Sydney Autumn Carnival

sydney autumn carnivalThe 2017 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival features the exciting Golden Slipper carnival at Rosehill and the $18 Million The Championships at Randwick.

The Championships are a joint initiative between Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club and take place over two consecutive Saturdays at Randwick in April.

Eight Group 1 races are on offer to attract the best gallopers from Australia and around the world to Sydney’s shores to compete for the big prizemoney up for grabs. The $3,000,000 Group 1 Doncaster Mile headlines the first day of ‘The Championships‘ on Saturday 1st April 2017.

The $4,000,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, now the richest race of the Sydney autumn carnival, features on the second day of ‘The Championships‘ on Saturday 8th April 2017.

The first group races of the Sydney autumn take place on Saturday 28th January 2017 highlighted by the $200,000 Group 2 Expressway Stakes. Group 1 racing kicks off on Saturday 25th February 2017 at Warwick Farm with the running of the $500,000 Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes

Before ‘The Championships‘ at Randwick, three feature race days take place at Rosehill racecourse in March where the $3.5M Group 1 Golden Slipper is the jewel in the crown.

The Rosehill autumn carnival has many group one races on offer on Coolmore Stud Classic Day and George Ryder Stakes Day, followed by the highlight of the Rosehill autumn carnival, Golden Slipper Day.

Major autumn race days at Rosehill are held over three consecutive Saturdays in Sydney in March. Randwick hosts four major race days where group one racing is on the agenda.

Warwick Farm racecourse also hosts a feature race day in early March which is Chipping Norton Stakes Day.

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2017 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival Calendar

Click on any race name below to be taken to Australia’s premier feature race website Horse Racing Info for full race previews and info for that particular race.

Saturday 28th January 2017
Randwick Group 2 $200,000 Expressway Stakes 1200m
Randwick Group 3 $150,000 Widden Stakes 1200m
Randwick Group 3 $125,000 Canonbury Stakes 1200m
Saturday 4th February 2017
Randwick Group 2 $175,000 Breeders Classic 1200m
Randwick Group 3 $125,000 Eskimo Prince Stakes 1200m
Saturday 11th February 2017
Rosehill Group 2 $250,000 Apollo Stakes 1400m
Rosehill Group 2 $175,000 Light Fingers Stakes 1200m
Rosehill Group 3 $150,000 Triscay Stakes 1200m
Rosehill Group 3 $150,000 Southern Cross Stakes 1200m
Saturday 18th February 2017
Rosehill Group 2 $200,000 Hobartville Stakes 1400m
Rosehill Group 2 $200,000 Silver Slipper Stakes 1100m
Rosehill Group 3 $175,000 Millie Fox Stakes 1300m
Saturday 25th February 2017
Warwick Farm Group 1 $500,000 Chipping Norton Stakes 1600m
Warwick Farm Group 2 $200,000 Surround Stakes 1400m
Warwick Farm Group 3 $175,000 Skyline Stakes 1200m
Warwick Farm Group 3 $175,000 Sweet Embrace Stakes 1200m
Warwick Farm Group 3 $150,000 Liverpool City Cup 1300m
Warwick Farm Group 3 $150,000 Wiggle Stakes 1400m
Saturday 4th March 2017
Randwick Group 1 $600,000 Randwick Guineas 1600m
Randwick Group 1 $500,000 Canterbury Stakes 1300m
Randwick Group 2 $400,000 Challenge Stakes 1000m
Randwick Group 2 $300,000 Todman Slipper Trial 1200m
Randwick Group 2 $300,000 Reisling Slipper Trial 1200m
Randwick Group 3 $150,000 Wenona Girl Handicap 1200m
Randwick Group 3 $150,000 Aspiration Quality 1600m
Sunday 10th March 2017
Kembla Grange Group 3 $150,000 Keith F Nolan Classic 1600m
Saturday 11th March 2017
Rosehill Group 1 $600,000 Coolmore Stud Classic 1500m
Rosehill Group 2 $175,000 Ajax Stakes 1500m
Rosehill Group 2 $175,000 Pago Pago Stakes 1200m
Rosehill Group 2 $175,000 Magic Night Stakes 1200m
Rosehill Group 2 $175,000 Phar Lap Stakes 1500m
Rosehill Group 3 $150,000 Sky High Stakes 1900m
Rosehill Group 3 $150,000 Maurice McCarten Stakes 1100m
Thursday 16th March 2017
Newcastle Group 3 $125,000 Newcastle Newmarket Hcp 1400m
Saturday 18th March 2017
Rosehill Group 1 $3,500,000 Golden Slipper Stakes 1200m
Rosehill Group 1 $1,000,000 George Ryder Stakes 1500m
Rosehill Group 1 $500,000 Rosehill Guineas 2000m
Rosehill Group 1 $400,000 Ranvet Stakes 2000m
Rosehill Group 1 $350,000 The Galaxy 1100m
Rosehill Group 3 $150,000 NE Manion Cup 2400m
Rosehill Group 3 $150,000 Birthday Card Stakes 1200m
Rosehill Group 3 $150,000 Epona Stakes 1900m
Saturday 25th March 2017
Rosehill Group 1 $2,250,000 The BMW 2400m
Rosehill Group 1 $400,000 Storm Queen Stakes 2000m
Rosehill Group 2 $175,000 Emancipation Stakes 1600m
Rosehill Group 2 $175,000 Tulloch Stakes 2000m
Rosehill Group 3 $125,000 Star Kingdom Stakes 1100m
Rosehill Group 3 $125,000 TL Baillieu Handicap 1400m
Rosehill Group 3 $125,000 Doncaster Prelude 1600m
Rosehill Group 3 $125,000 Neville Selwood Stakes 2000m
Saturday 1st April 2017
Randwick Group 1 $3,000,000 Doncaster Handicap 1600m
Randwick Group 1 $2,500,000 T J Smith Stakes 1200m
Randwick Group 1 $2,000,000 AJC Australian Derby 2400m
Randwick Group 1 $1,000,000 AJC Sires Produce Stakes 1400m
Randwick Group 2 $300,000 Chairman’s Handicap 2600m
Randwick Group 3 $200,000 Adrian Knox Stakes 2000m
Randwick Group 3 $200,000 Kindergarten Stakes 1100m
Randwick Group 3 $200,000 PJ Bell Stakes 1200m
Randwick Group 3 $200,000 Carbine Club Stakes 1600m
Saturday 8th April 2017
Randwick Group 1 $4,000,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2000m
Randwick Group 1 $1,000,000 AJC Australian Oaks 2400m
Randwick Group 1 $1,000,000 Sydney Cup 3200m
Rosehill Group 1 $1,000,000 Queen Of The Turf Stakes 1500m
Rosehill Group 2 $500,000 Royal Sovereign Stakes 1200m
Randwick Group 2 $300,000 Sapphire Stakes 1200m
Randwick Group 3 $500,000 Princess Stakes 1200m
Saturday 15th April 2017
Randwick Group 1 $400,000 All Aged Stakes 1400m
Randwick Group 1 $400,000 Champagne Stakes 1600m
Randwick Group 3 $175,000 Frank Packer Plate 2000m
Randwick Group 3 $150,000 James HB Carr Stakes 1400m
Randwick Group 3 $150,000 JRA Plate 2000m
Randwick Group 3 $150,000 Hall Mark Stakes 1200m

