Witness the Spectacle

About the Famous Races

Learn where it all began, who is behind it all, and what happens on the big day.

Race Day

All the excitement of a race day at a venue like nowhere else on earth.

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Other Activities

The Birdsville Races are about so much more than just the centrepiece race day event. From live entertainment to fun runs to fashion and beyond, there’s plenty for everyone.

The Annual RFDS Birdsville Races Fun Run

Get a team together, support a great cause and have fun!

Race Program

Click each section below to reveal race details for each day of the carnival.

Friday 31 August 2018
1. OUTBACK MATES MAIDEN PLATE (QTIS ADDED STAKES) 1000M
(3YO & Up – Set Weights)
For QTIS 3yo Fillies
 Of: $20,000  1st: $13,375  2nd: $4,000  3rd: $2,000  4th: $625
 For QTIS Three, Four & Five-Year-Old horses
Of: $17,500 1st: $11,625 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750 4th: $625
For Non-QTIS Horses
Of: $12,500 1st: $8,125 2nd: $2,500 3rd: $1,250 4th: $625
2. NOT JUST HARDWARE CLASS B HANDICAP 1000m
Of: $12,500 1st: $8,125 2nd: $2,500 3rd: $1250 4th: $625
3. UBET CLASS 1 HANDICAP 1200m
Of: $12,500 1st: $8,125 2nd: $2,500 3rd: $1,250 4th: $625
4. BIRDSVILLE HOTEL CLASS 3 PLATE (SET WEIGHTS) 1000m
Of: $15,000 1st: $9,750 2nd: $3,000 3rd: $1,500 4th: $750
 Trophies: $500 Owners Trophy
5. VEOLIA BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP 1600m
Set Weights
Of: $12,500 1st: $8,125 2nd: $2,500 3rd: $1,250 4th: $625
6. ROAD TECH MARINE OPEN HANDICAP 1200m
Of: $20,000 1st: $12,800 2nd: $4,000 3rd: $2,000 4th: $800 5th: $400
 Trophies: $500 (Owners Trophy)
Nominations Close Tuesday 21/8/2018, 11:00am
Weights Declared Wednesday 22/8/2018
Acceptances Due Monday 27/8/2018 10:00am
Jockey Declarations Monday 27/8/2018, 1:00pm
Final Scratchings Friday 31/8/2018, 7:45am
Saturday 1 September 2018
1. LANDMARK / CGU MAIDEN PLATE 1200m
 (3YO & Up – Set Weights)
Of: $12,500 1st: $8,125 2nd:$2,500 3rd: $1,250 4th: $625
2. BROOKLANDS / FRED BROPHY BENCHMARK 65 1400m
Of: $12,500 1st: $8,125 2nd: $2,500 3rd: $1,250 4th: $625
3. INNAMINCKA HOTEL BENCHMARK 70 HANDICAP 1000m
Of: $12,500 1st: $8,125 2nd: $2,500 3rd: $1,250 4th: $625
4. AKUBRA CLASS 2 HANDICAP (QTIS ADDED STAKES) 1200m
For QTIS 3yo Fillies
 Of: $22,500  1st: $15,000  2nd: $4,500 3rd: $2,250 4th: $750
 For QTIS Three, Four and Five-year-old horses
Of: $20,000 1st: $13,250 2nd: $4,000 3rd: $2,000 4th: $750
For Non-QTIS Horses
Of: $15,000 1st: $9,750 2nd: $3,000 3rd: $1,500 4th: $750
Trophies: $500 Owners Trophy
5. UBET BIRDSVILLE CUP OPEN HANDICAP 1600m
 *The winner/s of the 2018 Betoota Cup 1600m will be exempt from the ballott, if nominated.
Of: $40,000 1st: $24,400 2nd: $8,200 3rd: $4,200 4th: $2,000 5th: $1,200
Trophies: $1200 Owners Trophy, $300 Trainers Trophy, $300 Jockeys Trophy
6.  LYNDHURST STUD CLASS 5 HANDICAP 1200m
Of: $15,000 1st: $9,750 2nd: $3,000 3rd: $1,500 4th: $750
 Trophies: $500 Owners Trophy
7. BIRDSVILLE FUEL SERVICE BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP 800m
Of: $12,500 1st: $8,125 2nd: $2,500 3rd: $1,250 4th: $625
Nominations Close Tuesday 21/8/2018, 11:00am
Weights Declared Wednesday 22/8/2018
Acceptances Due Monday 27/8/2018, 10:00am
Jockey Declarations Monday 27/8/2018, 1:00pm
Final Scratchings Saturday 1/9/2018, 7:45am
Diamantina Shire Bonus

The Diamantina Shire Council is offering a $4000 bonus to the owner(s) of the horse(s) which have accumulated the most points in the Betoota, Birdsville and Bedourie Race circuit.

The $4,000 Diamantina Shire Bonus will be distributed as follows:
1st $3,000 & 2nd place $1,000.

To be eligible the horses need to start the minimum of once in each location. The bonus will be divided equally in the event of one or more horses obtaining the same number of points.

Tickets and Official Birdsville Race Club Merchandise are available at the Visitor Information Centre.

OBE Organic Trackside Marquee

The Birdsville Race Club is pleased offer visitors a luxury outback dining experience available on both race days.

Limited in number these hospitality packages will provide:

  • Clear fronted marquee with full views of the track
  • Gourmet dining featuring OBE Organic produce
  • Exclusive trackside access
  • 4.5 hour beer and wine package
  • Complimentary racebook
  • Sky Channel coverage
  • Live entertainment between races

Our on course chef will tantalise the taste buds of guests in what is without question the finest dining in Birdsville during race week and an opportunity not to be missed.

Friday 2018 Trackside Marquee (Cocktail style) – $329.90 per person
Saturday 2018 ‘Cup Day’ Trackside Marquee (Seated) – $384.90 per person

Meet Birdville Races’ first female Ambassador

16 year-old Venessa Harris set to give back to the community that supported her through cancer battle.

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