Rosehill Gardens will host a range of free family activities and a day for a great sporting charity as Saturday racing returns to Sydney after the hugely successful BMW Sydney Carnival.
All children under the age of 18 and accompanied by an adult are admitted free to Australian Turf Club tracks, with families encouraged this Saturday to spoil mum early ahead of Mothers Day on Sunday.
The Fujitsu Air Lord Mayor’s Cup – a listed $100,000 race over 2000m – is the main event on an eight-race card which has attracted good sized fields for the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation race day.
As Sydney stables continue to gear up for feature winter events at home and interstate, Saturday’s Cup leads into the McKell Cup at Royal Randwick over 2400m in a fortnight, and the Stayers Cup over 3200m on June 7.
Punters will not miss any of the Group 1 action interstate with the Goodwood Handicap at Morphettville and the BTC Cup at Doomben among all of the main Australian meetings broadcast live on the biggest screen in the southern hemisphere at Rosehill Gardens.
The Australian Turf Club has worked closely with Parramatta council to offer a range of free attractions for children and their families at the track this Saturday.
Among some of the free activities on offer for children on the front lawn at Rosehill Gardens will be a jumping castle (11am-4.30pm), face painters (12pm-4pm), bungy trampoline (11am-4.30pm) and a clown show (1pm and 3pm).
There will also be roving entertainment and music for children across the course through the day as the Australian Turf Club continues to plan for new and extra activities and attractions for children, parents and Members in the coming months at Saturday race meetings.
"We had some great crowds through the BMW Sydney Carnival and we are encouraging families and their kids to experience the fun and entertainment of a race day more often,’’ Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager of Commercial and Sales Tony Partridge said.
"There is excellent prizemoney on offer in every race on a Saturday in Sydney and that will help to provide strong racing on the track to match the action off it."
Parramatta mayor John Chedid said: “It is great to see businesses such as the Australian Turf Club providing events for the local community.
“There are many activities for parents and kids to take part in at the family fun day and it’s also a fantastic way to show the community what’s on offer in our local area.
“In its third year, the Lord Mayor’s Cup gets bigger and better and is now a regular event on the City’s calendar.”
The Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation – which raises funds and awareness for children suffering from cancer, as well as research for treatments – will be special guests at a function in the Grand Pavilion.
The Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation was formed in 1998 by former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor, rugby league legend Reg Gasnier, Olympian Raelene Boyle and triple AFL Brownlow Medallist Bob Skilton.
Among its patrons is Sydney racing personality Ken Callander, with race four on Saturday run as the Ken Callander Fellowship Benchmark 80 over 1200m at 2.05pm.
Gates open at Rosehill Gardens from 11am on Saturday, with free parking at the course and trains direct from Central to the racetrack.
Rosehill Gardens also offers free high-capacity WiFi across the course, and for all ticketing, racing, and hospitality information go to www.theraces.com.au