The best horses. The best racing.

01 Oct 2004, 12:56:40 PM

It's one of biggest events in sports as Seven goes to the track in October and November.

The Seven Network goes racing in October and November as the network of the Olympic Games now focuses on the sport of kings with coverage of the Spring Racing Carnival and the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

It begins on 2 October with coverage of Epsom Day from Royal Randwick and then across nearly two months, Seven will capture the Caulfield Cup, the Caulfield Guineas, the Derby, the Melbourne Cup, the Oaks and the Stakes:

  • The Carlton Draught Caulfield Guineas – the race of Heroic, Tulloch, Luskin Star, Manikato and Lonhro and the traditional lead-up to the AAMI Victoria Derby.

  • The Yalumba Stakes – the race for weight-for-age, horses such as Kingston Town, Bonecrusher, Might and Power and Northerly, and the indicator of form for the Cox Plate.

  • The Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup – the race of Rising Fast, Tulloch, Ming Dynasty, Gurner's Lane, Let's Elope, Doriemus, Might & Power, Ethereal and Northerly, and first leg in racing's great Cup double.

  • Carlton Draught Cox Plate – the race of Tulloch, Phar Lap, Gunsynd, Kingston Town, Super Impose, Octagonal, Saintly, Might & Power, Sunline and Northerly, and undoubtedly the heavyweight championship in weight-for-age.

  • AAMI Victoria Derby – the race of Phar Lap, Tulloch, Tobin Bronze, Dulcify, Red Anchor and Mahogany and in this its 150th year and one of the oldest horse races in the world, still the premier staying race for three year olds.

  • Thrifty Mackinnon Stakes – the race of Rogan Josh, Let's Elope, Empire Rose and At Talaq which completed the Mackinnon-Melbourne Cup double.

  • Emirates Melbourne Cup – the race of all races, the one that stops a nation and which defined as champions Archer, Carbine, Phar Lap, Peter Pan, Rising Fast, Think Big, Let's Elope and Might and Power.

  • Crown Oaks – the feature event on what is now universally known as Ladies' Day at Flemington and the truest staying test for three year-old fillies.

  • Emirates Stakes – the feature race on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and the Victorian Racing Club's premier mile race.

Building on Seven's coverage of the Olympic Games, the network will bring Australians every moment of two of the best months in sports on television.

Seven will focus on telling the stories of the horses, the jockeys, the characters that create the rich tapestry of racing. We'll be on the track and in the mounting yards. We'll cover the betting ring and the stewards' rooms. And, given it's that special time of the year – Spring – we'll also be focusing our attention on what happens off the track, with coverage of the celebrity, glamour and fashions that define the Spring Racing Carnival and Melbourne Cup Carnival as not only two of the biggest months in sports, but also the social events of the year.

Seven's live coverage across October and November will once again be hosted by Bruce McAvaney, with expert commentary from former champion jockey Simon Marshall, Frances Murphy and Peter Donegan. In addition, former jockey John Letts will be in the saddle interviewing the winning jockeys on course. Bryan Martin will call all the action during the Spring Racing Carnival while Greg Miles will once again call the races during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Seven's racing calendar

  • 2 October Epsom Day

  • 9 October Caulfield Guineas Day

  • 16 October Caulfield Cup Day

  • 23 October Cox Plate Day

  • 30 October Derby Day

  • 2 November Melbourne Cup Day

  • 4 November Oaks Day

  • 6 November Stakes Day