On one of racing’s biggest days of the year, the NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has unveiled an ambitious plan to make Racing NSW The Championships carnival even bigger.

Mr Foley wants Rosehill to become part of an event that attracts the attention of tens of thousands of people – to boost the industry in Western Sydney. 

He plans to  extend The Championships from 2 to 3 Saturdays and begin at Western Sydney’s premier racing venue, Rosehill, in late March - before moving to Randwick over the following two weekends.

This would mean moving Rosehill’s Golden Slipper back a week - to ensure three consecutive Saturdays of top tier racing in Sydney.

The Championships would begin with the Golden Slipper meeting at Rosehill before moving through to the Doncaster and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes meetings at Randwick on the first two Saturdays of April. 

The move would boost the NSW economy by attracting more international competitors and visitors to Sydney during the all-important horse breeding sales.

Rosehill is home to the two greatest stars of the Australian turf – the world’s best turf racehorse Winx, and champion sprinter Chautauqua.

Quotes attributable to Opposition Leader Luke Foley

"Let’s be frank about this. Melbourne’s Spring Carnival isn’t confined to Flemington. A Labor Government will work with Racing NSW to grow The Championships. 

“Racing NSW has done a terrific job with The Championships, which is now an established event on the calendar. I want to work with them to grow our showcase carnival even further by expanding The Championships to western Sydney’s premier racecourse. 

“That would be a major boost for the industry in NSW – and the 50,000 people employed in it.  It would be a huge boost for racing in western Sydney, if we include Rosehill’s Golden Slipper in The Championships.”