The Everest’s crowd capacity has been lifted to 10,000 people, marking the beginning of large events returning to Sydney.

The recent changes to crowd limits will allow thousands of fully vaccinated spectators to attend the horse race this weekend, according to racing broadcaster Emma Freedman.

“In terms of what we can expect Everest day, as you said, 10,000 people are allowed to attend Royal Randwick this week, which is just extraordinary, we know that has been bumped up,” she told Sky News Australia.

Ms Freedman says the race will have a “crack field” with some of the best sprinting horses in the country including Classique Legend, who won the Everest last year and the race will be good for the city.

“I think it’s the race Sydneysiders need, we got out of lockdown yesterday as you know and people are at the pubs and going to the gym and enjoying themselves,” she said.

“To get a crowd of 10,000 fully vaccinated people to the track on Saturday is just going to kickstart things even more and I imagine people are going to have a terrific time.”

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