Rosehill Racecourse

Rosehill Racecourse

Rosehill Gardens is Western Sydney ́s premier entertainment hotspot and recently undertook a $28m refurbishment.

The onsite technology is amazing, including installation of digital displays, an  experiential LED Cube and 150m of LED systems stretching along the home straight all part of a 10 year partnership between the Australian Turf Club and technology experts PMY Group.

The sister venue, Rosehill Bowling Club, (discussed more later) is adjacent to the racecourse.Rosehill Gardens is situated off James Ruse Drive, Rosehill, approximately 20km west of the Sydney CBD in what many consider as the centre of the city

Best Bookmakers at Rosehill Racecourse

If you are looking to bet on Rosehill racing, it can be overwhelming where to turn your head these days in the vast and rapidly changing landscape of online gambling. We recommend heading over to our Best Online Horse Racing Betting Sites section. We have also briefly covered the best online bookmaker sites for Rosehill Racecourse below.
The best option for bookies at the Rosehill track right now, we have placed Playup as a marginal top pick. We have picked Playup for betting at Rosehill due to their massive betting variety, having all Australian races, most international races and an extensive number of per-race markets. 
Further, they have plenty of payment options, a good app and most importantly for punters, competitive odds! You may also have promotions available for this specific racetrack. To see all promotions available, check out our main promotions page!

Rosehill Racecourse Tips

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Rosehill Racecourse History

Rosehill Gardens was opened in 1885,at a cost of 7,000 pounds and there was a crowd of 3,000. It is the second of Sydney´s premier racecourses.In 1901 Harry Houdini made an appearance in his biplane, having risen to some 150 feet the engine cut out, but he survived.In 1929 the great Phar Lap won his first race and then in 1930 and 1931 he won 2 Hill Stakes races at Rosehill.1957 saw inaugural glamour race for 2-year-olds,the Golden Slipper and it has been run at Rosehill ever since.  Rosehill hosts a multitude of high profile and Group 1 races including The Golden Eagle, George Ryder Stakes, Ranvet Stakes and Rosehill Guineas.There are also at least 12 Group 2 and 12 Group 3 races during the year.Rosehill hosts two racing carnivals, the Spring and Autumn Carnivals.The home straight is long at 408 metres.

Rosehill Racecourse Featured Race Days

Rosehill hosts some fascinating races with some 25 Group 1 races per year. Rosehill plays a key part in the Sydney Spring and Autumn Racing Carnivals.

The good thing about many race days at Rosehill is that the ticket includes travel on trains, buses, light rail and ferries, just show your ticket to transport staff when boarding.

Rosehill Racecourse Spring Carnival:

The Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, over a 200-year period, has grown from a few races, to a three-day event to now two whole months. 

The timing allows for racers to come to some of the NSW events before heading down to Victoria for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Golden Rose Stakes– 23/09/2023

This race is run at set weights over 1,400m for 3-year-olds with a prize money of $1m. It was first run in 1978 as the Peter Pan Stakes (after the Melbourne Cup Winner (1932 & 1934)). It was both renamed in 2003 to the Golden Rose Stakes and dropped from Group 2 to Unlisted but with a larger purse.

Golden Eagle – 28/10/2023

This $10m thoroughbred race for 4-year-olds, was first run in 2019, over 1,500m at set weights. The prize money size makes it the 4th richest turf race in the world, so it attracts a tremendous amount of interest and has put Rosehill on the racing map. No horse can win it twice, no jockey nor trainer has won it twice.

Five Diamonds  – 04/11/2023

This is a new $2m race, announced in 2022, for 5-year-olds run at Set Weights plus penalties over 1,800m.

Suggestions have been made that is race has been put on the card to detract trainers from sending their horses to Victoria.

Golden Gift – 04/11/2023    

A $1m thoroughbred race on the same day as the Five Diamonds, over 1,100m, for 2-year-olds under Set Weights plus penalties, it was first run in 2015. 

Rosehill Racecourse Autumn Carnival:

The first half of the Sydney Racing Carnival is primarily based at Rosehill Gardens with numerous Group 1 races.

George Ryder Stakes – 23/03/2024

A Group 1 thoroughbred race for 3-year-olds and over at Weight For Age conditions over 1,500m with prize money of $1m.

The incredible Winx won this race 4 consecutive times from 2016.

First run in 1903 as the Railway Stakes over 6 ½ furlongs (~1300m) it became the George Ryder Stakes in 1974 and has been a Group One race since 1980. The winner is exempt from the ballot for the lucrative Doncaster Handicap held at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

Ranvet Stakes– 18/03/2024

A Group One race with $1m in prize money over 2,000m for 3-year-olds and over under Weight For Age. 

Originally,in 1903, known as the Rawson Stakes over 1 1/8 miles it became a Group One in 1980 and the Ranvet Stakes in 1991. There was a tie in 1921. Although numerous horses have won the race in consecutive years and others have won twice non-consecutively, in the 1930s one horse, Lough Neagh won it 3 times over a 5-year period.

This race can be a pointer to the Tancred Stakes which takes place a week later.

The Galaxy – 18/03/2023

A $1m race for 3-year-olds and over, this is the Sydney Autumn Carnival´s only Group One sprint race over 1,100m. 

The winner of The Galaxy receives ballot exemption into the $3m 1,200m TJ Smith Stakes, which is held at Royal Randwick a month later.

