Canterbury Racecourse operated by the Australian Turf Club. It is 11 kms south - west of Sydney's city centre.
Canterbury Park Racecourse is operated by the Australian Turf Club. The Racetrack is just a 15 minute drive from the Sydney CDB.
The Sydney Turf Club and the Australian Jockey Club officially merged in February 2011 to form a new Sydney racing club, the Australian Turf Club and commenced operations on Monday 7th February in NSW.
The Sydney Turf Club was founded in 1943 and is the youngest of Australia's Principal Race Clubs. It was formed following an Act passed by the New South Wales parliament called the Sydney Turf Club Act. The Act had taken 40 years to draft and gave the club the power to hold 62 race meetings a year at the Rosehill and Canterbury tracks.
The circumference of Canterbury Racecourse is 1,579 metres with the straight being 317 metres long and all racing is done clockwise. This racecourse is best suited by short striding gallopers due to its round shape and turns. Front runners and on pace runners have a distinct advantage.
Canterbury Racecourse is one of only two racetracks in Australia to have full lighting to enable night thoroughbred racing along with Melbourne's Moonee Valley Racecourse.
Canterbury Racecourse has one main grandstand which includes quality seating, dining and corporate facilities.
Canterbury Racing Carnivals
Canterbury Racecourse no longer has a racing carnival as all feature races have been moved across to Rosehill Racecourse. The Canterbury track is mainly used for midweek and night racing and generally take place on Thursday or Friday nights .
Canterbury Racecourse does host 2 listed races throughout the season those being Canterbury Classic over 1100 metres in January and the PJ Bell Handicap over 1200 metres in April.
Transport To Canterbury Racecourse
Canterbury Park is a short drive from Kingsford Smith Airport and just 15 minutes from the Central Business District. The track is situated on King Street.
Free parking in the course onsite for up to 2,000 cars via Frederick Street. For members’ parking, travel along King and Princess Street entrance.
Canterbury Racecourse is a 10-minute walk or 2-3-minute taxi ride from the Canterbury Station. Catch Bus 471 and Bus 472 between Canterbury Station and Ashfield Station. These buses run regularly every 15 minutes and stops outside the main entrance of Canterbury Park Racecourse. Contact the Transport Information Line on 131 500 for more information.
During Night Races, there is a Strathfield Station service that runs from 5:30pm to Canterbury Track every hour till 8:30pm. The return service starts from 9:20pm & 10:20pm back to Strathfield Station.
During Day Racing there is a Strathfield Station service that runs from 10:30am to Canterbury Track every hour till 2:30pm The return service starts from race six or 3:30pm back to the Station.
98 King Street Canterbury,
PO Box 21,
Ph. (02) 9930 4000
Fax (02) 9930 4098
Canterbury Park Racecourse Barrier Guide
- 1100 metres: Start is on the course proper in the back straight. Provides runners with a 400 metre straight before a sweeping double turn out of the back. Inside barrier draws have a slight advantage.
- 1200 metres: Starts in a chute at the end of the back straight. Has a long straight run before runners have to negotiate the turn. Gives runners ample time to find a position in running. Barriers have little importance.
- 1250 metres: same as the 1200 start.
- 1280 metres: same as the 1200 start.
- 1550 metres: Is in a small chute near the finish line off the course proper. There is only a short run before a long sweeping turn into the back straight. Inside barrier draws have an advantage.
- 1900 metres: This Start is found at the top of the home straight in a small chute providing a 300 metre straight run before the sweeping turn into the back straight. Inside barrier draws are an advantage.
- 2600 metres: This starts on the course proper in the back straight. There is a straight run for about 350 metres before the sweeping double bend into the home straight. Inside barriers have an advantage.
- 2800 metres: Is found on the course proper in the back straight near the 1250 metres start. There is a straight run for 550 metres before the sweeping double bend into the home straight. Inside barriers have only a slight advantage.