Barnsey delights punters at Golden Slipper

Barnsey played some of his biggest hits including No Second Prize, Working Class Man and Khe Sahn.
Barnsey played some of his biggest hits including No Second Prize, Working Class Man and Khe Sahn.

The Golden Slipper party was far from finished when the final race was run with punters packing in to party to a performance by Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes.

The Cold Chisel frontman and successful solo artist walked on stage to a thunderous roar from the crowd as he opened with a song from his newest album My Criminal Record.

The 62-year-old showed he's still got what it takes, with the crowd of all ages enthusiastically dancing to his set - the song Flame Trees even prompting one elderly man onto the shoulders of a friend as he belted out the lyrics.

Barnsey played some of his biggest hits for the rowdy race goers, including No Second Prize, Working Class Man and the classic Khe Sahn.

Ever candid about the struggles he faced growing up Barnes made an emotional introduction before performing new song They're Shutting Down Our Town, written about his hometown in South Australia.

"Elizabeth was a town that was built around the Holden factory, until they shut the factory down and then it all went to shit," he told the crowd to their cheers of support.

But it was his final rendition of Working Class Man that really won punters over - the rocker barely needing to employ his distinctive vocal chords for the final chorus, with delighted fans of all ages showing they were more than capable of supplying it for him.

Australian Associated Press