October 20, 2016
The Australian Turf Club will host back-to-back racing events with this Friday, 21 October marking the opening night of Schweppes Summer Nights at Canterbury Park night racing series and Saturday, 22 October featuring Cox Plate Race Day at Royal Randwick.
Entry is free to all nine race meetings included in the Summer Nights at Canterbury Park program, where patrons will be able to enjoy the hugely popular Canterbury Foodies Markets as well as free family entertainment including a jumping castle, pony rides and face painting.
The feature racing event of the night, the $80,000 Schweppes Evening Star has a full field of 12 entrants with two emergencies.
Bjorn Baker-trained Selita opened as the $3.50 TAB Fixed Odds favourite following a good first-up second place on 5 October.
The Sydney Spring Carnival will continue on Saturday with Cox Plate Race Day where racegoers will enjoy nine live races trackside while all of the action from Moonee Valley, including Winx versus Hartnell in the main race at 5.00pm, will be televised across the course.
Well-dressed couples and individuals are encouraged to have their picture taken by top Fashion Show photographer Sonny Vandervelde at The Fashion Chute for their chance to win one of five $500 gift cards. Entrants need to upload their image to Instagram using the hashtag #TheRaces to be eligible to win.
Judged by radio host and media personality Zoe Marshall and Sonny Vandervelde, the top five winning contestants will be announced on Monday.
The gourmet food options will be in abundance with the Bearded Bakers bringing their pop-up Knafeh Bakery back to the track to bake their Middle Eastern dessert for racegoers throughout the day.
The Mews by delicious., will provide culinary delights from the finest Australian produce from the earth, paddock, sea and dairy. Patrons can chose from a range of options including Sydney Rock Oysters, treacle BBQ pork rolls and fish tacos to complement their day of racing.
On the Leger Lawn, The Bucket List marquee will have the best of their beachside menu trackside. The marquee will provide an energetic atmosphere with Sydney’s best DJs performing throughout the day.
The party vibes will continue after the last race with musical act The Potbelleez performing live. The three piece Irish-Australian music group will be hitting the stage at the Rose Garden Lawn as part of the Sydney Spring Carnival Concert Series.
On the track, Balmain Boy has opened as the $4.60 TAB Fixed Odds in the $100,000 Capital Bluestone Handicap.
Proven over the distance and with three starts completed this campaign, the Les Bridge-trained gelding will be ready for the challenge.
Happy Hannah has also been supported by punters, opening on the second line of betting at $6.50 TAB Fixed Odds. The More Than Ready mare has been successful in her two career wins over the 1600m.
The $100,000 IGA Liquor Handicap will see a competitive field of 11 face the starter.
Five-year-old Broadside for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott has opened as the $2.60 TAB Fixed Odds favourite following a good ½ length win at Royal Randwick on 8 October.
Tower Of Song ($8.00 TAB Fixed Odds), Encosta Line ($4.60 TAB Fixed Odds) and Vassal ($5.50 TAB Fixed Odds) will again duel this start after finishing first, second and third respectively in the Bowermans Office Furniture Handicap on 8 October.
Bring a group of friends to track at an affordable price by pre-purchasing a Sydney Spring Carnival ticket bundle, which offers five general admission tickets for $50. All pre-purchased tickets also include integrated train travel and buses to the eastern suburbs.
Adult general admission tickets are available for $20.00 at ticketek.com.au.
Entry is free to TAB Members and a guest.
Gates Open at 11.15am with the first race at 1.00pm.
For all ticketing, hospitality, racing and general information visit www.theATC.com.au.
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