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Celebrate an exciting season of spring racing

August 24, 2023

VIP guests at the Sydney Everest Carnival Long Lunch will include Sam and Cameron Bloom, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, James Tobin, Rodger Corser, Mark Beretta, Amber Sherlock, and more.
• Proceeds raised by the Australian Turf Club Foundation at the Sydney Everest Carnival Long Lunch will be directed towards SpinalCure Australia.
• The 2023 Sydney Everest Carnival officially begins with the first raceday – the Sydney Surf to Turf Day at Royal Randwick on Saturday 16 September 2023.

The Australian Turf Club is proud to launch the Sydney Everest Carnival Long Lunch, the first event of the highly anticipated 2023 Sydney Everest Carnival. The Sydney Everest Carnival Long Lunch will serve as a grand prelude to TAB Everest Day, featuring the world’s best sprinters competing in the $20 million TAB Everest, the world’s richest race on turf, to be held on 14 October 2023 at world-famous Royal Randwick.

The Sydney Everest Carnival Long Lunch will be held on the Members’ Lawn of Royal Randwick Racecourse, drawing over 400 guests ahead of the world-renowned Sydney Everest
Carnival, bringing together the very best in entertainment, fashion, hospitality, and racing – all while supporting a worthwhile cause – placing Sydney firmly on the global stage for exciting, premium live events.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Royal Randwick, the Sydney Everest Carnival Long Lunch will be a feast for the senses. Commencing in the Moët & Chandon Garden, followed by a sitdown dining experience and a bespoke menu prepared by ATC’s new Executive Chef at Royal Randwick, Craig Knudsen. The Sydney Everest Carnival Long Lunch will include unforgettable live entertainment alongside a charity raffle and silent auction, with all proceeds supporting SpinalCure Australia.

The Sydney Everest Carnival Long Lunch Experience

Upon arrival to Royal Randwick, guests step into the Moët & Chandon Garden to be greeted with arrival drinks, canapés, captivating entertainment, and an unmissable Moët & Chandon champagne tower. Hosted by Channel 7’s James Tobin, guests will be treated to a live aerialist performance and inspiring guest speakers Sam and Cameron Bloom, the real-life inspiration behind the touching movie ‘Penguin Bloom’ produced by, and starring Naomi Watts, inspired by the book of the same name authored by Cameron Bloom. The culinary journey will tantalise tastebuds with an elevated long lunch experience curated by Royal Randwick’s new Executive Chef Craig Knudsen.

A Noteworthy Cause in Partnership with SpinalCure Australia and Cerrone

Beyond being a wonderful celebration of Spring, the Sydney Everest Carnival Long Lunch is dedicated to supporting a noble cause. Entering the second year of this partnership, the Australian Turf Club Foundation will support SpinalCure Australia to raise money with a silent auction and raffle, with all proceeds directed to pioneering spinal cord injury research and treatment for over 20,000 Australians living with a spinal cord injury.

“We are thrilled to be the charity partner at the Sydney Everest Carnival Long Lunch, continuing our partnership with the ATC Foundation. This year’s event promises to be a truly fabulous day and we are delighted to have SpinalCure ambassador, Sam Bloom, along with her husband Cameron join us as the guest speakers,” says SpinalCure Australia CEO Kathryn Borkovic. “It is great to see the racing industry come together in support to raise awareness about the life-changing potential of Project Spark.”


Generous support has been received for the fourth consecutive year from legendary Sydney jeweller Nic Cerrone, who has kindly donated an exquisite, one-of-a-kind Cerrone necklace and pendant as the feature raffle prize. The Cerrone necklace features an 18ct white gold London blue topaz and diamond chain and an exquisite 37.04ct emerald cut London blue topaz weighing a total of 34.28 grams with a retail value of $32,000.

The beautiful Cerrone necklace will be placed into the raffle for the event, whilst a Longines Dolce Vita timepiece will be available through the silent auction, which will also include sought-after tickets to see Taylor Swift in Sydney, generously provided by James Squire as well as a wide array of other covetable experiences, collectibles, and prizes.

In partnership with Racing NSW, Cerrone is also the designer of the TAB Everest Trophy – which showcases approximately 550ct of black diamonds, 32ct of white diamonds and two ruby eyes, all weighing in at 14kgs, with an approximate value of over $800,000. This trophy is awarded to the winner of The TAB Everest alongside the total prize of $20 million.

Tickets for the Sydney Everest Carnival Long Lunch are priced at $295 per person.

To purchase tickets, and for further information, visit the Australian Turf Club website:

Sydney Everest Carnival Long Lunch

The Sydney Everest Carnival Long Lunch is proudly held in partnership with Racing NSW and made possible with the support of partners including Moët & Chandon, TRESemmé, James Squire, Petaluma Wines, Cerrone and the Australian Turf Club Foundation.

The Sydney Everest Carnival Long Lunch kicks off an exciting season of Spring Racing in Sydney and will be followed by the Sydney Surf to Turf Day, the first official raceday of the Carnival on Saturday 16 September at Royal Randwick.

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