The famous Randwick racecourse is the cornerstone of Sydney horseracing. Officially named the Royal Randwick Racecourse the track is called “headquarters” by many racegoers. Randwick is located in New South Wales in the Eastern Suburbs in Sydney and in the Randwick suburb. The Sydney Central Business District is around six kilometres away.
The course is run by the Australian Turf Club. Many other events are held at the venue such as concerts and religious masses. Pope Paul VI celebrated mass at Randwick in 1970 and in 1995 a mass was held by Pope John Paul II for the Beatification ceremony of Mary Mackillop.
The main feature of this course is the large sweeping corners. There are multiple tracks including the Course Proper which is the biggest track in New South Wales. The second largest track in Sydney is also located at Randwick and is called the Kensington Track; used for racing, trials and training.
Famous races held at the course include the Australian Derby, the AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Champagne Stakes. Randwick also hosts two racing carnivals each year; the Spring Carnival and the Autumn Carnival.
Randwick Race Track Contact Details
Australian Jockey Club: Alison Road, Randwick, NSW 2031
Ph: (02) 9663 8400
The nearest train station is 2.5kms away: Green Square, on the Airport and East Hills line.
Plan your journey with the CityRail Timetable.
On weekend race days, Sydney Buses departs from Chalmers Street, Central Station, and will take you directly to Randwick Racecourse. Check the Sydney Buses Timetable to plan your journey.
Randwick Racecourse is on Alison Road in Randwick, about 6.5kms from the Sydney CBD. It will take you about 15 minutes to drive via the Eastern Distributor, or 30 if you travel via Ocean Avenue. There is limited parking available off the High Street.
1000m – Starting in a small chute, runners have 550m before negotiating the final turn and heading down the home straight. Inside barriers have an advantage.
1200m – These races start in another chute which is almost parallel to the 1000m starting chute. Runners start on a 250m straight before reaching course proper and having to change angle slightly before hitting the home turn. Inside barriers take a small advantage out of this.
1400m – Starting in yet another chute just further along from the 1000 and 1200m chutes, runners get a good run of 450m before a 45 degree turn that leads to the final turn. Once again the inside runners only get a small advantage.
1600m – In a chute that leads right into the back straight, it’s a huge 650m before runners arrive at the first of two turns during the race. Not too much advantage for inside barriers.
1800m – Course proper is the start location for this distance and leads directly into the first of three turns which gives inside barriers a handy start to the race.
2000m – The race starts in a chute near the exit of the fourth and final turn or the track and sees runners on a very long curve for a good 400m which gives the inside runners a good advantage.
2400m – Races start 200m before the finish line before runners negotiate the entire circumference of the course. The first turn of the race is the long sweeper which once again gives inside barriers a good advantage.
2600m – Starting 200m further up the start finish straight, runners get a bit more of a chance to jostle for position thus taking away some of the advantage the inside barriers have.
3200m – It’s the same starting point as the 1000m races, but with not as much advantage for inside barriers.