A spectacular day of world-class Group 1 racing and a special appearance of the world’s best horse Winx are among an array of highlights on The Championships Day 1 this Saturday at Royal Randwick.
The Group 1 $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile and Group 1 $2 million Harrolds Australian Derby take centre stage on one of the great traditional days on the Sydney sporting and social calendar.
Australia’s newest sporting icon Winx will have an exhibition gallop on the course proper at 11.40am this Saturday as she prepares for her farewell start before an expected sell-out crowd in the Group 1 $4 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes on 13 April.
Australian Turf Club Members can enter Royal Randwick from 10am on Saturday and general admission ticket holders from 10.45am to secure vantage points for Winx’s gallop.
Travel on all NSW Transport services to and from Royal Randwick is included in the price of pre-purchased general admission tickets, as well as for ATC Member annual card holders.
Among a range of pop-up food and beverage outlets across all areas at Royal Randwick will be the new TAB Betting Barn on the Leger Lawn, an undercover space for the general public with full access to facilities and included in the price of general admission tickets.
Winx’s gallop will be a prelude to a huge 10-race card, which includes wide open betting fields in each of the four Group 1 races, along with the running of the $500,000 Newhaven Park Country Championships Final.
A capacity field of 20 lines up in the Group 1 $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile in one of the strongest fields in several decades.
The Hawkes Racing-trained Brutal – who ran second to Winx at his latest start – is the early $5.50 TAB fixed odds favourite, to be ridden by Glen Boss who is aiming for his seventh win in The Star Doncaster.
The powerful Godolphin team led by trainer James Cummings has boom mare Alizee ($7) for Blake Shinn and the crowd favourite Hartnell to be ridden by Hugh Bowman ($10).
The Group 1 $2 million Harrolds Australian Derby has also attracted a capacity field of 18 runners over the testing 2400m circuit.
The Mike Maroney trained pair Arrogant ($5) with Craig Williams aboard and Chapada ($5.50) for Damien Oliver head the market.
The Group 1 $2.5 million Aquis TJ Smith Stakes brings together Australia’s elite sprinters in another cracking field.
Multiple Group 1 winner Trapeze Artist ($4 fav) defends his 2018 crown in the race ahead of a host of stars in Osborne Bulls ($4.40), Pierata ($6), Santa Ana Lane ($7.50), boom filly Sunlight ($8) and the dual TAB Everest winner Redzel ($8.50).
The Group 1 Inglis Sires’ sees the reigning Longines Golden Slipper champion, Godolphin’s Kiamichi ($9), look to take the second leg of the two-year-old Triple Crown.
Loving Gaby, who ran a strong fourth in the Longines Golden Slipper, is the $4.80 favourite, ahead of another Godolphin/Cummings runner in Microphone ($5.50).
Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager Racing Services & Membership, James Heddo, said Saturday’s program was amongst the strongest days ever seen at Royal Randwick.
“From start to finish racing fans will see world-class racing across a 10-race card stacked with Group 1 quality and wide open betting races,” Mr Heddo said.
“Those on course early this Saturday will have a special treat in seeing Winx in action on the course proper before what shapes as an unforgettable moment in Australian history next week.”
Royal Randwick and all ATC racecourses provide free parking and free high capacity WiFi. For all ticketing, racing and general information for Sydney Autumn Racing racedays visit theraces.com.au