World-Class Racing is set to start in Sydney from 12 March

Racing fever will hit Sydney in autumn for the 2016 Sydney Autumn Carnival (12 March – 16 April) which sees an impressive six week program of world-class racing and social activities. Featuring two of Australia’s biggest and most respected racing events, the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival and The Championships, Sydney Autumn Carnival boasts the world’s finest thoroughbred racing with more than $34 million in prizemoney across 45 Group races.
This year racegoers will witness history with the 60th running of the Longines Golden Slipper, featured as part of the three week Longines Golden Slipper Carnival at Rosehill Gardens which accounts for the first half of the Sydney Autumn Carnival. The Carnival then shifts to Royal Randwick for the third running of The Championships, the Grand Finals of Australian Racing before concluding with Schweppes Stakes Day on 16 April. Over six big weeks, Sydney’s racegoers and social set will enjoy a world-class festival of thoroughbred racing, stunning fashion, entertainment and premium hospitality.
As the focus moves to Royal Randwick, The Championships will offer racing purists and Sydney’s social set the prestige and glamour only expected from this world-class venue. Both Carnivals will offer a line-up of promotions, fashion and entertainment like no other, and we encourage racing enthusiasts to book early and plan to join us for what is guaranteed to be one of the biggest Sydney Autumn Carnival’s yet,” Mr Partridge said.
Australia’s most celebrated sporting event of the year, Longines Golden Slipper Day will be headlined by the world’s richest race for two year olds – Group 1 $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper, as well as the $1 million George Ryder Stakes, $700,000 Ranvet Stakes, $600,000 Rosehill Guineas and $700,000 The Galaxy, on a day which is the centrepiece of three weeks of action at Rosehill Gardens. In 2016, the day will also include the Longines Award for Elegance, the NOVA 96.9 Garden Party, pamper lounges and live music, making it a not-to-be-missed event this autumn.
The first day of the 2016 Longines Golden Slipper Carnival, Cellarbrations Ladies Day on 12 March, features a first class program of racing, fashion and entertainment with Sydney’s richest race for fillies and mares, the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic. Western Sydney Legends Day, on 26 March at Rosehill Gardens, will celebrate “Living Legends’’ from all sporting codes, and feature two Group 1 races, the $1.5 million BMW and $500,000 Vinery Stud Stakes.
The Championships, the Grand Finals of Australian Racing at Royal Randwick on 2 April and 9 April, in 2016 will offer prizemoney totalling $20 million – making them the richest two days in Australian Racing. With the support of Racing NSW and the NSW Government, The Championships is now in its third year and in a short period has captured the attention of the racing world, while also generating enormous benefit for the NSW economy.

The Championships Day 1 featuring the BMW Australian Derby on Saturday 2 April, set against a backdrop of traditional black and white fashion, sees world-class racing combined with premium hospitality and entertainment. The day features one of the world’s richest open sprint races, the $2.5 million Darley TJ Smith Stakes, the world’s richest mile, the $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile and the iconic feature race the $2 million BMW Australian Derby. This day will also feature the coveted Myer Fashions on the Field, and a host of on course activations including pampers lounges and pop up bars.
The Championships Day 2 featuring the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday 9 April, features the world’s richest 2000m turf race, the Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes worth $4 million, the Group 1 Cellarbrations Queen of the Turf Stakes, the Group 1 Australian Oaks and Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup over 3200m, now worth $2 million, a $400,000 increase from previous years. Once again, Myer Fashions on the Field will attract the fashionable fillies including the second Longines Award of Elegance for the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Little Sydney will return to the track over The Championships, enticing food lovers and Sydney’s gastronomical social set. Bringing back Sydney’s iconic restaurants Icebergs, Chiswick and China Doll, Little Sydney promises to be the hottest ticket to the track this Sydney Autumn Carnival.
The bumper six weeks of Group 1 racing will culminate with a Royal Randwick finale on Schweppes Stakes Day 16 April, including a live performance for all racegoers to enjoy. The day’s racing features two Group 1s, the $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes and $500,000 Moët and Chandon Champagne Stakes.
For all ticketing, information and hospitality options, including exclusive dining and reserved seating options, visit


To celebrate the 60th running of the Longines Golden Slipper, the Australian Turf Club are offering a limited number of pre-purchased $30 Golden Tickets. This will allow entry to Longines Golden Slipper Day and all six days of the 2016 Sydney Autumn Carnival.

