Randwick Races

Randwick Races


Randwick is the track to be in Sydney, hosting a slew of premier Aussie races throughout the year.

These include the Doncaster Handicap, the Sydney Cup, the Epsom Handicap and the Australian Derby.

As well as this, Randwick hosts Wednesday and Saturday Races throughout Spring Carnival, and thereon after.

The Royal Randwick is classified as one of Australia’s most famous racecourses, whilst also featuring the largest track in NSW.

The course was originally called the Sandy Course in 1833, meaning Randwick has been holding race meets for over 160 years.

A century later, in 1992, the Australian Jockey Club was given the all clear to call the course the “Royal Randwick” after a request to Queen Elizabeth herself.

The track is now considered Sydney’s most prestigious, and also piqued as the racing headquarters.

The track is located only 5km from the Sydney CBD, and hosts 45 meets a year. It’s 2,227m in circumference, and is home to sweeping bends and a slightly uphill 410m straight.

As well as this, the venue includes over four training tracks, a bullring, an equine pool – and is home for over 20 trainers and 650 horses.

Randwick Racecourse Details

Address: Alison Road
Suburb: Randwick, NSW, 2031
Phone Number: (02) 9663 8400
Circumference: 2,227m
Direction: Clockwise
Track Type: Turf 

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Horse Races at Randwick

Check out other Key Randwick Racecourse Details Below:

RaceDistanceGroup LevelPrizemoney
Doncaster Handicap1,600mGroup 1$1,500,000
ATC Australian Derby2,4000mGroup 1$1,300,000
Sydney Cup3,200mGroup 1$400,000
ATC Australian Oaks2,400mGroup 1$350,000
George Main Stakes1,600mGroup 1$300,000
Epsom Handicap1,600mGroup 1$350,000
The Metropolitan2,400mGroup 1$350,000
Flight Stakes1,600mGroup 1$300,000
Spring Champion Stakes1,600mGroup 1$300,000

Randwick Racing Tips     

Randwick Racecourse Barrier and Starting Positions

There are two tracks located at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse.

Their course proper sits as the largest turf racecourse in NSW< with sweeping curved and a circumference of 2,227m. The length of the home straight is medium, at 410m long and 28m wide.

Most runners have a clear shot at the W when the rai is True and the track is Good.

Inside Randwick, there’s an innermost course called Kensington, which was launched in 2013.

1000m, 1100m & 1200m: Gates here are located in an angled barrier, right at the back of the course proper. There is an immediate straight run, which hits the home turn. Inside barriers have an advantage, due to the lack of time and distance to cut across before the first turn.

1400m: Begin in gates off the back of the course, with another angled run before hitting the first turn. There’s a straight run to the home turn from there, giving inside barriers a slight advantage in this scenario.

1600m: Begin in barriers off the back of the course. There’s a straight run first up, of 650m, before hitting the first turn. Runners who have drawn inside gates have a small advantage hitting the first corner.

1800m: Start on the course proper, on the left-hand side of the track. Runners begin on a slight turn, but have a lap of the course to reposition if they’ve drawn a wide barrier. Inside gates are of little importance here.

2000m: This starts on the turn just out of the home straight. Runners begin on a harsher curve than the 1800m, and it continues until they hit the back stretch of the course. With field restricted, innermost gates are of a distinct advantage, particularly when the rails are out.

2400m: Barriers are located directly in front of the grandstand, on the home straight. Due to the distance, and the length of straight run before the first turn, barriers are of little importance.

3200m: Only one race is run over this distance every year, and that’s the Sydney Cup. In recent years, winners have only crossed the line from inside barrier 9.


Randwick Races Results

Getting to the Track

Train: The closest train station to Randwick Racecourse is 2.5km away. Green Square on the Airport and East Hills Line.

Check out how to get there with the Cityrail Timeline.

Bus: On weekend race days, you have a few options for departure to Randwick Racecourse. Chalmers Street and Central Station will take you directly to Randwick Racecourse.

Check the Sydney Bus Timetable to check out how to get there.

Car: Randwick Racecourse is located on Aison Road, Randwick, around 6.5km from the Sydney City Centre. It will take around a bout 15 mins to drive there from the Eastern Distributor, or 30 mins if you prefer the scenic route down Ocean Avenue.

Be warned, there’s only limited parking off the High Street.

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