Punters turn out for Chandon Ladies Day in Rosehill, kicking off the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival season
The sizzling start to the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival has come to a not-so-glamorous end as weary revelers headed home after a long day in the hot weather.
Rosehill Gardens hosted Chandon Ladies Day on Saturday at the first meeting of the annual autumn racing season and one of the biggest days on the calendar at Sydney’s West Racecourse.
Punters painted Rosehill pink and other bright colors for the annual race day that featured 10 races throughout the day.
Florals were all the rage with attendees, with many opting for all-pink outfits instead of themed accessories.
Four women seen leaving Rosehill Gardens after Chandon Ladies Day on Saturday
Several women chose not to follow on their heels as they left the venue and joined the long line to catch a taxi home.
Two women take off their heels to walk home after Ladies Day in Rosehill Gardens
Three women gather in front of Rosehill after the Chandon Ladies Day event
A couple leaves Rosehill Gardens after the final race of Ladies Day on Saturday.
Those who eschewed pink mostly stuck to bright colors with red another apparent fan favorite.
“The inaugural Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival’s iconic kicks off in style at Rosehill Gardens for Chandon Ladies’ Day, a day filled with couture, champagne and Sydney’s best racing,” the organizers said.
“Enjoy pop-up bars, experience world-class dining and delight your taste buds with Sydney’s most exciting street food vendors.”
Some partygoers ended the fun-filled day a little worse after a long day in the 33C heat.
A woman is all smiles as she heads home from Chandon Ladies Day in Sydney on Saturday.
A woman attempts to jump a pole outside Rosehill Gardens after a fun-filled day at the races.
Many women took off their shoes as they prepared to return home from Ladies’ Day on Saturday.
The dress code for Saturday’s event was pink with many opting for bright shades or colorful accessories.
A man looks after a pair of shoes and bags after a big day at Rosehill Gardens Ladies Day
A group of men leave Rosehill Gardens after the final race on Saturday.
The footwear was removed immediately after the event as attendees joined the long lines to wait for a taxi home.
It wasn’t just the women who got up to wild antics on Saturday.
Several men were seen holding bags and accessories for their partners while others enjoyed the last meal of the day.
The day also featured a star-studded Pink Fashion Lunch, where attendees enjoyed a three-course meal, a fashion show, and a live performance by ARIA Award-winning singer Paulini, while raising funds for the Foundation McGarth.
Guests included cricket WAG Candice Warner, fashion writer and racing reporter Kate Waterhouse, columnist Jana Hocking, designers Victoria Novak and Donny Galella along with Weekend Sunrise star James Tobin.
However, it was former professional golfer Paige Spiranac who stole the show in a strapless bodycon dress in a red floral pattern, teamed with white heels and a fascinator.
The event comes just a week before the highly anticipated Longines Golden Shoe Day, which features the world’s richest race for two-year-olds.
The first Golden Slipper race will begin at 11:50 am and will be run exclusively by two-year-old racehorses all day.
Hundreds of women seemed concerned as they began to figure out the best way to get home.
A large group of people leave Chandon Ladies Day at Rosehill Gardens after the final race on Saturday.
Left: A man enjoys his last meal at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. Right: A couple leaves the races on Saturday.
Two women embrace as they leave Rosehill Gardens after the final Ladies Day race
A woman takes off her shoes as her friends check their phones after the Ladies Day races
Women return home after a long day at Rosehill Gardens Chandon Ladies Day on Saturday
“The pinnacle day of the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival is Australia’s biggest day of Group 1 racing, the world’s most prestigious races,” organizers said of next Saturday’s event.
Race day includes five Group 1 races, headlined by the world’s richest race for two-year-olds, the $5 million Longines Golden Slipper.
The other Group 1 races include: The Agency George Ryder Stakes, Ranvet Stakes, The Galaxy and Sky Racing Active Rosehill Guineas.