The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - FRONT PAGE - LOUISE STARKEY

IT was Syd­ney’s big­gest party at the world’s rich­est horse race yes­ter­day.

The Chris Waller-trained sprinter Yes Yes Yes was first past the post but Syd­ney was the clear win­ner for the third run­ning of The TAB Ever­est at Royal Rand­wick.

A ca­pac­ity crowd of 40,000, in­clud­ing many younger race­go­ers at­tracted by the $14 mil­lion race, started early and stayed late.

Hats, bow ties, fas­ci­na­tors and de­signer sun­glasses were pop­u­lar ac­ces­sories but the must-have fash­ion item at the start of the day was ... socks.

To­day’s fash­ion for shoes with no socks gal­loped head­long into Rand­wick’s dress code, forc­ing many trendy men to head off in search of cov­er­ings for their hoofs.

Pun­ters were lin­ing up well be­fore gates opened, in­clud­ing one man who ar­rived at 5.15am be­cause he was “too ex­cited to sleep”.

Syd­neysiders flocked to Rand­wick and were joined by celebri­ties in­clud­ing singer Ricki-Lee Coul­ter, Chan­nel 7’s Emma Freed­man and ac­tor Olympia Valance, as well as in­ter­na­tional stars such as Kelly Row­land. Row­land comb ined busi­ness with plea­sure by per­form

ing af­ter the last race.

The abun­dant sun­shine and a top tem­per­a­ture of 28C saw plenty of high hems and plung­ing neck­lines.

Mel­bourne’s fa­mously parochial rac­ing in­dus­try might have been tak­ing jeal­ous pot­shots at The Ever­est dur­ing the week but things would have been very dif­fer­ent if the event had been run down south, which “en­joyed” a typ­i­cal dis­mal day of show­ers with a high of 14C.

While Rand­wick was ablaze with cobalt blue prints, flo­rals and frills, Mel­bourne was even duller than usual with over­coats, scarfs and um­brel­las.

Mar­ion Quinn, a reg­u­lar at the races cir­cuit, said it was a per­fect day. “I love the races. You can’t get any bet­ter than this,” she said.

Aus­tralian Turf Club Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Jamie Barkley said Royal Rand­wick had shone on another spec­tac­u­lar race­day.

“The TAB Ever­est con­tin­ues to get big­ger and bet­ter each year,” Mr Barkley said.

“Syd­ney has again turned out for another mem­o­rable day in Aus­tralian sport and rac­ing.”

Maeve He­garty and Eva Carthy. Pic­tures: Sam Rut­tyn Michelle Payne and brother Ste­vie. Pic­ture: AAP The crowd was quick to get into the spirit of the day, cheer­ing ev­ery race .

Young fan Hunter Perkins and mum Daen.

Glen Boss and Yes Yes Yes salute the crowd. Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

Kelly Row­land and (left) Car­ren Jones, Ko­bie Sam­bell and Re­becca Carle. Main pic­ture: Chris­tian Gilles

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