The Autumn Racing Carnival in Sydney competes with Melbourne to attract the best talent and organize the richest, most prestigious racing events. This year’s Autumn Racing Carnival has been revamped in a variety of ways, offering fans of horse racing more excitement and upgraded facilities. These changes are the first in a series of steps that will soon see Sydney overshadowing the Melbourne racing scene. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s Autumn Racing Carnival, and what changes you can expect.
Government Investment Grows the Sydney Carnival
New South Wales Racing Minister George Souris announced a one-time grant of $10 million for the Championships and the Autumn Racing Carnival, signalling an increased interest in the economic and cultural impact of the event. The result of this significant contribution is a revitalized racing festival that draws the best talent from all across the realm of horse racing. Some of the funds are used to raise the stakes for the races, which helps to attract the best competition in the world. This event is projected to generate $41 million for the local economy, and if the event is successful, the government will invest more funds into it the future.
Some of the Biggest Purses in the World
Due to an increase of government and corporate investment, the Autumn Racing Carnival now features bigger purses for many of the races, with some of the sprints being the richest in the world in their category. The Star Doncaster Mile, a 1 600-meter race for horses three years old and upwards, has the biggest prize of any mile-long race – with a total of three million dollars up for grabs. The Queen Elizabeth Stakes, another race for horses three-years-old and upwards, enjoys an increased purse this year, raising the total money to four million dollars. Because of this increase, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes is now the richest 2 000-meter turf race in the world. Other races that have had an increase in prize money are the Royal Randwick Stakes and the Schweppes Sydney Cup. The Royal Randwick now offers $500 000 for their 1 200-meter sprint for two-year-old fillies, while the Schweppes Sydney Cup has transformed into the major autumn championship in the two-mile handicap category with a purse of one million dollars. During The Championships phase of the racing carnival, a total of eight different races have purses of one million dollars or more.
The Recently Renovated Royal Randwick
Many events during the Autumn Racing Carnival take place at the newly refurbished Royal Randwick racecourse, which has just completed a transformation that establishes the facility as the premier venue to attend races and events. Both the capacity and quality of the grandstands have been escalated, featuring amenities such as elegant meeting rooms, ballrooms, free Wi-Fi and the Theatre of the Horse. One of the most impressive new features is the 440 square meter screen, which is the largest LED screen in the southern hemisphere. This makes it possible to broadcast the races on screen while clearly displaying tote prices.
The revamped Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival has made significant changes to differentiate the event from the Melbourne racing scene. Thanks to the government’s recent investment, the Autumn Racing Carnival will see more prize money and a better facility, creating a better racing experience for jockeys and spectators alike. This investment is expected to create a forty per cent increase in attendance at the bigger-and-better-than-ever Autumn Racing Carnival, so get your tickets now!