Royal Randwick is one of Sydney’s premier racecourses and is home to many prestigious Group 1 races and we provide expert Randwick betting tips for the racing action throughout the year. 

Randwick stages The Championships during the Autumn Carnival with eight Group 1 races staged across two world class days of racing - including the Doncaster Mile, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, TJ Smith Stakes and Australian Derby.


We provide expert betting tips for Randwick races throughout the year with comprehensive guides to all Group 1 races.

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Randwick hosts some of Australia's most iconic Group 1 races throughout the year, during both the spring and autumn carnivals in Sydney.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Doncaster Mile and TJ Smith Stakes are some of the elite races taking place at Randwick during the prestigious The Championships during the autumn.

For Randwick betting tips for all Group 1 races, click on the link for the comprehensive guide.


Randwick is the largest racetrack in New South Wales and all races are run in a clockwise direction. It is a sweeping track with a rise from the 300m mark to the winning post in the home straight.

As well as the main track, Randwick Racecourse contains a second track known as Kensington. Due to large rainfall in the area, Kensington has been reconstructed using the Strathayr racing surface which is similar to Moonee Valley.

Strathayr is a turf cover over a base of sand, this means it is a free draining track which can take a substantial amount of rain without affecting the rating


Originally known as the ‘Sandy Course,’ Randwick Racecourse was first used in 1833 where a private match race between two horses was held. 

In 1840 the track was abandoned as a racecourse and used for training purposes before the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) moved its headquarters to Randwick and held a meeting in 1860. 

The Queen Elizabeth II stand was opened to the public on August 4, 1969, and in 1992, Queen Elizabeth II visited Randwick and opened the new $30 million Paddock Grandstand. 

The Australian Derby (2400m) remains one of the longest standing races to be held at Randwick after its inaugural running took place in 1861.


By Car

Randwick Racecourse is located about 6kms from the Sydney CBD via the Cahill Expressway and parking is available on course.

By Train

Central Station is the nearest train station and buses depart from and return to Central Station (Chalmers St) every 15 minutes on race day.

By Bus

STA buses departs from Central Station (Eddy Avenue) every 15 minutes commencing one hour before gates open. The last bus departs at 1.30pm and then normal routed services are available. Complimentary buses depart from Royal Randwick for Central Station every 15 minutes from 4.00pm until 7:00pm. The bus stop is located on Alison Road. Complimentary shuttle bus service does not operate for midweek race meetings.

ATC Members Coach Service

The Members' Coach service runs for the comfort and convenience of ATC Members. Seats on the coach must be pre-purchased prior to the race day in which you wish travel.


The Sydney Spring Racing Carnival is held between August and December each year with the main Group 1 action taking place at Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick.

It may not have the same lure as the Autumn Carnival does in Sydney when the classics are stages, or have the quality of the Melbourne Spring Carnival running concurrently, but there are six elite races as well as a number of other Group races taking place during the carnival and some of the equine stars gracing the turf.

Lead up and prep races are held during the early weeks of the carnival, including the Group 3 Missile Stakes and the Group 2 Warwick Stakes, to provide betting clues and helpful pointers for the key races later.

The $1million Golden Rose (1200m) at Rosehill is the first Group 1 of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival taking place in mid-September. A fairly new race, it is an early-season chance to shine for three-year-olds having previously been staged in March during the Sydney Autumn Carnival and pits some of the stars of the last season together. Watch out as the champions of the previous seasons lock horns.

Randwick plays host to the Group 1 George Main Stakes the following week on an afternoon of high-class Group racing action. The George Main Stakes is a 1600m weight-for-age contest which was won in consecutive years by champion horse Kingston Town in 1981 and 1982 and has a glittering roll of honour of winners. 

One of the most prestigious days of the carnival is Epsom Handicap Day or Super Saturday at Randwick on the first Saturday of October, with three Group 1 races scheduled. It was previously four elite race on the same afternoon, but the Spring Champion Stakes has been put back a week to headline its own day.

The Epsom Handicap (1600m), won amongst others by Super Impose who recorded back-to-back successes in 1990 and 1991, is the biggest of the races and is ably backed up by The Metropolitan (2400m) with both handicap contests. Three-year-old fillies, meantime, get the chance to sign in the Group 1 Flight Stakes over 1600m.

The Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes, a 2000m contest for the best three-year-olds, has been moved back a week as part of a reworking of the racing schedule by the Australian Turf Club. It now clashes with the Caulfield Guineas, part of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, but provides a better routing of races for three-year-olds during the spring.

It is the last Group 1 race of the Sydney Spring Carnival, which continues through to December with action every week at metropolitan city tracks.

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The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival kicks off annually in February and culminates at the end of April on AJC Champagne Stakes Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

There are a total of 59 Group races throughout the autumn carnival with 21 of those races carrying Group 1 status.

Although the Carnival officially starts in February, the first of the big Group 1 races, the $300,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) is held at Warwick Farm Racecourse in early March.

The carnival then shifts to Randwick the following week for the running of the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) where three-year-olds battle for a share in $350,000 in prizemoney.

Other group races on Randwick Guineas Day include the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m), Group 2 Riesling Slipper Trial (1200m), Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude.

Rosehill Gardens is next to take centre stage with the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic (1500m) for fillies and mares and the weight-for-age Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) being the feature races on the card.

The following week at Rosehill brings more Group 1 action with the $1 million George Ryder Stakes (1500m), $500,000 Rosehill Guineas and the $350,000 The Galaxy (1100m).

The final day of racing at Rosehill sees the running of the richest two-year-old race in the world, the Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m).

The $3.5 million feature is supported by two Group 1 races with the $2.25 million The BMW (2400m) run at weight-for-age conditions and the $400,000 Storm Queen Stakes (2000m) for three-year-old fillies.

An initiative announced by Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club in November 2013 will see the introduction of ‘The Championships’ which will inject $18 million in prizemoney over two days of racing.

The $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) is the feature race of the Randwick event, while the $2.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and $2 million Group 1 AJC Australian Derby (2400m) combine for one of the richest days in Australian racing.

The $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) is now the richest race of the Sydney autumn, and the richest weight-for-age in the country, and takes centre stage on the second day of The Championships.

Three more Group 1 million dollar races take place alongside the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the second day of The Championships, including the Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m), Sydney Cup (3200m) and the Australian Oaks (2400m).

To round out an action-packed festival of racing the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) for two-year-olds and the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) run under weight-for-age conditions will draw the curtain on the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

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