Canterbury Park Racecourse is used predominantly for midweek racing and is becoming increasingly popular for night racing.
The track is approximately 15 minutes south-west of Sydney’s city centre and is run by the Sydney Turf Club.
Occasionally race meetings that have been scheduled for Randwick or Rosehill will be transferred to Canterbury to give the other surfaces a break from racing.
The first Canterbury Racecourse was created by Cornelius Prout, on his own land and was later leased by Frederick Clissold and Thomas Austen Davies who resumed racing on a new course in 1871. Canterbury Park Racecourse has been the birth place of many innovations in Australian racing: the first photo finish camera in 1946, the first mobile barrier stalls in Sydney in 1948, the first metropolitan racing success for a woman trainer in 1957, Sydney's first TAB meeting in 1964, and the first night racing meeting in Sydney in 1999 (despite strong local opposition to the latter).
There are no carnivals held at Canterbury Park although the racecourse does host several feature races.
Listed Canterbury Classic (1100m) $100,000 – January
Listed PJ Bell Handicap (1200m) – April
Canterbury is the smallest of Sydney’s four metropolitan tracks and also has the shortest straight. The track favours front runners and horses that sit close to the speed.
Circumference – 1563m
Length of straight – 308m
Sydney Turf Club
Postal - Po Box 21 Canterbury NSW 2193
Street - Canterbury Park Racecourse, King Street Canterbury NSW 2193
Ph: 1300 729 668
Fax: 02 9662 6292
Website: Australian Turf Club Website
How To Get There:
Canterbury Park Racecourse is on King Street in Canterbury, 15 minutes south of Sydney’s CBD. There is plenty of free parking available.
The nearest train station is Canterbury Station, on the Bankstown line. It is then a 5 minute walk to Canterbury Park Racecourse.
A free shuttle service is available from Everton Road / Strathfield Station, which takes travellers straight to the track on race days.
A complimentary return shuttle service operates from Everton Road Strathfield Station to Canterbury Park Racecourse commencing at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm depending on traffic congestion. Departure times vary due to race times. The shuttle service will depart 20 minutes after the second last and last race. Complimentary shuttle bus service does not operate for midweek race meetings.
ATC Members Coach Service
The Members' Coach service runs for the comfort and convenience of ATC Members. Seats on the coach must be pre-purchased prior to the race day in which you wish travel.