Sydney Golden Eagle Day racegoers celebrate winnings as torrential downpour finishes off the day

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Racegoers left Golden Eagle Day in torrential downpours, but most excitable punters refused to let the wild weather spoil the festivities.

Mud, soggy clothes and face masks were all features of the race day, held at Rosehill Gardens race course in Sydney’s west, on Saturday. 

Women who wore heels risked a fall, while others whipped their shoes off and stood in the mud or soaked concrete.

Some begged friends for rides on their backs so they could avoid taking a tumble on the slippy paths.

Others took it as an opportunity to show off and do pushups in the pouring rain, with one enthusiastic punter doing so while being COVID safe and wearing a face mask.  

Racegoers have been forced to leave Golden Eagle Day early as torrential downpour threatens to spoil the festivities

Racegoers have been forced to leave Golden Eagle Day early as torrential downpour threatens to spoil the festivities

Mud, soggy clothes and face masks were all features of the race day, held at Rosehill Gardens race course in Sydney's west, on Saturday

Mud, soggy clothes and face masks were all features of the race day, held at Rosehill Gardens race course in Sydney’s west, on Saturday

Some begged friends for rides on their backs so they could avoid other options of walking in the mud and getting their feet dirty

Some begged friends for rides on their backs so they could avoid other options of walking in the mud and getting their feet dirty

Others took it as an opportunity to show off and do pushups in the pouring rain, while being COVID safe and wearing a face mask

Others took it as an opportunity to show off and do pushups in the pouring rain, while being COVID safe and wearing a face mask

Golden Eagle Day is the race course’s most prestigious event, which sees jockeys and horses sprint a 1500m distance.

It’s the country’s third richest race, after Everest and Melbourne Cup, with a prize of $7.5million and $750,000 donated to a charity of the winning owner’s choice. 

Only four-year-old horses are allowed the enter this race, as many trainers believe that is when a horse peaks. 

More to come. 

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