Thousands flood into Royal Randwick SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16: People run to reserve a table as the turnstiles open during Everest Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse on October 16, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

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After the NSW Government softened restrictions, racing fans have flocked to Randwick Racecourse for The Everest race.

Racing fans have flocked to Randwick Racecourse for the highly-anticipated Everest race.

Capacity for the remainder of the Spring Carnival was recently increased by the NSW Government to 10,000 vaccinated racegoers, and threats of rain and bad weather did not stop the crowds on Saturday morning.

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“The people of NSW have done an incredible job rolling up their sleeves and getting vaccinated, allowing us to welcome more people back to iconic events and get our economy firing again,” Better Reg­u­lation and Innovation Min­ister Kevin Anderson said.

Racing NSW chairman Russell Balding AO said: “During our Spring Carnival we are able to celebrate the gradual return to normality that ­includes a day out at the races that is such a part of the Australian social fabric.”

Images have emerged of exciting fans sprinting through the gates, just five days after Sydney’s “Freedom Day”.

The Everest Race Day Schedule

Race 1 – Fujitsu General Handicap 12:30pm (1400m)

Race 2 – The Star Mile 1:05pm (1600m)

Race 3 – TAB Highway Handicap 1.40pm (1100m)

Race 4 – Bisley Workwear Reginald Allen Quality 2.15pm (1400m)

Race 5 – The Kosciuszko 2.50pm (1200m)

Race 6 – Moet & Chandon Sydney Stakes 3.25pm (1200m)

Race 7 – The TAB Everest 4.15pm (1200m)

Race 8 – Yulong Craven Plate 4.50pm (2000m)

Race 9 – Bentley St Leger Stakes 5.30pm (2600m)

Race 10 – Heineken 3 Handicap 6.10pm (1400m)

* All times AEDT

How to watch The 2021 Everest?

Channel 7 will televise the 2021 Everest on free-to-air TV with live coverage starting at midday and covering both Randwick and the Caulfield Cup.

Sky Racing will also broadcast the race.

10,000 fans will also be allowed at the event.

Who are the favourites?

Just under 24 hours from the event, Nature Strip is the favourite for the 2021 Everest at $3.70 for the win, ahead of Classique Legend at $4.80, Eduardo at $6 and Gytrash at $6.50 according to TAB. Read more about the full field here.

The rest of the horses are outside $10 although the prices are subject to change.

But favouritism isn’t all its cracked up to be in this race. Only 2020 winner Classique Legend has won the race as favourite with Redzel beating 2017 favourite She Will Reign and 2018 favourite Shoals and Yes Yes Yes shutting out favourite Santa Ana Lane in 2019.

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