New South Wales is home to one of the most exciting race carnivals in Australia each year, the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival has a variety a top class races that take place as part of the season.
The majority of racing in New South Wales takes place at the two metropolitan tracks; Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and Royal Randwick Racecourse. The autumn carnival is centred around these two tracks.
The biggest day of the year at Rosehill Racecourse is Golden Slipper Day, which takes place in April each year. The program is headlined by the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes, which is the richest two-year-old race in the world. Also included in the day’s program is the Group 1 The BMW, Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes, Group 1 George Ryder Stakes, Group 1 Storm Queen Stakes, Group 2 Tulloch Stakes, Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes, Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes and Group 3 TL Baillieu Handicap.
Once the Rosehill carnival is finished, the Randwick carnival takes off. There are three major race days at Randwick racecourse during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, including AJC Derby Day, Doncaster Handicap Day and Sydney Cup Day.
While the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival takes place at the city tracks, racing in New South Wales also takes place at a variety of provincial and country tracks. These include Hawkesbury, Warwick Farm, Wyong, Scone, Canterbury, Gosford and Kembla Grange.
New South Wales is also home to the smaller Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, which takes place at the same time as the bigger Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.