The Golden Ticket is available for purchase at until 12:00pm, 19 March 2016 OR General Admission tickets are available at the gates on the day. For all ticketing and hospitality information visit


For more information on an Australian Turf Club membership, giving you exclusive access to all four Australian Turf Club racetracks and guaranteed entry to the 2016 Sydney Autumn Carnival, with membership starting from just $25 per month, visit 2016

Sydney Autumn Carnival:

Saturday 12 March Cellarbrations Ladies Day, Rosehill Gardens

Saturday 19 March Longines Golden Slipper Day, Rosehill Gardens

Saturday 26 March Western Sydney Legends Day, Rosehill Gardens

Saturday 2 April The Championships Day 1 featuring the BMW Australian Derby, Royal Randwick

Saturday 9 April The Championships Day 2 featuring the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Royal Randwick

Saturday 16 April Schweppes Stakes Day, Royal Randwick Rosehill Gardens Racecourse Address: James Ruse Dr, Rosehill NSW 2142 Phone: (02) 9930 4000

Getting there… Free on course car parking Train, bus and ferry services – Full transport information available at Royal Randwick Racecourse Address: Alison Rd, Randwick NSW 2031 Phone: (02) 9663 8400

Getting there… Free on course car parking Direct bus services from Central Station. Full transport information available at

The Fashion Luncheon ushers in the glamour of autumn racing

The glamour of the Autumn racing carnival came early this year, with the elite women of racing attending The Fashion Luncheon at Double Bay’s InterContinental Hotel on Sunday 1 March 2015. The sophisticated affair was hosted by one of Sydney’s premier event coordinators, Thoroughbred Events Australia, and mceed by the lovely Channel Nine News presenter, Julie Snook.

With fashion becoming as important as racing at the track, female identities are keen to ensure their outfits are as equally impressive. The Fashion Luncheon affords guests the chance to secure unique and on-trend hats, dresses and accessories ahead of The Championships at Randwick Racecourse.

“I saw a gap in the market. There was no social event in NSW where women could view and purchase complete racing outfits direct from the designers and milliners,” said Sharon Lenton, Director of Thoroughbred Events Australia.

The Fashion Luncheon boasts the largest single offering of millinery in Australia, with more than 200 headpieces from 15 award-winning NSW and ACT milliners.

The Fashion Luncheon also includes a fashion parade featuring the latest collection and some archive pieces of designer Phoenix Keating. This fashion forward designer launched his label in 2009 and has dressed one of the world’s biggest pop sensations, Lady Gaga. His ultra chic and wearable collection blends classic elegance with a modern look.

Female horse ownership is being encouraged by additional prize money incentives and as a result, horse trainers are now entertaining their female clientele. Leading Sydney trainer, Sam Kavanagh, purchased two tables to entertain his top female clients.

While The Fashion Luncheon is predominantly aimed at women, four brave men were in attendance including fashion designer Pheonix Keating, racing enthusiast Richard Davey, horse trainer Todd Rawiller (who is the brother of champion jockeys Nash and Brad Rawiller) and milliner to the stars, Neil Grigg. Luckily, Neil Grigg has been attending these events for years and finds himself in his element.

The Fashion Luncheon is held twice annually ahead of both the Spring and Autumn carnivals, and since its inception, has grown to sell out almost instantly ever time. It’s always a visually stunning event and Thoroughbred Events Australia would love to have The Sunday Telegraph showcase it in your publication.

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