The 2017 Sydney Carnival concludes this Saturday, 15 April with Schweppes All Aged Stakes Day at Royal Randwick, headlined by two Group 1 races.
The racing feature of the day, the Group 1 $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes will see ten contenders face the starter in a wide open betting race.
Favourite at $3.80 TAB Fixed Odds is Kris Lees-trained Le Romain. The four-year-old had a disappointing run in The Star Doncaster Mile where he was badly held up. Prior to this, the gelding had two wins and a place from his last three starts.
English, trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, who won this race last year, sits on the second line of betting at $4.00 TAB Fixed Odds. The Encosta De Lago mare had a strong last start, running second to Chautauqua in the Group 1 Darley TJ Smith Stakes.
Voodoo Lad for Darren Weir will also run in the Group 1 feature. The five-year-old gelding has proven himself over the distance on two occasions and ran fifth place in the Darley TJ Smith Stakes.
Punters could not go past Invader for Snowden Racing in the Group 1 $500,000 Moët & Chandon Champagne Stakes who opened as the short priced $1.95 TAB Fixed Odds favourite. The Inglis Sires winner will be looking for back-to-back wins when he lines up on Saturday.
Whispered Secret ($4.60 TAB Fixed Odds) will be on the quick back-up following a good win over the Royal Randwick mile last week. The James Cummings-trained filly will also benefit from the track conditions having won on both a Heavy and Soft track.
Paul Perry’s The Mission will make the trip down from Newcastle. The well-bred son of Choisir finished sixth to Invader in the Inglis Sires, however ran on for a solid 2.5 length win the start prior on 25 March.
Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager Racing Services & Membership, James Heddo said the Sydney Carnival has been a memorable six weeks.
“Over the past six weeks we have witnessed 18 Group 1 races, with two more on show this weekend,” said Mr Heddo.
“Royal Randwick has seen two successive weeks of wonderful crowds enjoying the autumn racing season which has included history making moments including a third successive Darley TJ Smith Stakes by Chautauqua, and Winx taking out her 17th straight win.
“We have seen great fashion, Sydney’s best restaurants showcasing their signature menu items and a live performance by a world-class musician and it will be great to enjoy the Carnival’s finale this Easter Saturday.”
Racegoers can take advantage of free event transport which is included with all valid pre-purchased tickets and ATC Members cards to ensure a hassle free arrival and departure from Royal Randwick.
Off the track, patrons will be able to enjoy a live DJ at the Heineken Bar or see how they would fare as a professional jockey at the TAB We Love A Bet virtual reality experience on the Octagonal Lawn.
The Canadian Club Giddy Up Club, located on the Shannon Lawn, will be serving up two signature Canadian Club cocktails, the Pina Canadian and Apple Fizz throughout the day. Every consumer who purchases two beverages at the marquee will receive a complimentary fedora.
Public gates will open at 10.45am with the first race at 12.05pm.
Royal Randwick has free high-capacity WiFi across the racecourse precinct.