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October 24, 2022

The Australian Turf Club (ATC) welcomes Channel 7 News Sports Presenter Mel McLaughlin as official Golden Eagle Day Ambassador for Rosehill Gardens’ biggest spring raceday, Golden Eagle Day on Saturday 29 October.

As racegoers continue to celebrate world-class racing, fashion, entertainment and hospitality throughout the Sydney Everest Carnival, Golden Eagle Day is preparing to showcase the fourth running of the $10 million Golden Eagle.

Not only Australia’s second richest race that brings together the best four-year-olds in the country, the Golden Eagle sees 10 per cent of all prizemoney earned donated to the winning owners’ charity of choice.

Western Sydney born and raised, Mel McLaughlin is one of Australia’s most talented and popular news anchors and shares a long-time passion for horse racing.

“I’ve always loved a day at the races and being a Western Sydney girl, Rosehill Gardens was the first racecourse I visited with family and friends and continues to be one of my favourite venues.

“To be offered the role of Golden Eagle Day Ambassador is a genuine thrill.

“Watching the horses and jockeys perform at their best with the opportunity to get glammed up and have fun is an ideal way to spend a Saturday.

“There is a host of entertainment this year too, including the FOMA Fashion Runway Show which is a wonderful display of spring fashion with a cultural twist and a free concert after the last race featuring international DJ powerhouse, Rudimental.”

The Golden Eagle Day Ambassador will be joining racegoers in wearing a touch of gold and will have the honour of delivering the spectacular Cerrone-designed Golden Eagle trophy trackside in front of a bumper crowd.

Mel McLaughlin will also be helping to judge the ATC’s $30,000 Spring Fashion Stakes competition alongside ATC’s Fashion Stylist Donny Galella and milliner Ann Shoebridge.

The judging panel will crown a Best Dressed Female and Male and the new Showstopper category that celebrates the bold and diverse without gender constraints.

The ATC has partnered with Fabrics of Multicultural Australia (FOMA) to host a free multicultural spring racewear fashion show to celebrate cultural diversity and fashion. The unique and stunning show will feature models from a variety of diverse backgrounds including First Nations, British, Afghan, Latin American and Ukrainian, wearing unique pieces from the below inspiring fashion designers:

  • Debra Naele – First Nations – Designer Maker, Boomalli, Gamilaraay/Wonnarua and Wiradjuri/ Boonwurung/ Palawa/ Yorta Yorta nations woman
  • Wendy Scully – Australian English – Founder, Wendy Scully Millinery
  • Maryam Oria – Australian Afghan – Founder, Sakena the Label
  • Eliana Gamboa – Chapman – Australian Latin American – Founder, My Paloma
  • Anya Hurwood – Australian Ukrainian – Founder, Anya Hurwood

Racegoers will enjoy a free trackside Gold Party, a stylish lawn featuring pop-up bars, DJs, and roving entertainment, while UK DJ sensation Rudimental will perform an unmissable concert after the last race, all included in General Admission tickets.

Fans of back-to-back NRL premiers Penrith Panthers, will be able to take their photo with the iconic Provan-Summons Trophy alongside the spectacular Golden Eagle trophy.

ATC Executive General Manager Commercial Melinda Madigan said: “Rosehill Gardens will come alive with a party like no other, headlined by the running of Australia’s second richest race the $10 million Golden Eagle”.

Golden Eagle Day is a significant event on the world-class Sydney Everest Carnival program, and with a genuine connection to Rosehill Gardens and love of thoroughbred racing, Mel McLaughlin is the perfect choice of ambassador to help us celebrate

For more information or to book tickets (from only $25) and hospitality for Golden Eagle Day visit

Sydney Everest Carnival (Remaining Dates):

Saturday 29 OctoberGolden Eagle Day, Rosehill Gardens

Tuesday 1 NovemberThe Big Dance on Cup Day, Royal Randwick

Saturday 5 NovemberFive Diamonds Ladies Day, Rosehill Gardens

NSW Racing and Sydney Everest Carnival Economic contribution

–    Racing across NSW contributes $3.5 billion to the NSW economy, supports 27,600 jobs and contributes $250 million in taxes to NSW Government each year.

–    Sydney Everest Carnival is expected to attract attendances of over 130,000 people and generate $100 million* in NSW economic benefit across retail, fashion, hospitality, accommodation, and tourism. Of this, $14.3 million* is spent on fashion, beauty and grooming with one in three women purchasing a new outfit and 50 per cent of men purchasing a new outfit every time they attend the races.

–    The Carnival also supports more than 2,000 full and part-time jobs.

–    Sydney Everest Carnival is anticipated to be watched by over 9.5 million viewers across Australia and in over 66 countries internationally via the Carnival’s broadcast partners Channel 7 and Sky Racing.

* 2021 IER Sydney Carnivals Economic Impact Study.

Photo credit: Jeff Darmanin, Daily Telegraph

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