Royal Randwick Racecourse
Thoroughbred racing of the highest calibre! Be a part of all of the excitement and glamour that the “Sport of Kings” has to offer at Royal Randwick Racecourse. Conveniently located off Alison Road, opposite Centennial Park, Randwick Racecourse is ten kilometres from the airport and five kilometres from the city. Car parking is available infield with access via the High Street vehicle tunnel.
Horse Racing has had a special association with Randwick, with the first registered horse race taking place on the site of the Royal Randwick Racecourse in 1833. Today, Randwick Racecourse is Sydney's premier racecourse, and you too can experience all the atmosphere and glamour of a day at the races. Royal Randwick Racecourse is managed by the Australian Turf Club. Horse races are the main attraction at Royal Randwick, however it can be booked for private functions, and provides ample entertainment for all ages on race meeting days.
The race track has a circumference of 2213 meters, and a straight 410 meters long with a slight up hill slope known as the rise. A good all weather track with sweeping bends, Royal Randwick is host to some of Australia ’s major horse races. Champions such as Phar Lap, Octagonal, Kingston Town and Sunline, have all been favourite winners at the racecourse. Notable races at Randwick include the AJC Derby, Doncaster Handicap, Sydney Cup, AJC Oaks and the Epsom Handicap. The autumn and spring racing carnivals are the perfect place to get dressed up and take part in the exciting happenings on and off the track. Fashionably dressed race goers have the chance to win big prizes in the search for a “prince and princess” in the Fashions on the Field competitions. Ladies should not forget to accessorize with a favourite hat and be a part of the glamour and style that is an integral part of an enjoyable day at the races.
Without noticing you will find yourself immersed in the exciting atmosphere that surrounds the track on race days. Admire the grace and beauty of the elegant race horses and the vibrant colours of the jockey’s silks as they are paraded around the “bird cage” prior to the race. Choose a favourite horse, jockey, trainer or even colour to cheer home in the following race. Head to the action of the betting ring and watch the fast paced punters as they battle for the best odds to back their favourite horse and aim to send the bookmakers home with an empty bag.
Feeling lucky? Join in and have a flutter on the horse or jockey of your choice. Be amongst the throng and revel in the thrill of willing “your” horse down the straight and past the winning post. Randwick Racecourse offers a variety of eating and dining experiences. Book and enjoy a sumptuous dining package in the grandstand overlooking the straight or order a gourmet picnic hamper freshly prepared for your racing day.
With marvellous views from the stands it’s the ideal place to celebrate any occasion. Private rooms and marquees are available for various functions whether on race days or at a time of your nomination.
A short journey from Randwick Racecourse is the famous Newmarket Stables where an experience not to be missed is the annual thoroughbred yearling sales that attract buyers from all over the world. Take part in the drama and excitement of the sale ring as the horses are bought and sold with the new owner’s hope of having bought the next thoroughbred champion.