord Hybrow wrote:

1. Grand Annual Steeplechase - Warrnambool 5500m

Just love going on that 7 minute journey in the ultimate test of horse & rider.

2. Great Eastern Steeple - Oakbank 4950m

For the same reasons as the GA Steeple

3. Any Steeplechase at Casterton - 3800m

Live hedges, open paddocks, and as Rick McIntosh says ‘where the Glenelg meets the Wannon’.



Well that saved a lot of typing.............or none at all LOL they're the exact 3 I had in mind but was too lazy to write in any detail, thanks LH Thumbs Up
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My favourite race is the Coonabarabran Cup .  ( Thats where I met my OH over 25 years ago Heart )
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Blue Diamond Stks
Caulfield Guineas
Lightning Stks
Newmarket Hcp
The Cup
Cox Plate


(Sorry about the Victorian focus)
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The Cups
Cox Plate
Newmarket
Goodwood
Doncaster
Tancred

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Yes I love the Tancred also.  Really miss it now it's not of Golden Slipper Day.
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Originally posted by Mayor Mayor wrote:

Blue Diamond Stks
Caulfield Guineas
Lightning Stks
Newmarket Hcp
The Cup
Cox Plate


(Sorry about the Victorian focus)


Yeah having gun sprinters back for the Lightning, after quiet months beforehand, is something i look forward to as well.
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