Warwick Farm Racecourse
Warwick Farm Racecourse is located at Hume Highway Warwick Farm New South Wales 2170
Warwick Farm Racecourse can be found about 30 kilometres south west from the Sydney CBD on the shores of the Georges River on the Hume Hwy Warwick Farm. The course is well known for its casual charm and pleasant country hospitality.
The Australian Racing Committee was formed in 1840 to control and govern racing. By January 1842 the Australian Jockey Club was established and Homebush was the HQ's of racing in NSW before it moved back to Randwick in 1860.
The Australian Jockey Club purchased the Warwick Farm Racecourse in 1922 and undertook a number of improvements. On Jan 27th, 1925, the AJC held its first race meeting and had in attendance over 25,000 people.
Warwick Farm Racecourse, once controlled by the Australian Jockey Club until February 2011, the Australian Jockey Club and the Sydney Turf Club officially merged to form a new Sydney racing club, the Australian Turf Club and commenced racing on Monday 7th February 2011 in NSW.
Warwick Farm Racecourse now hosts 15 race meetings each year. This includes the 2 one day carnivals in the Autumn and Spring time.
Spring Racing Carnival At Warwick Farm
The Group 2 Warwick Stakes, the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes and the Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes are the feature events for the Spring Racing Carnival.
Autumn Racing Carnival At Warwick Farm
The Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes, the Group 2 Surround Stakes and the Group 3 Liverpool Stakes are the feature events for the Autumn Racing Carnival.
Warwick Farm Racecourse is of triangular shape and has a circumference of 1,937 metres with a home straight being only 326 metres long. The track width is 23 metres wide at the winning post. Direction of travel for all races is clockwise and the course has only three turns.
The racecourse grounds also features 1 sand track & 2 grass tracks for training only.
It has starts for 1000 metres, 1100 metres, 1200 metres, 1400 metres, 1600 metres, and 2200 metres.
Starts for 1000 metres to 1400 metres, the horses only negotiate the
home turn bend, so barriers are of little importance for these starts.
For races beyond 1600 metres, it pays to be up front in the field due to
the tracks two sharp turns.
Front runners do well here due to its sharp turns and short home straight. Horses coming from behind often run very wide when negotiating these turns.
Like the ATC’s Canterbury Park Racecourse, Warwick Farm is mainly a midweek racing venue.
Transport to Warwick Farm Racecourse:
- Warwick Farm Railway Station is within close walking distance to the track (1 KM). A free shuttle service is available on race meetings to and from the station.
- Driving to Warwick Farm Racecourse, via the Hume Highway or the South Western Motorway. Car parking is available on the Ledger Lawn at the racetrack, accessed via Governor Maquarie Drive. Members' parking via the Hume Highway is via Gate C. Members also have a
reserved parking option via St Leger Gate off Governor Macquarie
- Taxis depart from the rear of the racecourse on Governor Macquarie Drive.
AUSTRALIAN TURF CLUB
Locked Bag 3,
Ph. 1300 729 668
Fax (02) 9662 6292
Warwick Farm Racecourse hosts a signature meeting - Chipping Norton Stakes day in March each year. The Chipping Norton is a race with lots of history with most of Australia's best milers / stayers winning the Weight For Age event.
Warwick Farm Racecourse is very much a family racetrack due to its well liked picnic atmosphere.
Find below all the Group Races run at Warwick Farm Racecourse during the season.
Warwick Farm Racecourse Barrier Guide
- 1000 metres: Starts in a chute off the course proper which in turn allows for a straight run for almost 700 metres to the home turn. Inside barriers have only a slight advantage.
- 1100 metres: This start is also in the chute off the course proper and provides a straight run for almost 800 metres to the home turn. Inside barriers have a slight advantage.
- 1200 metres: Almost the same as the 1100 metre start and this one having a straight run for 900 metres to the home corner. Inside barriers have only a slight advantage.
- 1400 metres: Starts at the end of the chute off the course proper and provides a straight run of almost 1100 metres to the home turn. Barriers don't really come into play.
- 1600 metres: Starts in a small chute off the course proper and provides a straight run of 400 metres to the first corner. Inside barriers have an a slight advantage mainly depending on the size of the field.
- 2200 metres: Is on the course proper at the top of the home straight. It only provides just under 300 metres before the first turn for horses to find a position. Due to the distance of the race barriers are a slight advantage.