A New South Wales based racecourse Rosehill Gardens is one of the state's premium tracks offering high quality racing to the western suburbs of Sydney.
Location: Western Sydney, NSW
Length of home straight: 408m
Races: 1100m - 2400m
Rosehill Gardens Racecourse is situated in the heart of Sydney's Western Suburbs and pairs with Randwick Racecourse as one of the two premier tracks located in NSW operated by The Australian Turf Club.
The Rosehill races are run on a turf track offering high quality racing to gallopers suited to flat racing. Competition takes place all year round with Rosehill hosting premium racing across key times in the racing calendar.
Rosehill races today are an integral part of both Autumn and Spring Racing Carnivals with Rosehill Gardens hosting a number of group 1 races at the Sydney raceway.
Rosehill Racecourse Details
The Rosehill racecourse itself, as mentioned above is a full turf race course which is a circumference of 2,048m.The width at the winning post is 20m across with a home straight of 408m. Racing is run in a clockwise direction opposite to that of Victorian racing which is run in an anti clockwise direction.
Rosehill Gardens is a box shaped area which contains 4 tracks for racing as well as training and trial gallops. The four tracks vary in size and speed:
Inside Grass Track 1538 metres
Fast Cinders Track 1436 metres
Slow Cinders Track 1357 metres
Sand Track 1712 metres
Generally track bias is determined on the Rosehill raceday dependant on the ground. With a long straight and large sweeping bends runners can win from on speed or back markers can swoop through to take victory.
The western suburbs track has a significant viewing point with a large three tier stand offering seating to customers. This is accompanied by an array of bars and function rooms that can accommodate thousands of racing fans.
History Of Rosehill Racecourse
In 1883 landscaper John Bennett purchased a patch of ground in the Rosehill area to begin the construction of Rosehill Racecourse. Construction to build Rosehill Gardens was completed in 1885 at the cost of £12,000.
As a way of ensuring that Rosehill Races were a success today Bennett also constructed a train line direct to the race course which linked to the Clyde line and subsequent train routes into the Sydney mainlines.
From 1943 Rosehill Gardens were operated by the Sydney Turf Club. This had been the case right through until 2011 when a merger with Australian Jockey Club meant that it then fell under the management of the newly formed Australian Turf Club.
When the merger was completed in 2011 the government of NSW promised $24m in development funds in order to help improve facilities and develop the existing course proper.
Rosehill Gardens hosts 32 Group races across the racing season across G1, G2 and G3 grades. All of these races are run at Rosehill on a Saturday.
One of the standout feature races is undoubtedly the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes being the feature of Rosehill’s racing calendar.
The 1200m two year old race is run in April for a multi million dollar prize and is held as the premium two year old race in Australia. The prize money attached to the race makes it the richest 2 year old race in the world.
The Slipper forms part of the Autumn Sydney Racing Carnival which is hosted between Rosehill and Randwick each Saturday between March and April. .
In the 2020 edition of the race the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott team won the $3.5m feature with Farnan. This was her 7th time winning the race pulling ahead of legendary trainers T.J Smith (6) and Bart Cummings (4) in total Golden Slipper wins.
Along with the Golden Slipper Rosehill Gardens is also the only racecourse in Australia to host 5 group one races in a single Saturday.
That Saturday is during the Autumn Carnival where Rosehill hosts the Ranvet Stakes, The Galaxy, The George Ryder Stakes, Rosehill Guineas and the aforementioned Golden Slipper Stakes. Across all 5 races a total prize pool of $6.5m is available for the runners and riders to compete for.
Probably one of the other naturally famous races from the above to be run at Rosehill Gardens was the George Ryder Stakes which formulated 4 of the mighty mare Winx’s 32 undefeated rides.
Winx & Rosehill Racecourse
Rosehill races today are undoubtedly as popular as ever however the real showcase of talent came in between 2014 and 2019 where the mighty mare Winx made her home track of Rosehill Gardens a fortress against all comers.
Winx will forever be known in the world for winning four Cox Plates, however her affiliation will also be known with Rosehill Gardens after winning 4 consecutive George Ryder Stakes at her home track.
Stabled at Rosehill Racecourse for champion trainer Chris Waller Winx became synonymous with the western suburbs track having held feature gallops and completing track work there on the way to going 33 races undefeated.
As part of her 25 Group 1 victories the George Ryder became a standard win for the Queen of the Turf as she ran a seamless Autumn campaign over a 4 year period. Starting by collecting the Chipping Norton at Randwick in March Winx would return home to Rose hill and collect The George Ryder on the way to winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes back at Randwick.
