Sydney's Randwick Racecourse, home of the Championships. Randwick Racecourse map, barrier positions, track bias indicators.
The Track: The Randwick course proper is the largest turf racecourse in NSW with a circumference of 2227 metres, length of the home straight is 410 metres long and 28 metres wide. A large, sweeping track with a rise from the 300m mark to the winning post in the home straight, horses race in a clockwise direction. Most runners will have their chance when the rail is in the True position and the going is Good.
There is a second inner course at Randwick known as Kensington which was originally launched in 2013 and then closed due to poor performance. Fully renovated and reopened in 2018 with a superior drainage system which improves performance during the winter months, it is also used as a training facility to protect the main track. Fields are generally smaller on the Kensington track so barriers are of little importance.
Barriers & Track Bias information for the main course at Randwick.
1000, 1100m & 1200m starts: Barrier stalls are located in an angled chute at the back of the course. Straight run to the home turn, inside barriers have a slight advantage.
1400m: Starts in a chute off the back of the course, angled run to the first corner then a straight run to the home turn. Inside barriers have a slight advantage.
1600m: Located in a short chute off the back of the course. Straight run of 650m until the first turn, inside barriers are a slight advantage.
1800m: Begins on the course proper on the left hand side of the track. Barriers are of little importance.
2000m: Located on the turn just out of the home straight. Runners are on a curve until they reach the back stretch of the course. Fields are restricted, inside barriers are a distinct advantage, particularly when the rail is out.
2400m: Barrier stalls are positioned in front of the grandstand in the home straight with just 250m before the first turn. Starting gates should be of little importance due to the distance involved, however the majority of winners start from inside barrier 8.
3200m: Only a couple of races over this distance every year including the Sydney Cup. Barriers should be of little consequence but stats show that more winners have drawn inside barrier 9.
See the Sydney Track Bias Report for more information on this weeks racing conditions, including scratchings & weather.
Administration: Australian Turf Club, which also governs racing at Rosehill Gardens & Warwick Farm - australianturfclub.com.au
Location: approx 6kms from Sydney CBD.
Feature Races: Randwick is racing headquarters in Sydney host to many of Australia’s top races including the Everest, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, The Doncaster Mile, The TJ Smith. The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is the richest WFA race over 2000m in the world and the second richest race in Australia after the Melbourne Cup. The Doncaster Mile is run under handicap conditions over 1600m. It takes a champion horse to carry top weight to victory, many winners are the lighter weighted 3 or 4yo’s.
The Everest - how it works: The inaugural 1200m Everest was run in 2017 and is the richest race on Turf in the world. 12 slots are sold to an owner for a yearly fee to anyone who wants to purchase, with a commitment to buy for 3 years. The slots are transferrable and can be sold on or leased to anyone willing to pay the price. The challenge is then on to find a great sprinter who can win a share of the millions of dollars in prize money on offer.
Futures, Fixed Odds & Top Tote betting on Randwick racing is available online 24/7 from Sportsbet.
How to get to Randwick Racecourse:
By Car: Located about 6kms from the Sydney CBD via the Cahill Expressway, parking is available on course.
By Train: The closest station to Randwick is Central Station. Buses depart from and return to Central Station (Chalmers St) every 15 minutes on race day.
About Randwick Racecourse - NSW, Australia.
Home of the AJC Derby, the Doncaster Handicap & The Everest.
What to wear at Randwick Races
Members Dress Code: Gentlemen are required to wear a suit, sports coat or blazer and tie, except during the period of daylight saving, when a jacket is optional. Ladies are asked to dress to a 'suitable standard in keeping with the distinction of the Members' Reserve.' Denim is strictly forbidden, as are thongs and shoes without socks.
Entry to the general admission areas of the racecourse requires guests to be neatly dressed. Shoes and a shirt must be worn at all times. Guests wearing fancy dress costumes will be denied entry to the racecourse. Party poopers.
Feature racing at Randwick.
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