The Spring Racing Carnival 2018 is here. Australian thoroughbred racing is the most popular market on the Betfair Exchange, and this Spring Carnival, we will be making sure you have everything you need make it your best one yet.

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the Exchange and you’re still getting your head around lay betting, or if you’re a seasoned veteran that’s trying to improve their in-play trading techniques. Rest assured, we have something to help everyone.

Without further ado, we’d like to welcome you to the 2018 Spring Carnival Minihubyour home for everything ahead of this years Spring Racing Carnival.


Get to know your content suppliers

The Betfair Insider: The Resident Exchange expert. The Betfair Insider provides commentary, opinion and will be educating us all things thoroughbred racing over the Spring Racing Carnival 2018. You can expect his weekly racing tips to continue, with detailed form and race analysis across the biggest races this spring.

Ratings2Win: ratings2win delivers the best racing intelligence that has been developed by punters for punters. Many of Australia’s horse racing professionals rely on ratings2win for what is regarded as the most accurate data available. Axis is Australia’s leading horse racing software and database; with sophisticated form analysis tools and accurate performance and sectional ratings for all TAB meetings that include Hong Kong.

Punting Form: Using a data-driven approach to identify patterns in past performances and understand the historic strengths typically required to win a particular feature races, Punting Form will provide us with full feature race reports for all group races across the Spring Racing Carnival 2018.

You can also expect the usual LAY nominations from our Pro Lays and Bookies Bag team.



The Rating BureauAustralia’s leading supplier of horse racing data, software and analysis. The Rating Bureau’s weight for age performance ratings are an industry leading assessment of horse quality.

What can we expect?

  • Detailed race assessments for a number of leading group races across Victorian tracks.
  • Full card ratings for over 70 night and twilight meetings.
  • A new series of educational content to help improve your wagering this Spring Carnival.


Spring Carnival Education

We’re all excited about the up coming racing period. What’s not to love about a breadth of big group races across Australia’s most prestigious racecourses. However, this Spring we will be offering you far more than that. At Betfair, we want winners and we won’t ban you for finding an edge on the market.

To highlight this, we will be rolling out a host of educational content to help improve your punting over the Spring Racing Carnival 2018 and beyond.

  • Have you ever wondered why your bookie is texting you?
  • Do you ant to learn how to take advantage of new bookmaker promotions?
  • Are you simply confused as to how exactly the Betfair Starting Price (BSP) works?

This Spring, we will be answering all of these questions and many more as we continue to make The Hub the number one betting resource regardless of how experienced you are.



Are you ready to take advantage of the BSP and get bigger returns on your bets this Spring?


Spring Racing Calendar

We’re nearly in September and that means the racing action is really starting to heat up. It all kicks off with the Memsie Stakes on September 1 that is sure to open Spring in style.

From there, there’s a heap of Group 1 races to look forward to over a 10 week period before eventually wrapping up on Stakes Day in early November.

The full schedule is in the table below.

DateFeature Races
Sat 1st SeptemberCaulfield G1 Memsie Stakes. Randwick G2 Chelmsford Stakes.
Sat 8th SeptemberM. Valley G2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes & McEwen Stakes. Randwick G2s.
Sat 15th SeptemberFlemington G1 Makybe Diva Stakes. Randwick G1 George Main Stakes.
Sat 22nd SeptemberCaulfield G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. Rosehill G1 Golden Rose.
Fri 28th SeptemberMooneeValley G1 AJ Moir Stakes
Sat 29th SeptemberRandwick G1 Epsom Handicap & The Metropolitan.
Sun 30th SeptemberCaulfield G1 Underwood Stakes & Thousand Guineas Prelude
Sat 6th OctoberFlemington G1 Turnbull Stakes. Randwick G1 Spring Champion Stakes.
Sat13th OctoberCaulfield G1 Thousand Guineas, Caulfield Guineas & Caulfield Stakes. Randwick The Everest.
Sat 20th OctoberCaulfield G1 Caulfield Cup.
Fri 26th OctoberMoonee Valley G1 Manikato Stakes.
Sat 27th OctoberMoonee Valley G1 WS Cox Plate.
Sat 3rd NovemberFlemington G1 Victoria Derby, Cantala Stakes, Coolmore Stud Stakes & Myer Classic.
Tues 6th NovemberFlemington G1 Melbourne Cup.
Thurs 8th NovemberFlemington G1 VRC Oaks.
Sat 10th NovemberFlemington G1 Emirates Stakes.

Finding an Approach

It goes without saying, everyone will have a different strategy this Spring. Whether your looking to take advantage of the numerous promotions across the industry, trading in and out of positions on the Exchange, or just placing bets with Betfair to get the very best price on the market, you’ll fit in somewhere.

However, we understand that everyone’s betting journey takes time and often, evolves as time progresses. We can’t stress enough, this is far from a bad thing.

We’ve profiled a number of our highest profile clients to emphasise this point in our Customer Insights segment. From horse racing experts to cricket traders. There’s more than one way to find and edge and there’s more than one way to make a comfortable living from the Betfair Exchange. These guys are living proof of that.

This Spring we will be rolling out another five client stories, but in the mean time, here are some of out most popular ones to date.



Futures Markets

Looking ahead to the biggest races this Spring? We’ve got you covered there too with antepost markets for the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and of course the Melbourne Cup among others.

If you can’t find the runner you’re looking for, let us know and we’ll add it to the market. However, as is the nature of the Exchange, you’ll need to find someone to match your bet.

The Everest

Caulfield Guinnes

Caulfield Cup

Cox Plate

Melbourne Cup


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