The Star Chinese Festival of Racing continues this Saturday, 11 February at Royal Randwick.
Patrons will be able to enjoy a celebration of Chinese culture with food outlets Let’s Do Yum Cha and Trinhy’s Vietnamese Street Food providing Asian fare, a trackside dragon dance performance and bilingual TAB operators and announcements throughout the day.
A complimentary gift bag will also be distributed to the first 1,000 people to purchase a racebook.
The day will see the return of the Longines World’s Best Turf Horse, Winx ($1.12 TAB Fixed Odds), to the track when she lines up in day’s racing feature, the Group 2 $250,000 The Star Apollo Stakes.
The Chris Waller-trained mare will be shooting for her 14th consecutive win and will be looking to join Sunline (2001, 2000) and Juggler (1997, 1996) as the only horses to claim multiple victories in this race should she be successful on Saturday.
Multiple Group 1 winner Hartnell, trained by John O’Shea, is the closest competitor in the market at $10.00 TAB Fixed Odds.
The pair went head-to-head twice during the spring season with Winx proving too strong on both occasions. However Hartnell was impressive in his other starts and did not finish outside the placings throughout his six run campaign.
Australian Turf Club Chief Operating Officer Tony Partridge encourages sport lovers to be trackside for an exceptional day of racing on Saturday.
“Sydney’s premier Carnival is only one month away which means some of Australia’s best horses will be on show in their campaign toward the Australian Turf Club’s most prestigious races,’’ Mr Partridge said.
“This week will see the return of Sydney’s glamour mare Winx, her first race appearance since claiming the title of third at the Longines World’s Race Horse Awards”.
The other Group 2 headline is the $200,000 TAB Light Fingers Stakes over 1200m.
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have entered Global Glamour, who has opened as the $3.40 TAB Fixed Odds favourite.
The three-year-old filly fell short at the line in her last start at the Gold Coast on 14 January.
Spright (4.60 TAB Fixed Odds) from the Garry Frazer stable will return from a spell and will have ambitions of continuing his winning streak during the spring carnival of three wins from three starts.
Lightly raced Honesty Prevails ($6.50 TAB Fixed Odds) will also return to the track after succumbing to an injury last September.
Trainer Rick Worthington has given the Redoute’s Choice filly two barrier starts in preparation to this run in which she displayed impressive form.
The Australian Turf Club has introduced a range of extra measures and comforts for patrons and ATC Members in anticipation of the extremely hot weather at Saturday’s Royal Randwick meeting.
Hydrating mist fans will be placed across the racecourse and extra free water stations will be available in addition to free water at all bars.
Air-conditioning will be run from pre-dawn to allow grandstands and inside areas to be further cooled, whilst free sunscreen will be available at concierges.
ATC members will not be required to wear jackets or ties in Members areas.
Free car parking is available at the racecourse and for those with pre-purchased tickets, free buses run from 11am between Eddy Avenue at Central Station and Royal Randwick racecourse.
Adult general admission tickets are available for $15.00 at ticketek.com.au.
Gates Open at 10.45am with the first race at 12.05pm.