Black Caviar misses The Championships by exactly one year
The BMW Sydney Carnival will this year include for the first time two pinnacle race days ‘The Championships’, on 12 April and 19 April (Easter Saturday), both held at Royal Randwick.
The Championships will feature ten ‘Championship’ races with increased prizemoney to a total $18.2 million to lure some of the best horses from around Australia the world.
The Championships Day 1, set against a backdrop of traditional black and white fashion, sees world class racing combine with innovative hospitality and exciting entertainment.
The day includes the world’s richest open sprint race the $2.5 million Darley TJ Smith Stakes, (won twice by the World's Champion Racehorse Black Caviar), the world’s richest mile the $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile and the iconic feature, the $2 million BMW Australian Derby.
The Championships Day 2, Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day on Easter Saturday on 19 April, will take on a decidedly Royal feel with the world’s richest 2000m turf race, the Group 1, Queen Elizabeth Stakes offering $4 million in prizemoney, the Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes, the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes and Group 3 Royal Randwick Stakes.
The grand finale of the Carnival and ultimate party day will be held on 26 April, Schweppes Stakes Day, featuring the Schweppes All Aged Stakes and Moët & Chandon Champagne Stakes. It promises to be the ultimate social day out at the track with themed bars and live entertainment and is the last chance for all to enjoy Sydney racing at its finest.
The 2014 BMW Sydney Carnival including The Championships comes hot on the tail of the reopening of the Royal Randwick Grandstand late last year that has delivered Sydneysiders a world-class racing and dining facility.