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September 17, 2022

Racegoers flocked to Royal Randwick for Fujitsu General George Main Stakes Day which launched the Sydney Everest Carnival.

With a touch of red around Royal Randwick, punters were treated to great racing and entertainment as they soaked up everything the day had to offer.

It was the return of TAB Everest champion Nature Strip and James McDonald, with five winners, who stole the show with a brilliant win, signaling he is on track to defend his title in the $15 million race on 15 October.

It was James McDonald’s third straight win when he took out the Group 2 Bowermans Shorts for Chris Waller.

“He’s got ring craft, just to switch off and do those little things right. It’s a good first-up run with improvement to come and we will be there in four weeks time,” said Waller.

Overpass for Bjorn Baker finished in second place and showed he is worthy of a slot in the TAB Everest, while Lost And Running for John O’Shea rattled home in third place and will be a force when he runs in the TAB Slot on 15 October.

In the feature race of the day, the Group 1 $1 million Fujitsu General George Main Stakes, it was star four-year-old Anamoe who claimed his fifth Group 1 race for Godolphin and trainer and gave James McDonald another victory.

“It has signaled his intent (winning second-up) and the rest of the campaign he can keep his eyes on the big targets ahead and let them all know he’s coming for them,” said Cummings following the win.

Icebath was gallant in defeat finishing second in the race, which was her fifth placing in a Group 1 race. She will defend her title in the $2 million The Invitation (1400m) on Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day on 22 October at Royal Randwick.

There was plenty to do around the racecourse with many taking the opportunity to get their photo snapped with the TAB Everest trophy worth $600,000, with the world’s richest race on turf taking place on 15 October at Royal Randwick.

One of the places to be was the WINX Stand which is open to all racegoers. The ground floor featured DJ and food outlets which opened up on to the Leger lawn to get close to the racing action. Upstairs in The Gallery North Room will feature a sports bar with bespoke food offering and betting activation. While The Gallery South has DJs with cocktails and tapas. The open terrace is also home to the Happy Clapper Bar which has one of the best views on track.

The crowd danced the day away in the Theatre Of The Horse to the beats of multi-ARIA Music Award winning group Sneaky Sound System who were the ‘After The Last’ act.

Check out our Sydney Everest Carnival music line-up here.

Book early and save to ensure you are part of the Sydney Everest Carnival as next Saturday we head to Rosehill Gardens for Chandon Golden Rose Day.

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