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With races returning to full swing in 2022, crowds flocked back through the gates to witness the most unique range of thoroughbred racing events found in the world. From Country Queensland to the famed Flemington Racecourse, all the way across the Pacific Ocean to the Kentucky Derby, Sportsnet’s horse racing packages give you the power to see it all.

For the first time in 2023, Sportsnet will be sending patrons to the Kentucky Derby with our partnership with Derby Experiences giving you unparalleled access to enjoy “the most exciting two minutes in sports”. Attending Churchill Downs is a bucket list item for many, and whether you’re there for the hospitality, the parties, or want to experience more of Kentucky alongside the races, there is something for everyone. “The Run for the Roses” is set to run on Saturday May 6th, 2023, once the 20 horses with the most points complete the grueling Road to the Kentucky Derby and get set to race in the world’s most famous top rank, Grade 1 Stakes Race.

Closer to home Australians can experience two of the most unique sporting events in the world, the Darwin Cup Carnival and the Birdsville Races.

The Darwin Cup Carnival is set to run from the 3rd until the 8th of August in 2023, headlined by the Great Northern Darwin Cup & bet365 Palmerston Sprint, the carnival is one of the Northern Territory’s biggest annual events. Visitors will often opt for a Sportsnet package that includes waterfall tours, river cruises, and more unique NT experiences that can’t be found anywhere else!

If you haven’t heard about Birdsville, then check this out. Seriously. ‘The Melbourne Cup of the Outback” brings in around 6000 visitors each year to a small outback town of only 115 people in Queensland. There’s true quality outback racing, and a range of entertainment that has to be seen to be believed. The world’s last boxing troupe, run by the iconic Fred Brophy is a particular highlight for event goers each year. Do you dare to step inside the ring?

The final swansong of the big Horse Racing events in 2023 is arguably the biggest of them all. The Melbourne Cup Carnival is one of the biggest weeks on the Australian sporting calendar, particularly when it comes to “the race that stops the nation”, the Emirates Melbourne Cup. Melbourne comes to a standstill, as hundreds of thousands of people flock to the Flemington Racecourse to experience thoroughbred racing at its finest. With a number of incredible days of racing, you can take your pick from Victoria Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day, VRC Oaks Day & Champions Stakes Day, or you can attend them all! 

Experience Horse Racing LIVE in 2023!

With more Horse Racing events than ever before, take a look at the Sportsnet travel packages below and start planning your ultimate Horse Racing adventure in 2023. 

If you’d like to get along to Horse Racing’s biggest stages, with your accommodation and official tickets arranged for you, all you need to do is register your details and one of our consultants will provide you with all the options available.


Event Event Name Event Date Racecourse City/Town Status
1 Kentucky Derby 05 May 2023 – 06 May 2023 Churchill Downs Louisville Packages Available Now!
2 Darwin Cup Carnival 03 August 2023 – 08 August 2023 Darwin Turf Club Darwin Packages Available Now!
3 Birdsville Races 01 September 2023 – 02 September 2023 Birdsville Race Club Birdsville Register For Presale!
4 Melbourne Cup Carnival 04 November 2023 – 11 November 2023 Flemington Racecourse Melbourne Register for Presale!