WORLD-CLASS AUSTRALIAN TURF CLUB CARNIVAL ENDS IN STYLE
April 24, 2021
The Australian Turf Club’s world-class Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival has concluded in spectacular style with the running of Schweppes All Aged Stakes at Royal Randwick.
The six-week carnival at Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick has played host to a total of 56 races – of which 48 were run at Group and listed level.
Along with 18 Group 1 races, more than $35,000,000 in prizemoney was distributed across the Carnival.
A total of 661 runners competed for three weeks at Rosehill Gardens and three weeks at Royal Randwick, including two weeks of sold-out crowds for the eighth running of The Championships.
The world’s richest race for two year olds – the $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper – was taken out by Stay Inside, ridden by Tommy Berry and trained by Richard and Michael Freedman.
Stay Inside is now being sought out as a possible runner in the $15 million TAB Everest in the Spring.
Among many other highlights of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival was the win of UK galloper Addeybb in Sydney’s richest Autumn race, the $4 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
It was Addeybb’s second consecutive win in the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes for jockey Tom Marquand and leading international trainer William Haggas.
Another star performer was Godolphin’s runner up in the Longines Golden Slipper Anamoe, who continued his strong form winning the Group 1 Inglis Sires two weeks later at Royal Randwick.
Australia’s eight-time Group 1 winner Verry Elleegant further stamped her class with a win the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes, followed by a second placing to Addeybb in the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Hungry Heart had an excellent Sydney Autumn Carnival winning two Group 1s, the Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill Gardens, before tackling The Star Australian Oaks which she won in impressive fashion for jockey Kerrin McEvoy and trainer Chris Waller. The back-to-back Group 1 wins by the flashy Frankel filly earned her the ‘Queen Of The Autumn’ Award.
Chris Waller was again crowned leading trainer after another dominant Carnival with 14 winners including 6 Group 1s.
James McDonald rode 14 winners for the carnival, including four Group 1s to take out the Leading Jockey.
Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager Racing and Wagering James Ross said: “This year’s Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival delivered world-class racing across the six-week period and featured some of the best local and international horses in many years.
“Our flagship races delivered with the Longines Golden Slipper, Kia Tancred Stakes, Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes, The Star Doncaster and Schweppes All Aged Stakes all producing championship performances.
“To see the stars deliver on our biggest days is what makes The Star Championships and Verry Elleegant, Sir Dragonet and Addeybb provided world-class racing.
“Our champion participants in trainer Chris Waller, jockey James Macdonald and a new star in racing visiting Sydney in Jamie Kah has made this carnival memorable.
“This event is a highlight on the global racing calendar and each year Sydney becomes the racing destination of choice for so many visiting racegoers from interstate and international destinations.”
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