Located just six kilometres from the heart of Sydney, the Royal Randwick Racecourse is run by the renowned Australian Jockey Club in the Eastern suburb of Randwick. The Randwick Racecourse is not only home to the Royal Randwick Spring Carnival, but also to events during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Notable races held at the track in spring are the Epsom Handicap, the Flight Stakes, the George Main Stakes, the Spring Champion Stakes and the AJC Metropolitan Handicap. The largest track in New South Wales with a 2, 227 metre circumference, Randwick has eight different tracks – five of which are designated for training, and all races on the tracks at Randwick are run clockwise. Home to 24 trainers and 600 horses, many Sydney racegoers regard the track as headquarters with 45 meetings throughout the year.
Originally known as ‘Sandy Course’, Randwick held its first meet in 1833, and moved five years later to Homebush, before being moved back to Randwick in 1860 after the AJC was formed. It gained its ‘Royal’ status in 1992 when Queen Elizabeth II gave permission for the track to gain the prestigious title.
Members are treated incredibly well at Randwick, with many options when it comes to dining and bars. However, there are also terraces and more laid back surroundings for those after something a little more informal. The track has even been used for large music concerts, including performances by The Rolling Stones!
Royal Randwick Racecourse Information
Address: 77/97 Alison Road, Randwick, NSW, 2031, Australia
Telephone: (02) 9663 8400
Track Circumference: 2,227 metres