The Championships was inaugurated in 2014 as a “Grand Finals” concept to feature and showcase the very best of Australian racing as the jewel in the crown of Sydney’s Autumn Carnival.
2018 will witness the fifth year of this exciting initiative, launched by Racing NSW in partnership with The Australian Turf Club and supported by the Government of NSW.
Held on the first and second Saturday of April each year, The Championships’ twelve races will be hotly contested to determine champion status over different age groups and distances. Glittering emerald encrusted trophies, designed by acclaimed Sydney jeweller Cerrone are awarded to the winning owner, trainer and jockey of each race.
With a total of $20.2 million prizemoney on offer, the stage is set for two days of exciting and highly competitive racing. The very best horses in Australia will compete against some of the finest international contestants, at what is a feature occasion in Sydney’s social and sporting calendar.
Royal Randwick, one of Australia’s vibrant and most prestigious racing venues, is a fitting host. Visitors and racing enthusiasts from around the country and overseas will witness world class racing, and enjoy a dazzling array of fashion and award winning hospitality at this grand occasion.
Sydney, one of the world’s most beautiful cities will provide a breathtaking backdrop, a wealth of stunning sights, beaches to explore, arts and entertainments to attend, and gourmet dining experiences to enjoy.
The Championships Trophy
The magnificent trophies for The Championships were styled and created by Nicola Cerrone, of Sydney’s leading jeweller Cerrone.’
The latest design was unveiled at Cerrone’s glamorous Martin Place showroom in 2015, which featured enhancements to provide a more stylised and symbolic trophy. The striking black rhodium-plated horse’s head, encrusted with dazzling emeralds and featuring pave-set black diamonds in the horse’s mane, and white diamonds in the eyes is now presented in an elegant aluminium horse-shoe design, reflecting the ‘C’ of The Championships.
The use of emeralds is inspired by Sydney having been known as ‘The Emerald City’. This connotation was used to describe Sydney in the classic book and later movie, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and was used by famous Australian playwright David Williamson for his 1987 play about Sydney entitled ‘The Emerald City’.
Precision crafted and hand finished by Master Jewellers from Cerrone, each trophy is one of a limited set of 12 presented to the winning owner of each of The Championships winners, with a smaller replica presented to each winning trainer and jockey. Each trophy is housed in a Cerrone wooden hinged presentation case lined with purple velvet.