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Rosehill Races are the main track in Western Sydney, and are owned and operated by the Australian Turf Club.
The grounds are also home to Sydney’s largest horse race, the Golden Slipper Stakes.
The Rosehill Gardens Racecourse is situated in the heart of Sydney’s Western Suburbs and pairs with Randwick Races as the two most popular and premiere tracks located in New South Wales.
The Rosehill races are run on a turf track, which offers the most quality racing to gallopers who are suited to sprints or flat races.
The Rosehill races are vital to the Spring and Autumn Racing Carnivals – and they host a liturgy of Group races across the season – with 32 G1, G2 and G3 all up.
This was also Aussie’s favourite horse, Winx’s, home track – where she took out 4 consecutive George Ryder Stakes on the turf at Rosehill.
Rosehill Racecourse Details
Address: James Ruse Drive
Suburb: Rosehill, New South Wales, 2031
Phone Number: 1300 729 668
Track Type: Turf
Key Rosehill Races
|Race||Distance||Group Level||Prize Money|
|Golden Slipper Stakes||1,200m||Group 1||$3,500,000|
|The Galaxy||1,100m||Group 1||$700,000|
|George Ryder Stakes||1,500m||Group 1||$1,000,000|
|Ranvet Stakes||2,000m||Group 1||$700,000|
|Rosehill Guineas||2,000m||Group 1||$600,000|
|The Golden Eagle||1,500m||Group 1||$7,500,000|
The Golden Slipper stakes are always run on the first Saturday in April – and the race also boasts a whopping prize pool, as the richest in the world for two-year-old’s.
This race is now highly sought after, after the growth in popularity over the last couple of decades.
Golden Slipper Stakes day at Rosehill is actually Australia’s biggest race day – featuring a slew of different Group 1 Races, including The Galaxy, George Ryder Stakes, Rosehill Guineas and Ranvet Stakes.
This is the only meeting in Australia which boasts five Group 1 Races on the day.
Rosehill Racing Tips
Rosehill Racecourse Barrier and Starting Positions
Rosehill Racecourse has a circumference of 2,048 metres – with a long home straight at 408m. Racing is in clockwise direction.
Rosehill contains four long sweeping turns, meaning an inside barrier is always preferred, and gives runners a clear advantage. It’s difficult to lead all the way when the rail is true, but on pace runners may have an advantage when the rail is out 4 metres or more.
Avoiding the ground near the inside rail when the track is rain affected is certainly preferred – and this track is definitely regarded as ‘specialist,’ due to its unique characteristics.
1100m: Barrier stalls are located in a diagonal barrier inside the main course. There’s a short run to the first turn, with inside gates gaining a clear advantage. It’s difficult from the outer gates to run on, especially when the rail is out or the track is wet.
1200m: Begins in a chute in the very centre of the course. Runners here enter a straight of 500m, before hitting the first turn. Barriers are of lesser importance here, as outside runners do have a possibility of winning. However, on pace runners will have the best opportunity when the ground is wet.
1300m & 1350m: Begins on the back straight of the course proper, there’s a clear straight of 350m to the first turn, with inside barriers having a clear advantage.
1400m & 1450m: Starts in the back straight, with a run of 400m until the first turn. Inside barriers have an advantage here, especially when the rail is out.
1500m: Begins in a small chute at the end of the back straight. There’s a fair start here, but most winners still begin inside barrier 11.
1750m & 1900m: Gates begin just after the winning post at the left of the course, and in the end of the chute. Inside barriers here have a distinct advantage, hitting the first turn almost instantly.
2000m: The 2000m start looks pretty similar to that of the 1750m and 1900m. Barriers are set at the end of the chute on the left side of the course. Runners hit a straight of 450m, to the first bend. Most winners are drawn inside barrier 11.
2400m: Runners start on the course proper at the top of the home straight. Due to the distance involved, barriers are of their least importance here.
Rosehill Races Results
Getting to the Track
Located in Sydney’s West, Rosehill Garden is now home to some of the largest horse racing events in Australia.
If you want to get there and lay a few cheeky punts, look no further than this guide…
Bus – The best station for connections to Rosehill Gardens Is Paramatta. There, you’re able to change busses and get to the racecourse. Catch the 535 from Valentine Avenue on the southern side of Paramatta Interchange to the Camellia/Rosehill stop on Hassall Street, and you’ll be within walking distance of the Rosehill Races.
Train – Trains to Parramatta run every 10 to 15 minutes on Weekends.
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