Randwick Races News

The 2013 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival goes out with a bang at Royal Randwick on Saturday with a massive 2013 Sydney Cup Day scheduled to take place. The day is of course headed by the prestigious Sydney Cup which is a gruelling staying test over 3200m. Favourite to win the…


Randwick Races

New South Wales, and in particular its capital Sydney, is host to some of Australia’s most prolific thoroughbred horse races with dozens of Group status races held every year. The illustrious Royal Randwick Racecourse, one of the nation’s best tracks, holds many of these races, and offers Australia’s enthusiastic racing fans an opportunity to get down to the course and watch the fantastic array of horses competing. There is definitely no shortage for punters looking for an event to wager on, and with so many avid fans all around the country, the advent of online bookmakers has just added to the thrill of the sport, with thousands taking advantage of the huge range of markets available online.

Randwick Racecourse

While there are many noteworthy venues within Australia hosting Group races that attract thousands of punters, there are not many nearly as prestigious as the Randwick Racecourse. The course has a rich history both in the sport and in the area dating back to the mid 19th century and is a premier venue within Sydney and New South Wales for many of the most important races held in all of Australia. The racecourse is also home to the Australian Jockey Club who hosts a number of the regular meetings and special events held at Randwick each year.

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There are far too many great events hosted at the course each year to name. However, some of the more popular Group status races include the AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2, 400 metres, The All Aged Stakes over 1, 400 metres, the AJC Oaks over 2, 400 metres, the AJC Sires Produce Stakes over 1, 400 metres, and the Australian Derby over 2, 400 metres all held in April annually. October sees the running of other popular Randwick races including the Epsom Handicap and Flight Stakes both over 1, 600 metres and the AJC Metropolitan Handicap over 2, 400 metres. Other popular events include the Randwick Guineas in March over 1, 600 metres, and the Colin Stephan Quality Handicap over 2, 400 metres in September.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

The TJ Smith

(1600m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Winter Stakes

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

WFA

Group 1

Doomben Cup

(2020m)

Doomben

$500,000

3YO & Up WFA

Group 1

Queensland Oaks

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$400,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Queensland Derby

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Stradbroke Handicap

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$1,000,000

Hcp

The Australian Derby

With such a large selection of Randwick races to choose from each year there is certainly no shortage of betting options available to Aussies online. However, one event that the majority of avid fans will definitely be placing wagers on is the prestigious Australian Derby, hosted by the Australian Jockey Club in April each year. The Group 1 status event is main stay on the Australian circuit and reserved for thoroughbreds three years of age.

The race itself is run over a distance of 2, 400 metres on turf and is an event that has attracted some of the best jockeys, trainers, and thoroughbreds in the world over the years. Some of the more noteworthy competitors to have won the race include Kingston Town, Phar Lap, and Tulloch. However, the race was originally known as the AJC Randwick Derby Stakes when it was first introduced in 1861. It wasn’t until 1994 that the event would officially become known as the AJC Australian Derby and many fans and competitors often refer to the race simply as the AJC Derby.

Some of the record holders for the Australian Derby over the years include Octagonal with the time recorded over 2, 400 metres at 2:28:41, and Thomas Hales with the most wins by a jockey with 6. Some of the thoroughbreds and jockeys to have won the title over the past few years include Roman Emperor with jockey Jimmy Cassidy in 2009, Nom Du Jeu with jockey Jeff Loyd in 2008, Fiumicino with jockey Darren Beadman in 2007, and Headturner with jockey Darren Beadman in 2006.

With a number of different Australian punters placing wagers online these days, there is more and more interest in the high profile races held annually within the country. For instance, some of the excellent races that have helped to attract many Aussie punters online include the Randwick races held at the Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. Some of these popular Group 1 races held at the course include the popular AJC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m), and the Australian Derby over (2,400m) both held in April annually. The prestigious Australian Derby held each year is definitely one of the main attractions for Australian punters interested in the Randwick races and will definitely receive a ton of attention during the upcoming season.

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