Empty your pockets and bank account and get ready for Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Held every year for six weeks between the end of February to April, this horse-racing event brings in the creme de le creme and the ‘who’s who’ in the racing world. With several races and bets, it’s the wealthiest event in all of Australia, even more than the Melbourne Cup!
These races ooze money, style, and class. Majority of the big races like the Championship races are booked out well in advance, and cost a pretty penny. But don’t fret, there are plenty of options to catch some hair-bending horse-racing that won’t break the bank.
The event is put on by the Australian Turf Club, which is comprised of four places; The Royal Randwick, Rosehill Gardens, Canterbury Park, and Warwick Farm. At each of these grounds Canterbury have sponsored races throughout the six weeks. The carnival is also home to many events, parties, and luncheons centred around the racing world. Book a ladies luncheon, party in a private suite, or take a guided tour of one of the grounds, the options are there for you to enjoy the carnival that much more.
The main horse races are towards the end of the carnival, with one of the most entertaining events being the Schweppes Stakes Day. This race involves themed parties, entertainment, and the first mile race for the two-year old horses. It’s one of the most popular events on at Canterbury the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, and a great finale to the six weeks of racing.
If you can only catch one race, make it the Championships Day 2 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day. With the winning purse at 4 million, the stakes are high for this race. But it’s not all about the most expensive race of the whole carnival, it’s the style. Ladies put on their best to compete with others in fashion and class. The competition is held every year, with the winner for best dressed taking home over $100,000 in prizes! Women are judged on creativity with traditional racing couture, style, grooming, attention to detail, understanding current trends, and shoes. It’s a cutthroat competition, but the lady who wins, wins it all. There is also a men’s competition which is less favoured as they do not have the versatility that women do with their outfits.
So if horse racing isn’t up your alley, visit the event for the fashion, people, food and entertainment.