WORLD-CLASS SYDNEY AUTUMN RACING CARNIVAL HITS NEW HIGHS
April 15, 2023
A record-breaking Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival concluded today following six weeks of world-class racing, featuring Sydney and Australia’s best horses, trainers and jockeys taking on international competition broadcast to more than 60 countries.
More than $41 million in prizemoney was won by owners, trainers, jockeys and stablehands including in 18 Group 1 races and 48 Blacktype events across 60 races hosted by Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club.
Today at Royal Randwick the final two Group 1 races of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival were won by reigning TAB Everest champion Giga Kick (Clayton Douglas/Craig Williams) in the 160th renewal of the $1.5 million Schweppes All Aged Stakes and Militarize (Chris Waller/Joao Moreira) in the 160th renewal of the $600,000 Moët & Chandon Champagne Stakes, following their win in the Group 1 $1 million Inglis Sires.
A total of 723 runners competed for three weeks at Rosehill Gardens and three weeks at Royal Randwick, including two weeks of the tenth running of The Star Championships at Royal Randwick on 1 and 8 April
Among many Group 1 highlights over the six weeks from 11 March to 15 April were:
- Sydney’s 12-time Premiership Champion Trainer Chris Waller winning his first Group 1 $5 million Longines Golden Slipper with the Coolmore-owned Shinzo, ridden by superstar international jockey Ryan Moore at Rosehill Gardens;
- Leading UK trainer William Haggas and jockey Tom Marquand winning a third Group 1 $5 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick, this year in the 70th renewal with Dubai Honour, who also won the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill Gardens;
- Star galloper and defending Golden Eagle victor I Wish I Win taking out the Group 1 $3 million Furphy TJ Smith Stakes from Giga Kick in a world-class field of sprinters at Royal Randwick;
- Iconic Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse with training partner Adrian Bott winning her first Group 1 $2 million Australian Derby with Major Beel, ridden by Tim Clark;
- Mr Brightside becoming just the tenth horse in more than 158 years to win dual Group 1 $4 million The Star Doncaster Miles for trainers Ben and JD Hayes and leading international jockey Zac Purton;
- Kiwis Pennyweka (trainer Jim Wallace and jockey Damien Lane) in the Group 1 $1 million The Star Australian Oaks and Prowess (Roger James & Robert Wellwood/Mark Zahra) Group 1 $600,000 Vinery Stud Stakes dominating the three-year-old fillies events.
Over the 60 races of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the leading trainer on a 3-2-1 win and place points basis was Chris Waller on 58 points, ahead of James Cummings on 52 points.
The leading rider under the 3-2-1 points basis was James McDonald on 54 points, ahead of Nash Rawiller on 33 and Joao Moreira on 26.
Nash Rawiller with two Group 1 wins – Lindemann in the Sky Racing Active Rosehill Guineas and Atishu in the Sydney Queen Of The Turf Stakes, Ryan Moore aboard Shinzo (Longines Golden Slipper) and Dubai Honour (Ranvet Stakes), and Joao Moreira on Militarize (Inglis Sires/Moët & Chandon Champagne Stakes) were joint leading Group 1 riders.
Four of international racing’s best jockeys won Group 1 races – Ryan Moore (Longines Golden Slipper), Zac Purton (The Star Doncaster), Tom Marquand (Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes) and Joao Moreira (Inglis Sires/Moët & Chandon Champagne Stakes).
Amongst the world-class jockey ranks, two of Sydney’s rising stars in the saddle won their first career Group 1 races – Tyler Schiller aboard Mariama in the Kia Ora Galaxy at Rosehill Gardens and Dylan Gibbons on Explosive Jack in the Schweppes Sydney Cup at Royal Randwick.
Trainers with most number of Group 1 wins were Chris Waller with six (Shinzo – Longines Golden Slipper, Espiona – Coolmore Classic, Lindermann – Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas, Militarize Inglis Sires/Moët & Chandon Champagne Stakes and Atishu Sydney Queen of the Turf), followed by William Haggas with two (Dubai Honour – Ranvet Stakes, Longines Queen Elizabeth).
Amongst other races at the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival:
- Sizzle Minizzle for Dubbo trainer Brett Robb and jockey Sam Clipperton won the $500,000 Newhaven Park Country Championships Final at Royal Randwick ;
- Newcastle trainer Kris Lees won his fifth Polytrack Provincial-Midway Championships Final in just the ninth running with Spangler, ridden by James McDonald;
- Godolphin’s James Cummings training Anamoe to a ninth career Group 1 win in the $1 million The Agency George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill Gardens with jockey James McDonald
- Arapaho giving jockey Rachel King a third Group 1 career victory in the $1.5 million Kia Tancred Stakes for Warwick Farm trainer Bjorn Baker
Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager Racing and Wagering James Ross said: “The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival has been watched in more than 60 countries around the world and has seen Australia’s best take on international stars right across the six weeks.
“Our champion trainers Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse amongst others and star jockeys such as James McDonald and Nash Rawiller have battled with some of the best trainers and jockeys from the UK, Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand in six weeks of world-class racing.”
“Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club have hosted more than 7,000 owners at these racedays including celebrating with industry the 10th running of The Star Championships.”
“We especially thank racing participants for their strong support of Sydney’s world-class racing at Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick at this record-breaking Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.’’
A comprehensive review, results and statistics service for all Group and Blacktype races along with other key feature Sydney races from 28 January to 15 April, encompassing the six-week Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, can be found at https://www.racingandsports.com.au/transcription/atc/sydney-autumn-2023/
AUSTRALIAN TURF CLUB MEDIA CONTACT:
Brett de Vine
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