Randwick Racecourse from above
|Location||Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales|
Royal Randwick Racecourse is a racecourse for horse racing located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales. Randwick Racecourse is operated by the Australian Turf Club and known to many Sydney racegoers as headquarters. The racecourse is located approximately six kilometres from the Sydney Central Business District in the suburb of Randwick.
Since 2014, Randwick hosts The Championships, a two-day season-ending meeting in April that offers AUS$ 18 million in prize money. It features several Group 1 races such as the Australian Derby, Doncaster Handicap and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
In January 1833, NSW Governor Richard Bourke designated the land for use as a racecourse. Up until then, Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD had been the main venue for racing within the city. The first race held at Randwick was a private event held in June 1833. The course was originally known as the 'Sandy Course' due to the condition of the ground. In 1840 racing ceased at the venue and was only used for training.
In the early 1840s, the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) was formed and in 1860 moved it's headquarters to Randwick. In May of that year, racing resumed at the venue with a crowd of 6,000 people attending.
In 1863 the land was officially granted to the AJC and was held until 2011 when the AJC and the Sydney Turf Club (STC) merged to become the Australian Turf Club (ATC). The ATC are the current operators of Royal Randwick Racecourse. 
On the 22nd February, 1992, Queen Elizabeth II visited Randwick Racecourse and opened the Paddock Stand. On this date, upon request, the Queen granted permission for the venue to be known as Royal Randwick. From this date the venue was officially able to be referred to as 'Royal Randwick'.
The following is a list of Group races which are contested at Randwick Racecourse.
|1||AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes||Open||Open||wfa||2000||April|
|1||AJC Sires Produce Stakes||2YO||Open||sw||1400||April|
|1||All Aged Stakes||Open||Open||wfa||1400||April|
|1||George Main Stakes||Open||Open||wfa||1600||September|
|1||Queen Of The Turf Stakes||3YO+||F&M||qlty||1600||April|
|1||Spring Champion Stakes||3YO||Open||sw||2000||October|
|1||T J Smith Stakes||Open||Open||wfa||1200||April|
|1||AJC Metropolitan Handicap||Open||Open||hcp||2400||October|
|2||AJC Chairmans Handicap||Open||Open||hcp||2600||April|
|2||Light Fingers Stakes||3YO||Fillies||sw+p||1100||February|
|2||Roman Consul Stakes||3YO||Open||sw||1200||September|
|2||Royal Sovereign Stakes||3YO||C&G||sw+p||1200||February|
|2||Stan Fox Stakes||3YO||Open||sw||1400||September|
|3||Adrian Knox Stakes||3YO||Fillies||qlty||2000||April|
|3||Bill Ritchie Handicap||Open||Open||hcp||1400||September|
|3||Colin Stephen Quality Handicap||Open||Open||hcp||2400||September|
|3||Frank Packer Plate||3YO||Open||sw||2000||April|
|3||Southern Cross Stakes||Open||Open||hcp||1200||February|
|3||San Domenico Stakes||3YO||Open||sw||1000||August|
|3||South Pacific Classic||3YO||Open||sw||1400||April|
|3||Sweet Embrace Stakes||2YO||Fillies||sw||1200||March|
|3||Tramway Quality Handicap||Open||Open||hcp||1400||September|
In 1970, Pope Paul VI celebrated mass at Randwick as part of his pastoral visit to Australia. The Racecourse was also the site of a mass held by Pope John Paul II in 1995 for the Beatification ceremony of Australia's first potential saint Mary MacKillop. It was also the site of the vigil and final mass of World Youth Day 2008 in July 2008. Racing was stopped for several weeks, due to the alterations needed to hold over 400,000 people. This move had been opposed by the Randwick Trainers Association, which holds lease interests over some areas intended to be used for the event. The dispute was resolved, by the federal government and the state government jointly pledging $40 million as reimbursement to the racing industry. The famous racecourse has also appeared in several films, including Mission: Impossible II.
Randwick Racecourse is also used as an exam venue by the University of New South Wales.
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- Randwick Racecourse official website
- Royal Randwick Racecourse - Archive from the State Library of New South Wales
- Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip arrive in Australia
- CNN Reports on WYD08
- Search under Manuscripts and Pictures on New South Wales library for "Australian tour of Pope Paul VI Randwick"
- Back off, irate horse trainers warn Pell
- World Youth Day reaches agreement with racing industry - Article on Australian Jockey Club website
- Racing industry offered payout for Pope - Article on au.news.yahoo.com
- Future music fesival shines in Sydney
- Randwick Racecourse, Australian Town and Country Journal, (Saturday, 25 September 1886), p.661; Australian Town and Country Journal, (Saturday, 25 September 1886), p.654.
- Mark Dunn (2008). "Randwick Racecourse". Dictionary of Sydney. Retrieved 29 September 2015. [CC-By-SA]
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