A week ago, Darren Weir was Australia’s biggest trainer. Now he’s gone, banished from racing.

It’s fair to say it’s been a tough week for the sport.

Nevertheless, all eyes can return to the turf this week for the first Group 1 contest of the calendar year – the CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield.

It’s kicks off an enormous autumn carnival. Racing gets so much attention in spring, it’s easy to forget just what a stunningly good period we have at this time of the year.

16 weeks, 38 Group 1 races across four states, plus the inaugural $5 million All-Star Mile at Flemington.

All of those big races are below, along with the current favourites thanks to Ladbrokes, who have futures markets up for them all.

A quick glance down the list shows that over the next few months, all of Australian racing’s biggest names will be on show: Winx, The Autumn Sun, Arcadia Queen, Alizee, Redzel and Nature Strip, just to name a few.

So yes… it’s been a bad week, but what a period we have coming up.

9th February

CF Orr Stakes (1400m, WFA), Caulfield
Prize Money: $500,000
Current Favourite: Kementari – $3.40 with Ladbrokes

16th February

Lightning Stakes (1000m, WFA), Flemington
Prize Money: $750,000
Current Favourite: Sunlight – $3.80 with Ladbrokes

23rd February

Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m, 2YOs, set weights), Caulfield
Prize Money: $1,500,000
Current Favourite: Catch Me – $4.20 with Ladbrokes

Oakleigh Plate (1100m, handicap), Caulfield
Prize Money: $500,000
Current Favourite: Nature Strip – $5.00 with Ladbrokes

Futurity Stakes (1400m, WFA), Caulfield
Prize Money: $500,000
Current Favourite: Alizee – $3.20 with Ladbrokes

2nd March

Australian Guineas (1600m, 3YOs, set weights), Flemington
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Current Favourite: Mystic Journey – $4.20 with Ladbrokes

Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m, 3YOs & up, WFA), Randwick
Prize Money: $600,000
Current Favourite: Winx – $1.10 with Ladbrokes

Surround Stakes (1400m, 3YO fillies, set weights), Randwick
Prize Money: $500,000
Current Favourite: Miss Fabulass – $3.80 with Ladbrokes

9th March

Australian Cup (2000m, WFA), Flemington
Prize Money: $1,500,000
Current Favourite: Avilius – $8.00 with Ladbrokes

Newmarket Handicap (1200m, handicap), Flemington
Prize Money: $1,250,000
Current Favourite: Graff – $7.00 with Ladbrokes

Randwick Guineas (1600m, 3YOs, set weights), Randwick
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Current Favourite: The Autumn Sun – $1.60 with Ladbrokes

Canterbury Stakes (1300m, 3YOs & up, WFA), Randwick
Prize Money: $500,000
Current Favourite: Alizee – $4.60 with Ladbrokes

16th March

All Star Mile (1600m, WFA), Flemington
Prize Money: $5,000,000
Current Favourite: Alizee – $4.40 with Ladbrokes

Coolmore Classic (1500m, 3YOs & up fillies & mares, quality), Rosehill
Prize Money: $600,000
Current Favourite: Alizee – $3.80 with Ladbrokes

22nd March

William Reid Stakes (1200m, WFA), Moonee Valley
Prize Money: $500,000
Current Favourite: Graff – $6.00 with Ladbrokes

23rd March

Golden Slipper (1200m, 2YOs, set weights), Rosehill
Prize Money: $3,500,000
Current Favourite: Tassort – $5.00 with Ladbrokes

George Ryder Stakes (1500m, 3YOs & up, WFA), Rosehill
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Current Favourite: Winx – $1.15 with Ladbrokes

The Galaxy (1100m, handicap), Rosehill
Prize Money: $700,000
Current Favourite: Graff and Redzel – both $8.00 with Ladbrokes

Ranvet Stakes (2000m, 3YOs & up, WFA), Rosehill
Prize Money: $700,000
Current Favourite: Avilius – $4.60 with Ladbrokes

Rosehill Guineas (2000m, 3YOs, set weights), Rosehill
Prize Money: $600,000
Current Favourite: The Autumn Sun – $2.00 with Ladbrokes

30th March

Tancred Stakes (2400m, 3YOs & up, WFA), Rosehill
Prize Money: $1,500,000
Current Favourite: Avilius – $6.00 with Ladbrokes

Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m, 3YO fillies, set weights), Rosehill
Prize Money: $500,000
Current Favourite: Arcadia Queen – $3.70 with Ladbrokes

6th April

Doncaster Handicap (1600m, 3YOs & up, handicap), Randwick
Prize Money: $3,000,000
Current Favourite: The Autumn Sun – $4.50 with Ladbrokes

TJ Smith Stakes (1200m, WFA), Randwick
Prize Money: $2,500,000
Current Favourite: Redzel – $7.00 with Ladbrokes

ATC Australian Derby (2400m, 3YOs, set weights), Randwick
Prize Money: $2,000,000
Current Favourite: The Autumn Sun – $5.00 with Ladbrokes

ATC Sires Produce (1400m, 2YOs, set weights), Randwick
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Current Favourite: Tassort – $5.00 with Ladbrokes

13th April

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m, 3YOs & up, WFA), Randwick
Prize Money: $4,000,000
Current Favourite: Winx – $1.20 with Ladbrokes

Queen Of The Turf (1600m, 3YOs & up fillies & mares, WFA), Randwick
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Current Favourite: Alizee – $3.60 with Ladbrokes

ATC Oaks (2400m, 3YO fillies, set weights), Randwick
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Current Favourite: Miss Fabulass – $7.00 with Ladbrokes

20th April

All Aged Stakes (1400m, WFA), Randwick
Prize Money: $600,000
Current Favourite: Graff and Pierata – both $9.00 with Ladbrokes

Champagne Stakes (1600m, 2YOs, set weights), Randwick
Prize Money: $500,000
Current Favourite: Tassort – $4.00 with Ladbrokes

4th May

Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m, Fillies & mares, WFA) , Morphettville
Prize Money: $1,000,000

Australasian Oaks (2000m, 3YO fillies, set weights), Morphettville
Prize Money: $500,000

11th May

Doomben 10,000 (1200m, WFA), Doomben
Prize Money: $700,000

SA Derby (2500m, 3YOs, set weights), Morphettville
Prize Money: $600,000

18th May

The Goodwood (1200m, set weights + penalties), Morphettville
Prize Money: $1,000,000

25th May

Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m, quality), Eagle Farm
Prize Money: $700,000

Want quality racing tips this Autumn Racing Carnival?

We’ve got a membership that will give you a snapshot of tips from 6 of our best analysts every Saturday.

Find out more: