Cool Things To Do Over The Championships At Royal Randwick

The Championships at Royal Randwick 2016.

The coolest things you need to do while you’re at Royal Randwick for The Championships.

With so much going on over The Championships Days 1 and 2 at Royal Randwick this April, it’s hard to know which way to look. Make sure you don’t miss these essential must-dos over the course of the two action loaded weekends.

Abbey Gelmi at The Fashion Chute Rosehill Gardens
Abbey Gelmi at The Fashion Chute (don’t worry, she’s not your competition). Image credit Getty.

Enter the Fashion Chute

Dress a little special (make sure it’s black and white for Day 1) and pop into The Fashion Chute (on the Octagonal Lawn) to try your luck in the ultimate racing fashion competition. Posing for a quick photo is all it takes to enter, so you might as well give it a shot when there’s prizes such as Emirates flights to Europe and Longines watches on offer! Brush up on the contest guidelines to make sure you meet the requirements here.



The Races at Royal Randwick

Have a flutter (or eight) on a world class Group 1 race

With eight (yes, eight) Group 1 races taking place over the two weekends of The Championships, racing simply does not get better than this. For those who aren’t racing buffs, Group 1 is the highest grade of thoroughbred racing there is. As you would imagine, this means there is some serious prize money flying around (and this is not to mention the Group 2 races!). Suffice to say you should nab yourself a spot up close to the post for these magnanimous proceedings.

The Championships Day 1

  • The Star Doncaster Mile, $3m
  • Darley T.J Smith Stakes, $2.5m (20th year)
  • BMW Australian Derby, $2m
  • Inglis Sires Produce, $1m

The Championships Day 2

  • Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes, $4m
  • Schweppes Sydney Cup, $2m
  • James Boag’s Premium Australian Oaks, $1m
  • Coolmore Legacy Stakes, $1m



Sydney Oyster Girls Royal Randwick

Hunt down one of the Sydney Oyster Girls…

For a fresh, salty oyster shucked for you on the spot by their capable hands.



Get a pic in front of the ‘Little Sydney’ sign

If you don’t have a squad photo in front of the Little Sydney sign (or one of the other Instagram-able signs) at Royal Randwick by the end of The Championships, you’ve done something wrong! Don’t forget to tag us in your Instagrams.


Cocktails at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse

Let one of Royal Randwick’s talented bar team make you a cocktail

What better way to celebrate a win than with one of the divine cocktails off Royal Randwick’s specially designed menu? With options such as the Royal Randwick Belvedere Espresso Martini or the Randwick Royale you might be forced to have two.


Winx on Longines Golden Slipper Day Rosehill 2017

Watch Winx chase her 17th consecutive victory

Can she do it again? Be part of racing history as you watch Winx thunder past in her pursuit of her 17th straight victory in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on The Championships Day 2.



DJ D-Flat at Royal Randwick
D-Flat at Royal Randwick

Get down to a DJ set from D-Flat or Sasha Moon

Wherever you are at Royal Randwick, at any point over The Championships, there’s bound to be a DJ in proximity dropping raining funky beats onto the crowd. You’ve got D-Flat at the Truckstop on Day 1, Sasha Moon at the Fashion Chute and Heineken bar on Day 2, Meg Waldron and Alice Quiddington covering a day each of Little Sydney, and many more stationed all over the place. There’s nothing like a post race dance-off with your crew.


Shishoh-Fine food truck gyoza
Image credit Shishoh-Fine Instagram.

Have street food for lunch

Get yourself some mouth-watering juicy gyoza from the Shisho-Fine food truck, or churros and vanilla bean ice cream from Cantina Movil, or barbecued brisket from Get in the Q, or…


Ronan Keating performing live at Royal Randwick

Sing along to ‘Life is a Roller Coaster’ with Ronan

Our fave Ronan Keating is performing live after the last race on Champs Day 1! Major yay!


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