The Australian Turf Club’s prestigious six-week Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival – from this Saturday 13 March to Saturday 17 April – has launched at Sydney’s stunning CBD location, The Mint, in spectacular fashion.

Boasting 18 Group 1 races and $37 million in prizemoney and trophies, the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival will present a kaleidoscope of world-class racing, fashion, entertainment and award-winning hospitality across the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival at Rosehill Gardens and The Star Championships at Royal Randwick.

The event welcomed an impressive line-up of VIP guests including The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Lord Mayor City of Parramatta Bob Dwyer, Australian Turf Club CEO Jamie Barkley, Racing’s First Lady Gai Waterhouse AO, champion jockey Tommy Berry and Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival Ambassador Sonia Kruger, who discussed with MC Gerard Middleton from the Big Sports Breakfast the array of unrivalled experiences awaiting visitors to the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The launch was also attended by a raft of other special guests including ATC’s Autumn Carnival Culinary Ambassador Chase Kojima (Sokyo), Longines Golden Slipper Carnival Ambassador Candice Warner, Fashion Stakes and Longines Prize for Elegance Ambassador Kate Waterhouse, ATC Director Angela Belle McSweeny, ATC Racing Ambassador Katelyn Mallyon and Clerk of the Course horse Aussie. 

A giant Longines Golden Slipper was a shining centrepiece and highly popular with guests, as was a show-stopping fashion parade featuring the season’s latest racewear and beauty trends styled by ATC Stylist Donny Galella and ATC Beauty Expert Michael Brown, who were also in attendance.

To kick off the six-week carnival, a sea of pink will light up Rosehill Gardens this Saturday 13 March on Chandon Ladies Day, Sydney’s pink raceday, featuring the social and fashion event of the season, the Pink Fashion Lunch supporting the McGrath Foundation. Attention will then turn to five Group 1 races led by world’s richest race for two-year-old’s– the $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper on March 20, followed by Stakes Day featuring two Group 1 races on March 27.

The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival moves to Royal Randwick for The Star Championships which features the 160th running of the Bentley Australian Derby, the time-honoured The Star Doncaster Handicap and the $4 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes, where international superstar Addeybb, the highest rated horse in world racing, returns from the UK with Tom Marquand in the saddle to defend his crown in the feature event on April 10. Schweppes All Aged Stakes Day marks the Carnival finale at Royal Randwick on April 17.

For fashion-forward racegoers, the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival offers a glamour-filled experience both on and off the track, with the Autumn Fashion Stakes and Longines Prize for Elegancecompetitions taking place across four of the carnival racedays at Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick.

Further bolstering the ATC’s commitment to presenting world-class racing and entertainment a stellar line-up of live performances will take place over the carnival including Christine Anu at the Pink Fashion Lunch, legendary Australian rocker Jon Stevens headlining Longines Golden Slipper Day and Hot Dub Time Machine at The Star Championships Day 1.

A new and exciting addition to Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick this Autumn is the ticketed The Playground. A vibrant garden party showcasing the Canadian Club Bar, lawn games and tantalising street food menus, The Playground features cult Sydney DJ’s Lara Fraser (20 March), Jesabel (3 April) and Sarah Roberts (10 April).

The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival will be beamed live and free into millions of homes around Australia through broadcast partners Sky Racing and Channel 7 and in up to 65 countries around the globe.

Australian Turf Club CEO Jamie Barkley said: “We are very proud to be hosting world-class racing, hospitality and entertainment at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens.

“We are also thrilled to be continuing our relationship with valued key partners Racing NSW, Tabcorp, Longines, Heineken, XXXX, The Star, Chandon and Destination NSW to help strengthen Sydney tourism and major events,” said Mr Barkley.

Source: Australian Turf Club