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Rosehill Gardens Racecourse

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by Emma Brown (subscribe)
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Published August 16th 2010
Rosehill Gardens positively blooms in the spring with a carnival of races worth up to one million-dollars, Fashions on Parade - Myer Mad about the Hat Day and much more.

The Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, managed by the Sydney Turf Club, is located in Western Sydney and is easily accessible by train or car.

Races are held on Saturday afternoons and public holidays throughout the year alternating with the Sydney race tracks Royal Randwick, Warwick Farm and Canterbury Park.

See the calendar to mark off the days till Rosehill's next big raceday.

For a fun filled day out for the fillies on the course the Myer Mad about the Hat Day fashion stakes is the race to win. Be spotted wearing a fabulous hat and you can win one of 10 Myer gift cards.

The NSW finals of the annual MYER Fashions on the Field National competition is Australia's largest outdoor fashion event where Fashionistas display their latest on trend creations in the style stakes.

For inspiration Donny Galella reveals the latest trends in Spring headwear are straw and fabric based, boater hats and adventurous styles thanks to Lady Gaga and the 1960's revival, thanks to the hit show Mad Men, of pillbox hats with netting over the eyes.

You can register on the day or pre-register to be in the chance to win a trip to the Melbourne Cup Carnival to represent NSW in the national final on Crown Oaks Day.

If you can't make Melbourne for the Cup you can experience Cup Day with a difference with some old world charm at Rosehill Gardens Jazz on the Lawn event for $60 per person.

The package includes a barbecue buffet lunch, standard beer, wine or soft drink on arrival, jazz entertainment and a reserved table and umbrella.

You can even enter the world of Alice in Wonderland at the Soft as Soap Mad Hatters Garden Party. The ticket price of $85 per person / $75 STC Members includes Members and Entrance tickets, MUMM champagne, tasting plates, live music with a free gift on arrival.

The special carnival days have loads of prizes on offer so you can win even if you have no luck punting. The Tooheys New Golden Rose Day, is a million-dollar race and the first Group One race of the spring. The first 10,000 people on course will receive a scratchie card for a chance to win one of 7,000 prizes valued in excess of $140,000 including a trip for 2 to the Melbourne Cup.

In Autumn while the leaves fall the stakes are the highest at Rosehill where Australia's best two-year-old thoroughbreds battle it out to contest the Golden Slipper - the richest two year old race in the world.

The Slipper is a 1,200metre race worth $3.5 million and often much more in the breeding stakes for the winner. The AAMI Golden Slipper Day with prize money totalling $7 million in the eight-race program, features five Group One races, including The BMW, the country's sole Group One weight-for-age race over 2,400 metres. Past winners include racing legendary - Kingston Town, Bonecrusher, Octagonal, Might and Power and Makybe Diva.

For a slice of some of the millions on offer be sure to have a flutter. Before each race the horses are paraded in front of the grand stand so the punters can pick who looks on form to win or merely admire the champions of the course.

You can bet on which horse will win, place or combinations such as first, second or third to maximise your winning potential. You can bet on either the TAB or bookie depending on who provides the best odds.

Make sure you buy a race book on entry for all the horse, jockeys and colours information to make an educated bet or appear that you are.

If you have built up an appetite after all the shopping, dressing up, grooming, strutting and betting be sure to visit one of the many eateries such as the Winning Post Restaurant and TJs Champagne Bar named after prolific horse trainer, Sydney's premier trainer for 33 years TJ Smith. You will need to reserve your seat in advance to overlook the parade ring.

Rosehill is home to Sydney's leading horse trainers including John Hawkes, Chris Waller and Tim Martin.

If you want to become part of the action and enjoy the thrill and winnings of watching your own horse win, you can buy your first race horse or join a syndicate with your friends but make sure to seek out the advice of a reputable experienced bloodstock agent.
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Why? Win prizes, have a flutter, take part in the biggest outdoor fashion event, listen to music, party and have fun
When: Saturdays, Wednesdays and Public Holidays
Where: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
Cost: Entry fee from $12, carnvial days from $20, special events ticket prices from $60
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