NSW Police out in force at Rosehill Gardens for Golden Slipper Day

Big crowd expected: Longines Golden Slipper Day is the biggest day on the Rosehill Gardens racing calendar. Picture: Anthony Johnson/Getty Images
Big crowd expected: Longines Golden Slipper Day is the biggest day on the Rosehill Gardens racing calendar. Picture: Anthony Johnson/Getty Images

Police will be out in force at Rosehill Gardens to ensure rain is the only possible dampener this Saturday.

More than 15,000 people are expected at Golden Slipper Day, the biggest day on the Rosehill racing calendar.

Police will conduct a mobile, high-visibility operation to ensure the safety and security of participants, spectators, race officials, and the wider community.

The operation consists of officers from Rosehill Police Command, assisted by the Public Order and Riot Squad, Operations Support Group, Dog Unit, including drug-detection dogs; Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, and Police Transport Command.

Police will prioritise crowd safety and target anyone engaged in dangerous or anti-social behaviour.

“Police will not tolerate alcohol-related violence or any behaviour that comprises the security or other racegoers,” Rosehill Superintendent Scott Whyte said 

“We’re not here to spoil the fun and we want people to enjoy themselves; however, those who drink too much, become a nuisance to other racegoers, or commit offences, will be swiftly removed by police.”

He urged racegoers to plan their trip to the races ahead of time.

“With limited parking available and local traffic delays expected; your best bet is to opt for public transport,” Supt Whyte said.

Police also urge motorists and pedestrians to travel with care.

“Those who must drive should allow extra travel time and expect delays, especially toward the end of the day as crowds make their way home from the racecourse,” Supt Whyte said.

“Pedestrians and drivers need to share the roadways but it is important for pedestrians to stay on the footpath and only cross at approved traffic control points. Don’t just follow the crowd, remember the basics: STOP, LOOK and LISTEN before crossing the road. We also remind racegoers if you choose to drive, you’ve chosen not to drink. Traffic and Highway Patrol officers will be targeting drink-driving on major roads and backstreets, so don’t take the risk as you will get caught.”

Gates opens at 11am. First race is at 12.15pm with the last race at 6.05pm.

Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki is this year’s Longines Golden Slipper Day ambassador.

Other celebrities you may spot at Rosehill include former Miss Universe Australia winners Tegan Martin and Laura Dundovic, media personalities Nikki Phillips and Emma Freedman, milliner Nerida Winter, trainer James Cummings, bookmaker Tom Waterhouse and NRL commentator Brett Finch.

  • Details: theraces.com.au.

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