Canterbury Park racecourse is located only 15 minutes south-west of Sydney’s city centre, and despite being the closest of Sydney’s racecourses, it does not feature any racing carnivals.
Originally run by the Sydney Turf Club but now run by the Australian Turf Club after the merger of the STC and AJC, Canterbury Park is the major midweek venue for racing in Sydney.
Due to its specially designed flood lights that illuminate every part of the track, Canterbury Park is one of only three racecourses in Australia that is equipped to host night racing, the others being Moonee Valley and Toowoomba. The racecourse currently hosts seven race night meetings each year from October to February. These meetings, along with a fully air-conditioned betting arena at the track, provide an exciting atmosphere for patrons.
As well as the night meetings, Canterbury Park plays host to many other popular midweek race meets. The racecourse will also host the occasional Saturday race day is Rosehill is in need of a week off.
Canterbury Park racecourse has a track circumference of 1567 metres and horses race in a clockwise direction. The track is operated by the Sydney Turf Club, which manages both Canterbury Park and Rosehill Gardens in New South Wales. The racecourse is well known by its visitors to be a very intimate racecourse, with racegoers always feeling close to the action. The final straight is a short distance of only 308 metres.