Sydney Spring Carnival

2016 Sydney Spring Racing Carnival Launch. PC: Fiora Saccos

Sydney Spring Carnival is set to offer an unmissable season of racing. As the world watches on, Australia’s Harbour City comes to life, a vibrant spectacle of glamour and sheer elation as racing takes centre stage.

The Australian Turf Club is putting on a show this spring carnival with a host of spectacular new facilities set to bring new life and vision to its historically revered venues. A sea of flowers, silks, millinery and magnums will have the grandstands heaving as Sydney’s social scene comes to life.

Officially launched the 2016 Sydney Spring Carnival at Royal Randwick which will see an impressive nine weeks of non-stop action running from 10 September to 1 November.

With almost $12 million in prize money and a total of 23 Group races, the 2016 Sydney Spring Carnival promises to attract a mix of Sydney’s A-list and racing enthusiasts alike.

Australia’s leading names in racing, fashion and sport came together today at Royal Randwick as the Australian Turf Club unveiled its ambassadors which included some of the country’s racing elite; trainers Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse, and jockeys Hugh Bowman and Tommy Berry.

The star stable were accompanied by the newest line up of Carnival ambassadors, TV presenter Mel McLaughlin, Australian models Megan Blake Irwin and Georgia Fowler, Miss Chinese Cosmos Pageant winner Jessica Song and Sydney’s famed Bearded Bakers, Ameer and Joey El-Issa. Announced on the day but not present, was model Natalie Roser, who will be attending Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day.

For the foodies, Royal Randwick will host the latest on track culinary and lifestyle destination, The Mews. The Mews will be located on the Octagonal Lawn and promises to deliver Australia’s best gastronomic and entertainment experience to a day at the races.

Known for running the city’s hottest food truck, Knafeh Bakery, The Bearded Bakers will also be bringing their famed Jerusalem street food to Carnival at City Tattersalls Club Cup Day, Cox Plate Day and McGrath Estate Agents Melbourne Cup Day.

Fashion will be at the forefront of spring racing and Sydney-siders should be inspired by the bold spring season colours when coordinating their ensemble.

Groups of friends can experience all of the excitement of the Sydney Spring Carnival together at an affordable price by purchasing the spring ticketing bundle. Available at Ticketek, the ticketing bundle offers five general admission tickets for $50 for race days from10 September to 29 October.

All pre-purchased tickets will include integrated rail to both Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick. Integrated busses to the city and Bondi will also be included making a day at the races even more convenient from start to finish.

The Sydney Spring carnival will open next Saturday, 10 September with De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Day at Rosehill Gardens where all are invited to experience the $28 million transformation in the heart of Sydney’s West.

De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Day
Saturday 10 September, Rosehill Gardens

  • Official opening of the Rosehill Gardens $28million refurbishment
  • Group 1 $1million De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose
  • Main stage bar DJ

Colgate Optic White Stakes Day
Saturday 17 September, Royal Randwick
Racegoers should wear a splash of red and upload their picture to Instagram to win a $1000 gift card

  • Group 1 $500,000 Colgate Optic White Stakes (George Main Stakes)
  • Winx flags handed out to the crowd to support the champion mare in the day’s feature race
  • Wear a splash of red and embrace all the glamour and heart stopping action of a day at the races

Ronald McDonald House Westmead Golden Pendant Day
Saturday 24 September, Rosehill Gardens

  • Women in Racing Lunch supporting Ronald McDonald House Westmead hosted by Seven Network’s Mel McLaughlin
  • Group 2,$400,000 Ronald McDonald House Westmead Golden Pendant – 1400m
  • DJ at the main stage bar
  • Free entry for TAB Rewards Members and a guest

TAB Epsom Day
Saturday 1 October, Royal Randwick

  • Group 1 $1million TAB Epsom Handicap
  • Group 1 $750,000 McGrath Estate Agents Metropolitan
  • Group 1 $500,000 Flight Stakes
  • The Mews food and lifestyle precinct
  • Free entry to NRL Grand Final ticket holders
  • AFL live site broadcasting the Grand Final

Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day
Saturday 8 October, Royal Randwick
A new fashion competition will be launched with entrants parading for a chance to win prizes worth over $50,000

  • Group 1 $500,000 Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes
  • The Mews food and lifestyle precinct
  • Chandon Pop Up Bar- Shannon Lawn
  • Live entertainment following the last race
  • The Stables DJ from 3pm (members only)

City Tattersalls Club Cup Day
Saturday 15 October, Royal Randwick

  • Group 3 $125,000 City Tattersall’s Club Nivision
  • Bearded Bakers Knafeh Bakery
  • The Mews food and lifestyle precinct
  • Moët & Chandon Pop Up Bar
  • Live entertainment following the last race

Cox Plate Day
Saturday 22 October, Royal Randwick

  • Group 1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley broadcast live on the super screen
  • Bearded Bakers Knafeh Bakery
  • The Mews food and lifestyle precinct
  • Live entertainment following the last race
  • TAB Sports Bar
  • Moët & Chandon Pop Up Bar

Derby Day
Saturday 29 October, Rosehill Gardens
Themed in the traditional black and white.

  • All patrons to dress in traditional Derby Day colours of black and white
  • Live action from Flemington on the big screen
  • DJ at the main stage bar

McGrath Real Estate Agents Melbourne Cup Day
Tuesday 1 November, Royal Randwick

  • Watch the live action from Flemington on one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest super screens
  • Bearded Bakers Knafeh Bakery
  • Live entertainment following the last race
  • TAB Sports Bar
  • Moët & Chandon Pop Up Bar

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*all images by Fiora Saccos


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