Warwick Farm race track is situated about 30 km south west from the centre of Sydney and is known for its casual charm and pleasant country hospitality and is somewhat of a specialist's course due to the cambering of the track.
Warwick Farm host a couple of major race meetings each year in autumn and spring with the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes the major feature race held at the track. It is home to the Australian Turf Club.
In May 1840 the Australian Racing Committee was formed to govern racing, and by January 1842 the Australian Jockey Club was an entity and Homebush was the headquarters of racing in NSW before it moved back to Randwick in 1860. In 1922 the Australian Jockey Club purchased the Warwick Farm course and undertook a number of improvements. The first meeting under the AJC was held on January 27th, 1925 with 25,000 people in attendance.
The Australian Jockey Club (AJC) and the Sydney Turf Club (STC) officially merged in February 2011 to form a new Sydney racing club, the Australian Turf Club (ATC) and commenced racing on Monday 7th February in New South Wales.
The NSW Government secured a $174million funding package to redevelop Randwick racecourse ($150M) along with improvements to Rosehill Gardens ($24Million).
Warwick Farm Racing Carnivals
Warwick Farm hosts one day racing carnivals in both autumn and spring with the major autumn event being the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes while in autumn the Group 2 Warwick Stakes is the feature event. Occasionally, when Warwick Farm is unable to hold racing events, the meeting may be switched to Randwick racecourse.
Autumn racing carnival at Warwick Farm
Held in March each year the Chipping Norton Stakes is the major feature race held at Warwick Farm during the autumn racing season.
Below are the main races for the Warwick Farm autumn racing carnival.
Spring racing carnival at Warwick Farm
Warwick Farm host spring racing in August each year and is ehadlined by the Group 2, Group 3 and Listed races which cater for open horses, three-year-old colts and geldings, and filiies.
Warwick Farm Race Track Details
Warwick Farm is a tightish track with a circumference of only 1,937 metres and a short straight of 326 metres. All starts above 1000m have a long run until the first turn and it is a track that suits horses who like to race on the pace as the tight turns makes it tough to come from behind especially if wide around the final bend.
Circumference: 1,937 metres
Straight: 326 metres
A (grass) 1823m x 20m
B (grass) 1638m x 14m
Sand track (fast) 1760m x 10m
Warwick Farm Race Track Contact Details
Australian Turf Club
Ph: 02 9602 6199
Fax: 02 9821 2150
Website: Australian Turf Club