This is due to the rain-affected postponement of the Longines Golden Slipper meeting on 20 March 2021, and the subsequent decision by Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club that all race meetings forming part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival will now run seven days later than originally scheduled
Every year, Australians come together to celebrate The Championships, a popular horse racing event held at Royal Randwick racecourse.
Held on the first and second Saturday of April each year, 12 races are held with over $20 million in prize money up for grabs.
The Championships 2021, Randwick Horse Races, Dates & Dress Code
Having a bet on the Championships is very popular, with hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on the races over the 2 days. Most people place bets through the official TAB or through a bookmaker in person, although many of the races are televised and people also bet online at home or at a local pub or gaming venue.
Pop-up bars, live bands and DJs, uplifting hospitality experiences restaurants and Sydney’s finest street vendors help create an unforgettable atmosphere. For fashionistas, Longines Prize for Elegance is a highlight.
On day 1 and off the track, Fashion Stakes competition, live DJs, pop-up bars, uplifting hospitality experiences and pop-ups from Sydney’s finest street vendors create an unforgettable atmosphere. Time-travelling DJ, Hot Dub Time Machine will bring his infectious tunes to the Theatre of the Horse after the last.
On Day 2, Rock legend Jon Stevens will perform as the headline act in the Theatre of the Horse after the last performing hits such as ‘Take Me Back’, ‘Touch’ and ‘Hot Chilli Woman’, along with classics from his late friend Michael Hutchence’s INXS including ‘New Sensation’ ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Need You Tonight’. X Factor and Eurovision star Isaiah Firebrace will also perform a rendition of the national anthem before the feature race.
The Championships race is a day full of fun and frivolities. Dress up in your Autumn finest, bring a group of friends (and maybe even a picnic). Food and drinks can be purchased at the racetrack and ATMs are available inside the racecourse, however, due to the large crowds, lines are often long. Betting is a popular past-time, so make sure to bring some extra cash to place a bet.
For large events, special event buses run frequent express services to and from Central Station dropping racegoers inside the main gate of the racecourse. You can use your Opal card or purchase a ticket onboard the shuttle bus on the day.