Twice a year the Royal Randwick race course is filled with pretty, glittery and shiney new things. Race goers don their perfectly planned outfits that are right off the catwalk to grace the grounds and snap photographs to capture the moment.
The races are not just about what you wear, although for some that is half the fun. It is about the horses, and it’s big business. The Sydney Autumn Carnival has $34 million on the table across 45 thoroughbred group races. That is plenty to cheer about; $2.5 million Darley TJ Smith Stakes, the $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile, Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes worth $4 million and the iconic feature race the $2 million BMW Australian Derby, to name a few.
If you are tempted you can always invest in a horse in a syndication. Gai Waterhouse, Chris Waller, Peter Snowden or others are the best trainers in Australia, securing the most wins and you bragging rights at the races that you are a horse owner.
If going all in is a little premature then doing what everyone does is not only a great talking point but is the best feeling in the world when you win. Betting on the horses is something you can easily over think. Which horse won the last race, what distance can they do, who is the jockey and what is the payout – the lowest are the horses that are most likely to win. Often picking a name you like, a colour of the jockeys shirt or number is a far better strategy and you have more chance of winning because it is anyone’s game.
Having a horse to cheer for when the trumpet sounds and the crowd stops to take notice is part of the addictive merriment that brings punters back each year.
David Jones has all the outfits and hats you could want. It’s an easy quick stop.
TopMan also has some easy option for men to look perfectly sharp
If you are looking for a standout head piece Victoria Novak has all the head turners you could dream of
You can bus, drive, uber to taxi to the races.
There is parking in the centre on infield of the track or along the nearby streets if you don’t mind walking.
Tickets are available at the gate and are around $40 or general admission
Find tips in the local paper
Read Barry Meadows, Money Secrets at the Track so you don’t blow the house deposit on the horses