Horse racing at Royal Randwick Racecourse first began in 1833. The track is located five kilometres from the heart of Sydney in Kensington and is the largest racetrack in New South Wales. The racecourse was granted the right to be known as Royal Randwick by Queen Elizabeth in 1992 and is home to many of Australia’s most important race days, holding approximately 45 meetings each year, including the Australian Derby. The AJC Australian Derby is a 3 year old set weight race, run over a 2400 metre distance and is worth $1.3 million.
Originally named the “Sandy Course”, Royal Randwick is set on 202 acres of land and is a wide, sweeping course with a fully grassed track. Randwick has a track circumference of 2224 metres and a straight that is 410 metres long. The track is widely regarded as Sydney’s Racing Headquarters.
Royal Randwick was formerly under the administration of the Australian Jockey Club, which was founded in 1842 . As of the 2011 Autumn Racing Carnival, the Australian Jockey Club merged with the Sydney Turf Club to form the Australian Turf Club. The track currently is home to over 650 horses and more than 20 trainers, and includes four training tracks, as well as an equine pool. The premium racecourse also offers a convention centre and a variety of race day dining options.