Autumn Racing – BMW Sydney Carnival

Autumn racing is well underway following two solid weekends of racing at Rosehill Racecourse to kick off the BMW Sydney Carnival. The Versatile Gent was out at Rosehill on a very hot 23rd of March for the first raceday on the schedule, the Cellarbrations Ladies Day. There weren’t a lot of ladies to look at or outfits worth talking about (in a positive way) but that didn’t matter as the day offered the chance to cheer on some of the finest horses in the land with a number of high profile Group 1 races including the $600,000 Coolmore Classic, $400,000 Ranvet Stakes and the $350,000 Canterbury Stakes.

After a relatively late arrival, a handful of Heinekens and an unfortunate incident with a brand new Drake’s tie and some tomato sauce we ventured to the bookies to have a punt. The top 3 races of the day delivered mixed results, crowd and Tommy C favourite Fiveandahalfstar got pipped by Foreteller who was paying a solid $28 for the win in the Ranvet Stakes. Tommy C’s other pick of the day, Pierro, outclassed More Joyous to grab a win and provide the group with a reason to cheer, not before the win was overshadowed by Sante De Noche who got the crowd standing with victory in the final race of the day at $3.50.

Easter Saturday’s M.J. Bale Guineas day served up another cracking day in terms of weather, however not so triumphant in betting success! Heart Testa could only wrangle a third place in Race 1 and It’s a Dundeel cruised past the post for a comfortable 50m win in the day’s premier race.

BMW Sydney Carnival runs through to the 27th of April with another 4 race weekends on offer including David Jones Australian Derby Day and BMW Doncaster Day. Derby Day returns to Randwick on Saturday the 13th April and showcases Black Caviar in what could be her final race as well as the GQ Style Stakes with thousands of dollars worth of prizes for the winning gentleman.

For more tickets and more information see the Australian Turf Club website.


James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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