Saturday saw Royal Randwick’s Theatre of the Horse become a theatre for rock n’ roll in a rousing climax to a huge day of racing. TAB Epsom Day took the Spring Racing Carnival party up a notch by closing the day’s packed programme of on-track action with a performance from loved-up rockers Richie Sambora and Orianthi. The Bon Jovi legend and Adelaide-born guitar sensation, known as RSO, performed songs from their current Australian tour set in the state-of-the art space, keeping the atmosphere electric as around 20,000 revellers rocked out in their finest racewear.
Earlier in the day, the music stars had presented the coveted trophy for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) – which comes with $1 million prize money – to connections of winner Hauraki. His dramatic run from the back of the pack had the crowds on their feet and cheering, then celebrating at an array of trackside hotspots.
Randwick seemed to have more DJs than a dance festival, with Sasha Moon, D-Flat, DJ Minx, Charlie Chux and Yolanda Be Cool all on the decks around the racecourse. The latter three were playing at fun-fuelled Bondi outpost Bucket List, where punters tucked into chef Tom Walton’s surf-inspired dishes.
Adding to the sporting spectacle was a big screen in The Mews by Delicious, showing the AFL Grand Final live. Although the Sydney Swans lost to the Western Bulldogs, everyone was having too much fun to stay downhearted for long. Besides, the ‘paddock to paddock’ fare from top local producers was keeping everyone content. Sydney rock oysters, fish tacos from La Tortilleria Tortillas, Greenvale acorn-fed prosciutto and Kurrawong Organics Brussels sprouts were among the palate pleasers at the debut of Randwick’s latest foodie feature.
Above: Chloe Esposito wearing By Johnny. Image credit Paul McMillan
Above: Tessa James wearing Burberry. Image credit Paul McMillan.
ATC ambassador and Olympic pentathlete Chloe Esposito led a pack of celebs strutting their stuff all day long, and her white By Johnny frock was a stunner. Rachael Finch wowed in a white polka dot Cue dress paired with a red feather headpiece from Nerida Winter; Monica Radulovic opted for a showstopping print off-the-shoulder Nicola Finetti number and elegant Viktoria Novak crown, and TAB presenter Jaimee Rogers looked fab in pink florals on black lace. She and Chloe were delighted to line up for a pic with Richie and Orianthi – the perfect souvenir from an unforgettable day of Sydney spring racing.
But it didn’t end there. The celebrations – and the celebrities – moved across town to The Star in Pyrmont for the official after-party, where everyone played on deep into the night.