SYDNEY EVEREST CARNIVAL LAUNCHED IN SPECTACULAR STYLE ON SYDNEY HARBOUR
September 13, 2022
The Australian Turf Club (ATC) has officially launched the spectacular eight-week Sydney Everest Carnival celebrating world-class racing, fashion, hospitality and events from 17 September to 5 November at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens.
Kicking the event off in style aboard luxury vessel The Jackson, guests enjoyed iconic harbour views, fashion-tainment, a performance by Queen Forever tribute band and hospitality featuring canapes, Moët & Chandon and the Chandon Garden Spritz Aromatic Station.
Special guests included six-time winning Sydney Premiership jockey James McDonald, elite trainers Chris Waller, Paul Snowden, Adrian Bott and Mark Newnham, ATC Stylist Donny Galella, Everest Carnival Culinary Ambassador Chef Colin Fassnidge, Samantha Armytage, David and Candice Warner, fashion personalities Kate Waterhouse, Viktoria Novak, Ann Shoebridge, and Neil Grigg and the glamourous Holtznagel siblings.
Boasting a staggering $66.3 million in prizemoney and trophies, six Group 1 races, and 31 Black Type events, the Sydney Everest Carnival is one of the most anticipated events on the world racing stage, led by Everest Day, featuring the world’s richest turf race, the $15 million TAB Everest at Royal Randwick on 15 October, Golden Eagle Day, featuring the $10 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill Gardens on 29 October and the new $2 million The Big Dance on Cup Day at Royal Randwick on 1 November.
This Sydney Everest Carnival will be overflowing with exciting activations and entertainment including “The Glam House”, a stylish new precinct on all carnival days at Royal Randwick to help racegoers look and feel their best with hair and makeup touch-ups, live music, express massages, fashion illustrations and a perfume parlour.
The $30,000 Spring Fashion Stakes competition returns on Fujitsu General George Main Stakes Day, Everest Day and Golden Eagle Day, showcasing the best dressed female, and male while introducing the new “Showstopper” category which celebrates the bold, and diverse without gender constraints.
Sneaky Sound System, Queen Forever, Furnace and the Fundamentals and Miami Horror make up the ATC’s popular “After the Last” Concert series across key days, with more headline acts, including an international drawcard, soon to be announced
Wooing racegoers since opening last December, the $46 million WINX Stand, will have its spring carnival debut. Free for all general admission racegoers, the spectacular two-storey, state-of-the-art venue has quickly become the destination of choice and on Everest Day, will be transformed into a vibrant “Club Cuba” bringing the energy of Havana with mojitos, fedoras and salsa dancers to add to the carnival atmosphere on course.
In addition to the award-winning restaurants at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens led by ATC Executive Head Chef Gerry Maher, the ATC has partnered with Sydney’s iconic China Doll and chef Frank Shek to present “The Manor by China Doll” on Everest Day, and renowned celebrity chef Colin Fassnidge to present bespoke menus for specific carnival days and events, while “The Botanic by Chandon Garden Spritz” will present a sophisticated garden party overlooking Royal Randwick’s famous Theatre Of The Horse on both Everest and Cup Days.
The 2022 Sydney Everest Carnival commences with Fujitsu General George Main Stakes Day on 17 September at Royal Randwick and concludes with Five Diamonds Ladies Day at Rosehill Gardens on 5 November.
Australian Turf Club Chairman Peter McGauran said: “The Sydney Everest Carnival showcases magnificent Thoroughbreds from across NSW and beyond competing for the highest prizemoney in the world at the renowned Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens racecourses.
“These eight weeks of racing puts Sydney on the national and international racing and entertainment stage and provides thousands of jobs and added tourism and economic benefit to NSW.
“The stars of the show are the horses and their dedicated trainers, owners and handlers and the Australian Turf Club and Racing NSW are proud to host a world class carnival which has something for everyone.”
Minister for Racing Kevin Anderson said this year’s carnival is set to be bigger and better than ever with record crowds in attendance to watch Australia’s best horse racing and experience Australia’s best hospitality.
“Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens will play host to the world’s best horses over the Sydney Everest Carnival and spectators are expected trackside in droves to revel in the Spring weather and experience the hospitality of the Australian Turf Club and surrounding businesses,” Mr Anderson said.
“This Carnival will bring people from all over the world with over 130,000 people expected to attend. This will generate around $100 million to the NSW economy, with a substantial amount of that being spent in the hospitality sector.
“The thoroughbred racing industry employs around 30,000 people but the flow on effects are much greater. People come to town for a day at the races and they spend money at hotels, pubs and restaurants, growing the NSW economy. Congratulations to the Australian Turf Club and Racing NSW and all involved for continuing to provide this world class entertainment.”
For more information on the Sydney Everest Racing Carnival and to book tickets or hospitality please visit australianturfclub.com.au.
Key guests included: Adrian Bott, Ann Shoebridge, Annabel Neasham, Brenton Avdulla, Chris Waller, Colin Fassnidge, David & Candice Warner, Donny Galella, James McDonald, Kate Waterhouse, Madeline Holtznagel, Nikki Phillips, Paul Snowden, Samantha Armytage, Simone Holtznagel and Viktoria Novak
Sydney Everest Carnival Racedays:
Saturday 17 September – Fujitsu General George Main Stakes Day, Royal Randwick
Saturday 24 September – Chandon Golden Rose Day, Rosehill Gardens
Saturday 1 October – TAB Epsom Day, Royal Randwick (October long weekend)
Saturday 8 October – Silver Eagle Day, Royal Randwick
Saturday 15 October – Everest Day, Royal Randwick
Saturday 22 October – Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day, Royal Randwick
Saturday 29 October – Golden Eagle Day, Rosehill Gardens
Tuesday 1 November – The Big Dance on Cup Day, Royal Randwick
Saturday 5 November – Five Diamonds Ladies Day, Rosehill Gardens
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