The Australian Turf Club-today officially launched the 2017 Sydney Carnival, a six week program of world-class racing entertainment from 11 March to 15 April 2017 at Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick.
The Carnival boasts 18 Group 1 events amongst 48 Black Type races worth more than $33 million in prize money. Some of Australia’s most respected racing figures were in attendance as sport and style came together for the unveiling of the 2017 racing and celebrity ambassador line-up.
Sydney’s champion trainer Chris Waller, Australia’s first lady of racing, trainer Gai Waterhouse, NSW leading Provincial trainer Kris Lees, and champion jockey Hugh Bowman joined the event to celebrate the launch of Sydney’s signature racing season.
Australian actress and AACTA Award winner, Elizabeth Debicki, actor and member of Swing On This, Ben Mingay, 800 Words star, Melina Vidler, model Montana Cox, Ginger & Smart designers, Alexandra and Genevieve Smart and radio hosts, Ryan Fitzgerald and Michael Wipfli were named as Sydney Carnival ambassadors for 2017.
Also joining celebrations ahead of the 2017 Sydney Carnival were some of Sydney’s most iconic chefs and food providores representing Sydney racing’s popular precinct, Little Sydney; Victor Churchill’s Anthony Puharich, Mark Axisa from Catalina, Frank Shek from China Doll and James Viles for Biota, and James Boag.
Australian Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Darren Pearce said he is excited at the prospect of seeing an equine superstar in the mighty mare Winx, who just last Saturday recorded a remarkable 15th straight win to surpass the legendary Phar Lap’s longest streak.
This year Royal Randwick will celebrate the milestone of its 25th anniversary since officially becoming a ‘royal’ racecourse, as endorsed by Queen Elizabeth ll.