Next NSW Race

Latest News

Media Release - The Championships Day One

Close to 21,000 people have enjoyed day one of The Championships under blue skies at Royal Randwick.

The prestigious two-day series held annually in April sees the best horses, jockeys and trainers from Australia and overseas compete for a share of more than $20million in prizemoney.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect opening to the grand finals of Australian racing,” Racing NSW CEO Peter V’landys AM said. “The Championships is only in its fourth year but is going from strength to strength.”

Today’s 10-race program, which included four Group 1s, produced upset victories and unforgettable finishes.

"Chautauqua's unprecedented third consecutive Darley TJ Smith Stakes was one of the most incredible performances we have seen," Australian Turf Club CEO Darren Pearce said.

Sydney jockey, Blake Shinn shot to the lead in the Nathan Berry Medal with his dominant win aboard Free Standing in the Country Championships and runner-up runs in the TJ Smith Stakes and The Doncaster Mile. The medal will be awarded next Saturday to the most successful jockey over the course of The Championships and honours the memory of the late Nathan Berry.

Off the track racegoers were spoilt for choice with a range of food, fashion and entertainment options.

Little Sydney was again the place to be seen with guests treated to a gourmet food experience curated by the head chefs of leading Sydney restaurants. While stylish racegoers flocked to The Fashion Chute where the best dressed could win a share of more than $40,000 in prizes.

International superstar, Ronan Keating, capped off a fantastic day with an electrifying performance in the Theatre Of The Horse. Racegoers lined the steps and packed the balconies and he belted out hit after hit.

The Championships continue next Saturday, 8 April, and wonder mare Winx will be chasing her 17th straight win in the $4million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It’s the last chance to see the world’s best racehorse on turf this season.

"Sydney has hosted a day of Group 1 racing that would be remembered for many years and we can't wait to welcome everyone back to Royal Randwick next week,” Darren Pearce said.

“We are looking to forward to building on the success of today when The Championships continues next Saturday,” Peter V’landys said.

The Latest Racing News

How Pierata Helped Give Greg His Groove Back

By Ray Hickson Trainer Greg Hickman credits talented three-year-old Pierata for putting the “spring back in his step’’. Group class ...
Read More

Kath Bell-Pitomac Now A Professional Apprentice Jockey

Please note Kath Bell-Pitomac has changed her licence from an Approved Rider to a Professional Apprentice indentured to trainer Michael ...
Read More

Williams Explains Why He Didn't Give A Damn At First

By Ray Hickson Don’t Give A Damn, the raging Country Championships favourite, hardly excited trainer Danny Williams when the gelding ...
Read More

Jean Van Overmeire Rides His 20th Metro Winner

Please note at Canterbury Park races today, apprentice jockey Jean Van Overmeire rode his 20th Metropolitan winner. As per AR92(6) ...
Read More

Sense Of Occasion To Miss Sydney Autumn Carnival

Trainer Kris Lees has advised Racing NSW Stewards that Sense of Occasion was found to have a lesion on a ...
Read More
Loading...
Racing NSW Apps
View
Mobile Version
Contact
Forms
Information
Industry Links