|The first official horse race in
Australia took place during 1810 in Hyde Park (in Sydney).
In 1833 the Governor announced that a piece of ground along
Botany Road was to be the home of a new racecourse. A committee was set
up to design and develop the racecourse which was known for a while as
'Sandy Course' and the first race held there, was a private race between
only 2 horses. The racecourse was used regularly for racing until 1938,
when it changed over to a training facility only due to the
deterioration of the track.
The Australian Jockey Club came into being in 1942, and
established their headquarters at what was now called the Homebush
Course until 1860. When the racecourse reopened under its new name, in
mid 1860, the crowd topped 6000. The racecourse is known today as the
|The Randwick Racecourse is 2213m,
with a straight of 410m. It is an exceptional all-weather course with
sweeping bends and the straight has a gentle slope upwards, known as
"the rise". Champion thoroughbreds Phar Lap, Octagonal, Kingston Town
amongst others have all been winners at Randwick.
The $4.6m Queen Elizabeth II grandstand was opened in 1969 with
more than 40 000 people visiting Randwick on the first open day. Crowd
capacity is 300 000 plus and there are a number of dining options
available; from quick-grab fast foods to sumptuous 5-star dining.
Randwick Racecourse has had its share of non-racing limelight
too. In 1973 the Rolling Stones performed there during their Pacific
Tour and it has appeared in a number of movies, the most notable being
Mission Impossible: II.
Randwick? - Notable Races
AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
AJC Sires Produce Stakes
All Aged Stakes
George Main Stakes
Randwick? - Contact Details
The Randwick Racecourse is situated along Alison Road in Randwick
NSW 2031 Australia.
The telephone number is (02) 9663 8400.