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About Sydney Racing

The Australian Turf Club (ATC) conducts metropolitan racing in Sydney, New South Wales, and race at four city tracks, Randwick, Rosehill, Canterbury and Warwick Farm. Formed in February 2011, the ATC came about following a merger between the Australian Turf Club and Sydney Turf Club.

Sydney’s major racing carnival takes place in autumn each year during February, March and April. Feature races include the Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill and the Doncaster Mile and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. Warwick Farm hosts the Chipping Norton Stakes meeting in February.

Spring racing in Sydney is highlighted by the Golden Rose at Rosehill in September and the Epsom Handicap at Randwick in October.

Canterbury does not hold major feature races and is the only city track to hold night meetings in Sydney.

Where is Randwick Racecourse?

Randwick, or Royal Randwick as it often referred to, is located in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and is the headquarters of Sydney racing. Randwick Racecourse is situated around six kilometres from the Sydney CBD in the suburb of Randwick.

Randwick Racecourse Address: Alison Rd, Sydney, NSW 20131

Getting to Randwick is quite easy by public transport with a bus terminal and slipway located right outside the main racecourse entrance on Alison Road. For those travelling by car, infield parking is available on a first come first served basis.

Randwick Racecourse Map

Where is Rosehill Racecourse?

Rosehill Racecourse is located in Sydney’s west, around 22 kilometres from the city centre in the suburb of Rosehill.

Getting to the Rosehill track is easy enough with Parramatta Road, Victoria Road, and the M4 Motorway all roadways to Rosehill.

Rosehill Racecourse address: James Ruse Dr, Rosehill NSW 2142

Race day trains run directly to the racecourse. The Rosehill train station is located on the T6 Carlingford line. You can also travel by Ferry from Circular Quay to Parramatta and connect with a free bus service.

Rosehill Racecourse Map

Where is Warwick Farm Racecourse?

Warwick Farm Racecourse is situated on the banks of the Georges River, around 30 kilometres south west of the Sydney CBD. It’s bordered by Governor Macquarie Drive and the Hume Highway and is just a couple of kilometres from the Liverpool City Centre and M5 access to the Hume Highway.

Warwick Farm Racecourse address: Governor Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm New South Wales 2170

Public transport is readily available, and the track is a quick walk from the Warwick Farm railway station. Free buses are available on race days providing return trips between the racecourse and the station.

Warwick Farm Racecourse Map

Where is Canterbury Racecourse?

Canterbury Park is in the suburb of Canterbury in Sydney and is located around 12 kilometres from the city centre. Canterbury has an excellent racing surface and is home to night racing in Sydney.

Canterbury Racecourse address: King St, Canterbury NSW 2193

The track is close to Canterbury railway station for easy public transport by train. Take the T3 Bankstown Line to Canterbury Station and then it’s just a 10 minute walk to the course. Buses also travel to Canterbury from the CBD and drop you off right at the front gates. Free public parking is available inside the track and can be accessed via Frederick Street.

Canterbury Racecourse Map