YES YES YES!
EVEREST RAISES THE ROOF
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