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Royal Randwick Welcomes The Championships

The Sydney Carnival moves to Royal Randwick this Saturday for The Championships Day 1, highlighted by the running of four prestigious Group 1 races, including the $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile and the $2 million BMW Australian Derby.

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.

Headlining the racing, the Group 1 $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile will see the winner join an honour roll of champions with likes of Super Impose, Sunline and Sydney’s glamour girl, Winx, all winning this time honoured event.

Kris Lees-trained Le Romain has opened as the $6.00 TAB Fixed Odds favourite in the Group 1 $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile. The four-year-old has had three runs this preparation resulting in two wins and a second place to Winx. Proven over the distance, jockey Hugh Bowman will be looking to steer the gelding to his fourth Group 1 victory.

Punters cannot split Hauraki for John O’Shea and McCreery, trained by Chris Waller, who both sit on the second line of betting at $8.00 TAB Fixed Odds. Both geldings have drawn a wide barrier and have had two runs in the lead up to the mile race.

In the Group 1 $2 million BMW Australian Derby for three-year-olds, New Zealand Derby winner Gingernuts has been supported into $3.50 TAB Fixed Odds favouritism. Boasting five wins from eight starts, the Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained chestnut will be looking to claim a hat-trick of Group 1 wins if successful on Saturday.

Inference ($4.40 TAB Fixed Odds) for Hawkes Racing will be looking to go one better this start having run second to Gingernuts in the Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas on 18 March.

Fellow New Zealander Jon Snow ($6.00 TAB Fixed Odds) will also take on the 2400m test, with the son of Iffraaj on the quick back up following a good win last week in the Tulloch Stakes over 2000m.

Longines World’s Best Sprinter, Chautauqua for Hawkes Racing will line up in an effort to take out his third consecutive Group 1 $2.5 million Darley TJ Smith Stakes. The six-year-old has been successful on seven occasions over the 1200m distance and opened as the $4.60 TAB Fixed Odds favourite.

Second, third and fourth placings in the Longines Golden Slipper lead the betting in the Group 1 $1 million Inglis Sires’. Frolic ($4.60 TAB Fixed Odds), Tulip ($6.00 TAB Fixed Odds) and Menari ($8.00 TAB Fixed Odds) will all face the starer in an open race.

The action off the track will continue throughout the day and conclude with a not-to-be-missed performance by ATC Ambassador Ronan Keating after the last race in the Theatre of the Horse.

Featuring four Group 1 races on the track, the action off the track will continue throughout the day and conclude with a not-to-be-missed performance by ATC Ambassador Ronan Keating after the last race in the Theatre of the Horse.

Fashion forward guests are encouraged to dress in their best monochromatic ensemble and be part of The Fashion Chute presented by theRaces.com.au. Contestants can register at ‘The Fashion Chute’ photowall on the Octagonal Lawn from 10.30am. Preliminary finalists will be selected to compete in the final on The Championships Day 2, Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day, for prizes including return Emirates flights to Europe and a Moët & Chandon VIP Experience in France.

Those looking to take their race day culinary experience to the next level can book into Little Sydney for an unforgettable gourmet experience. Presenting a curated selection of iconic Sydney restaurants; Catalina, Victor Churchill and China Doll, the three eateries will come together under one roof to host food lovers and Sydney’s social set.

Public gates will open at 10.45am with the first race at 12.10pm.

Royal Randwick has free high-capacity WiFi across the racecourse precinct.

View the fields and form for Saturday including race replays here.

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