Royal Randwick is one of Sydney’s premier racecourses and is home to many prestigious Group 1 races throughout the autumn and spring.
As well as the main track, Randwick Racecourse contains a second track known as Kensington. Due to large rainfall in the area, Kensington has been reconstructed using the Strathayr racing surface which is similar to Moonee Valley.
Strathayr is a turf cover over a base of sand, this means it is a free draining track which can take a substantial amount of rain without affecting the rating
In 2014 ‘The Championships’ were formed and are now recognised as one of the richest carnivals in the world. Randwick hosts 12 Group 1 races during the autumn, while the spring is much quieter with just five.
Originally known as the ‘Sandy Course,’ Randwick Racecourse was first used in 1833 where a private match race between two horses was held. In 1840 the track was abandoned as a racecourse and used for training purposes before the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) moved its headquarters to Randwick and held a meeting in 1860. The Queen Elizabeth II stand was opened to the public on August 4, 1969, and in 1992, Queen Elizabeth II visited Randwick and opened the new $30 million Paddock Grandstand. The Australian Derby (2400m) remains one of the longest standing races to be held at Randwick after its inaugural running took place in 1861.
Group 1 races:
Randwick Guineas (1600m) $600,000 – March
Canterbury Stakes (1300m) $500,000 – March
Doncaster Handicap (1600m) $3,000,000 – April
TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) $2,500,000 – April
AJC Australian Derby (2400m) $2,000,000 – April
AJC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) $1,000,000 – April
AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) $4,000,000 - April
AJC Australian Oaks (2400m) $1,000,000 – April
Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) $1,000,000 – April
Sydney Cup (3200m) $1,000,000 – April
All Aged Stakes (1400m) $400,000 – April
AJC Champagne Stakes (1600m) $400,000 – April
George Main Stakes (1600m) $350,000 – September
Epsom Handicap (1600m) $500,000 – October
The Metropolitan (2400m) $400,000 – October
Flight Stakes (1600m) $400,000 – October
Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) $400,000 – October
Randwick is the largest racetrack in New South Wales and all races are run in a clockwise direction. It is a sweeping track with a rise from the 300m mark to the winning post in the home straight.
Course Proper - fully grassed, clockwise
Circumference – 2227m
Length of straight – 410m
Width of straight – 28m
Australian Turf Club (ATC)
Locked Bag 3
Randwick NSW 2031
Phone: 1300 729 668
Fax: 02 9662 6292
How To Get There:
Randwick Racecourse is located about 6kms from the Sydney CBD via the Cahill Expressway and parking is available on course.
Central Station is the nearest train station and buses depart from and return to Central Station (Chalmers St) every 15 minutes on race day.
STA buses departs from Central Station (Eddy Avenue) every 15 minutes commencing one hour before gates open. The last bus departs at 1.30pm and then normal routed services are available. Complimentary buses depart from Royal Randwick for Central Station every 15 minutes from 4.00pm until 7:00pm. The bus stop is located on Alison Road. 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.