Golden Slipper- 18/03/2023

The big race of the day, the $5m 1,200m Golden Slipper is the world´s richest race for 2-year-olds therefore THE premier race for 2 year-olds race in Australia. 

The first race was held in 1957 over 6 furlongs (1,207m), in 1973 it became 1,200m and in 1979 a Group One race. No horse can win it twice and although numerous jockeys have won it 3 or 4 times, Gai Waterhouse has trained even more winners (currently 7).

H E Tancred Stakes – 25/03/2023

A week the Golden Slipper weekend, this 2,400m Group One, for 3-year-olds and over, under Weight For Age conditions takes place with $1.5m in prize money.

This race was first run in 1963 as the HE Tancred Cup over 1 ½ miles (2,414m), but became 2,400m in 1973 and a Group One race from 1980. 

Only 2 horses have won the race twice and both were in consecutive years (1996/1997 & 1999/2000).

The winner is exempt from the ballot for 2 races, the 2,000m Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the 3,200m Sydney Cup. They will not enter both races as they occur on the same day!

Rosehill Racecourse Track Map

Rosehill Racecourse Starting Positions:

Rosehill Gardens is an almost square clockwise track of 2,048 metres with sweeping turns, 4 separate shutes and a long 408m home straight. This long straight does give a chance for swoopers to race powerfully to the finish. The clockwise direction means it is often advantageous for those running on the inside.

900m, for the speedsters and open trials,starts in its own independent shute,outside the main track, but within metresit joins the main track. The first 400m metres is straight and then a long right-hand bend, which will favour those on the inside, before the 408m finishing straight.

1100m and1200m start are also in their own independent shute, but inside the main track and at an angle to the main track, so a 300m (for the 1100m) straight is followed by a long right-hand bend before the finishing straight. At these distances inside barriers will be slightly advantaged due to the orientation of the race. 

1300m and 1400m start on the main racetrack, whereas the 1500m has its own 50m shute before joining the main track. There are 2 long right-hand bends with a 200m straight in between, before the finishing straight.

1800m and 1900m start on the main racetrack, whereas the 2000m has its own 50m shute before joining the main track. These longer races have to ensure 3 long right-hand bends with a 250m straight for the 1800m (350m for the 1900m, etc) before the first right-hand bend and then they pass the 1400m start point and run the same format. 

2400m, for the stayers, start 352m before the winning post on the main racetrack. The starting stalls are positioned just before the front of the grandstand, on the home straight. In theory, starting gates for such a long race should not hold much significance, however, analysis over time has revealed that a large percentage of winners start from low barrier numbers.

There are the most frequently used starting positions, but there is also capability for 1350m (which of course would be between the 1300m and 1400m start positions), as well as the 3200m which starts 3200m - 2048m = 1152m before the finish line followed by a full lap of the course, or to put it another way 148m in front of the 1300m start.

What to do at Rosehill Racecourse

Rosehill Gardens hosts more than 20 race meetings a year and is fast becoming Western Sydney´s hot spot. Befitting a premium venue there are a multitude of food and drink options available. Whisky, Canadian Club, Furphy, Aperol, Champagne, Cocktail, are not just drinks, but different bars onsite, together with mouth-watering Greek, Philly and Tortilla options available to all. In the Members´ Reserve we go to a whole new level of hospitalitywith Palms Brasserie, the Cheese and Wine Bar the Grand View Terrace (where better to watch a race) plus many others. Close to the Parade Ring there is even a Winners´ Circle Bar and after the final race of the day, the Rosehill Bowling Club is available for final drink(s) and live entertainment.

Significant investment has been made onsite with the 4,000sqm Exhibition Hall and the 6,300sqm Grand Pavilion offering state-of-the-art event space that is available for hire every day of the year.

Members of Rosehill Gardens have access to private viewing lawns and exclusive dining options,such as the Winning Post Restaurant and The Hive, at all race days and enjoy discounts on food and drink.

Rosehill Contact Details

Australian Turf Club
Alison Road, Randwick Australian Turf Club Locked Bag 3 Randwick NSW 2031
Phone: 1300 729 668

How to get to Rosehill Racecourse

Tram: There are no tram services of interest except for anyone coming by tram from close to Sydney CBD who wants to catch a ferry to Rydalmere or a train to Parramatta.

Train: The nearest station is Parramatta Station which has a connection with regular bus service to Rosehill Gardens.

Bus: This is not the most effective route the further your start from the racecourse, but buses to Parramatta Station or Rydalmere can connect with regular bus services to Rosehill Gardens.

Car: Rosehill Gardens is situated approximately 20km west of the Sydney CBD with plenty of parking available onsite. Three major roads namely Parramatta Road, Victoria Road and the M4 Motorway connect to Rosehill Gardens. There is limited disabled car parking via James Ruse Drive and Grand Avenue. There is free car parking located on James Ruse Drive & Prospect Street. There is also an infield car park where entry is via Unwin Street. In addition, reserved Members parking is available for those with annual car park passes.

Ferry: Take a ferry to Rydalmere to connect with regular bus services to Rosehill Gardens.

Coach: There is a Member´s Coach on race days, subject to sufficient numbers (book by the Friday lunchtime) which picks up at Royal Randwick Racecourse and North Sydney Station 

Helicopter: Anyone having a great day´s racing can even book a departure from the racecourse.