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December 21, 2022

The Australian Turf Club will host four metropolitan meetings over eight days of the upcoming Christmas and New Year season – giving Sydney racegoers a variety of options to celebrate on track.

Entry is free for all customers to Royal Randwick this Saturday for the ten-race card on a Christmas Eve raceday.

The meeting has attracted 126 acceptors including a clash of three crack two-year-olds in the $150,000 Drinkwise Plate as the youngsters look to further claims towards the $5 million Longines Golden Slipper and other feature races in coming months.

Following Saturday’s Christmas Eve raceday, further Sydney meetings will be at:

  • Boxing Day at Royal Randwick (Monday 26 December) featuring the Group 3 $200,000 Summer Cup and includes free entry for all racegoers with the first race starting at 1.35pm;
  • New Year’s Eve at Royal Randwick (Saturday 31 December) with the first race at 12.20pm and the last race at 6pm;
  • A twilight meeting on New Year’s Day (Saturday 1 January) as part of the KIA Night Racing season at Canterbury Park featuring the Listed $160,000 Canterbury Sprint, with race 1 at 3.20pm and the final race at 7.30pm.

The Canterbury Park New Year’s Day meeting will also offer free entry for all customers and include the popular Foodies Markets across a variety of stalls, along with a host of free children’s and family entertainment.

On Saturday at Royal Randwick, the first race of the day holds huge interest for upcoming two-year-old features.

Breeders Plate winner Empire of Japan for trainers Peter and Paul Snowden and champion Sydney jockey James McDonald and Gimcrack Stakes winning filly Platinum Jubilee trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and with Regan Bayliss aboard clash.

TAB has opened colt Empire of Japan at $2.60 and the horse has been strongly backed early into $2.30 Fixed Odds.

Platinum Jubilee is a firm $2.60 TAB second pick ahead of third favourite Godfather – also trained by Peter and Paul Snowden and with Ben Melham aboard – at $4.20-$4.40 TAB.

Each of the three have all had one start for one victory.

Full fields for Saturday’s Royal Randwick meeting are available here and full TAB Fixed Odds markets for all races available here. 

Gates open for Australian Turf Club Members at 11am and General Admission customers at 11.15am, with the first race due to start at 12.20pm.

For all racing, general and ticketing information including hospitality options across the Festive Season and New Year click here.

General admission tickets for 2023 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival are now on sale. Book early and save.

Hospitality program for 2023 including the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and Sydney Everest Carnival is now on sale.

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