When the champion mare was running at her peak millions of dollars were bet on Winx with her average price just $1.20 for her last 8 races. As part of her rides at Rosehill Racecourse on course bookmakers would always lower the price to limit liability and balance the books with the champ sure to win.
See Winx’s final George Ryder run in 2017 below:
A Day Out At Rosehill Races
When Winx was in her prime Rosehill Gardens Racecourse would be packed to the rafters with fans arriving for Saturday Races hours in advance to catch a glimpse of the champion mare.
Dress code for the track, the same as all Australian racecourses, is generally smart attire. General Admission has no dress code however most male punters will choose a shirt and trousers approach to Rosehill Gardens with females smart cocktail dress approach.
Corporate and members facilities will require more heavy attention with a suit and tie as standard. In some members areas suit jackets are not permitted to be removed unless weather dictates.
The facilities at Rosehill Racecourse have been upgraded significantly in recent years and with great initial planning it created unprecedented course access.
For patrons planning on attending Rosehill Gardens Racecourse there are several options of transport that Bennett mapped out when building the course over 100 years ago.
Attending by Train: On the NSW Train Map Rosehill Gardens are located on the Carlingford Line which is 380m from the entrance of the racecourse.
Attending by Bus: The nearest bus stop to Rosehill is Alfred Street however Strathfield Bus Station offers a shuttle service from the track on busier race days.
Attending by Ferry: Parramatta Wharf is the closest Ferry port to the course with a shuttle running to Rosehill Gardens every hour on Saturday races.
Attending by Car: Rosehill Racecourse is located on the James Ruse Road. There is parking available at the course with access from the Victoria Road, Parramatta Road or M4 Tollway the easiest access routes to the course.
All details on the best way to travel to the course are published each raceday on the ATC website and parking can be paid for in advance.
Betting At Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
Rosehill Races offer a number of on course betting options. The traditional railside bookies have nearly gone the way of the dodo however a number of on course bookies still exist out in the main hall as well as the entrance ring where punters walk in. There are TAB terminals situated through Rosehill Gardens Racecourse whether it be the General Admission section or corporate facilities on the higher levels of the main stand.
Of course many punters these days will look away from the on course options at Rosehill for online and app based betting with corporate bookmakers. Apps like Sportsbet or Ladbrokes means the punter need not course correct when enjoying Rosehill races on a Saturday with betting available at the click of a button.
Where promotions such as oddsboost, bet insurance and first past the post payout are all available through mobile betting apps it is somewhat amazing that corporate bookmakers on course at Rosehill races today are still able to operate profitably.
Rosehill Gardens Barrier Guide
With racing at Rosehill taking place all year round racing distances ranged from 1100m to 2400m with barriers located across the course proper.
1100 metres: A jump for the speedsters the 1100m start is located in a chute found inside the main course proper. The run from the chute is approximately 300 metres before riders have to steer their mounts round two sweeping bends before hitting the straight and onto the winning post.
1200 metres: Very similar to the 1100m race jockeys start at the end of a chute within the course proper. Set 100m back from the 1100m start riders face a 400m run before hitting the two bends and then heading to fight it out down the straight.
1300 metres: Located on the course proper inside runners generally have a strong advantage at this distance with 3 bends to face before entering the home straight. Runners and riders have just 250m at the start of the race to jockey for position at the Rosehill track before entering the first bend.
1350 metres: Same as the 1300 metre start the extra 50m gives jockeys just 300m to settle for position before hitting the first of three turns. Again here inside barriers receive a significant advantage. Especially for front runners.
1500 metres: The 1500m barrier is located in a chute at the top of the course proper attaching to the back straight. The chute gives runners and riders 450 metres to the first turn. Bigger fields see the outside barriers having to work much harder much earlier.
1900 metres: Located on the course proper the 1900 metre start gives approximately 350m before horses face the first turn. With the greater distance barriers are more even in the draw however inside barriers are still able to gain a small advantage.
2000 metres: Almost identical to the 1900 metre start except 100 metres further back. The additional distance means runners have about 450m before they face the first turn.
2400 metres: The longest start Rosehill Gardens Racecourse has to offer the start is located on the course proper. Runners begin from the home straight completing a full circuit of the track before entering the home straight again. Runners gain a 400m straight run at the beginning allowing for positional moves before hitting the first turn.
Rosehill Gardens are one of the premium tracks in NSW hosting an extremely high quality of racing of which has only been boosted in recent years with the addition of the $7.5m Golden Eagle.
The racecourse itself offers a high quality race day experience with excellent bookmaker facilities, course access and corporate hosting options.
The gardens will always be a prominent part of the NSW racing calendar and with over 100 years of history Pro Group Racing strongly recommends a visit to the Western Suburbs track.