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Four iconic racecourses in Sydney that offer an enjoyable day out

Horse racing is an extremely popular pastime around the world and still remains hugely appealing throughout Australia. There are a number of meetings taking place each day of the week with plenty of tracks up and down the country offering up top class entertainment to enthusiastic spectators. Whilst there are many provincial courses scattered throughout New South Wales as well as further afield, it’s Sydney’s tracks which attract the majority of racegoers and there are plenty of reasons to visit one of the four picturesque venues.

Royal Randwick has plenty of history and is in close proximity to the city centre with visitors utilising its handy location to soak up the varied nightlife following a potentially profitable day track-side. There are many high-quality races throughout the year, with the Sydney Cup, Australian Oaks and the Spring Championship Stakes all being staged at the venue and attracting thousands of excited racegoers on an annual basis. It’s described as ‘the jewel in the crown of Sydney Racing’ and offers something for everyone.

The track hosts meetings all year round but you don’t have to be a die-hard racing fan to enjoy the upbeat atmosphere or take advantage of the 35 bars and restaurants situated within the track’s perimeters. The course also regularly stages live music concerts from high profile artists once the action on the turf has concluded.

You don’t to have be an expert on the sport or be able to competently read form in order to enjoy a day out at the races. It is possible to pick up a program upon arrival or use dedicated websites such as Champion Bets, which offer daily picks and news from leading analysts and tipsters, and you can browse these before your visit or even pre-race using the tracks complimentary wifi.

A little further out of the city centre is Rosehill Gardens, although it’s perfectly accessible via the M4 freeway. There are fewer high-profile events staged at the course but a number of top-class races still take place throughout the season, including the Golden Slipper, which is part of the legendary Autumn racing carnival. It can cater for up to 25,000 racegoers and has a number of places to wine and dine including the always-popular Champagne Bar. There are regular meetings which encourage racegoers to dress to impress and punters can also splash out and enjoy the additional hospitality laid on by the track.

Located in the middle Western suburbs is Canterbury Park which hosts a number of midweek meetings throughout the year. It is easily located for those who wish to use public transport and hosts prominent contests such as the Frank Underwood Cup and the P J Bell Stakes. There are regular meetings which provide entertainment for the kids and food stalls offering hand-made and organic treats for spectators to enjoy whilst soaking in the atmosphere.

Another family racetrack is located 30 kilometres outside of Sydney’s Central Station. Warwick Farm welcomes racegoers of all ages and has a laid-back atmosphere but can still boast a number of top-class races throughout the year. The Liverpool Cup, Warwick Stakes and Silver Shadow Stakes are all staged here.

Visiting one of Sydney’s four racecourses is a hugely enjoyable day out and there is plenty on offer for attendees of all ages. Whether you’re hoping to win big or simply soak in the atmosphere whilst taking advantage of the vast array of bars and restaurants, there really is something for everyone.


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