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Randwick racecourse, or "Royal Randwick" as it is referred to by punters, is one of the two major race tracks in Sydney. Situated just 5km East of the city centre, it is headquaters for racing in New South Wales.
Randwick features in two major racing seasons, the Spring and the Autumn. During the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival Randwick hosts the Epsom Handicap, a key lead-up race for some of the major Melbourne Group 1 races. In the Autumn, Randwick hosts some of the biggest Group 1 races of the season including the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, boasting the biggest prize money across the Autumn Carnival.
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is just one of ten major races that run across two consecutive weekends at Randwick in the Autumn making up The Championships which includes no less than eight Group 1 races. After substantially increasing prize money, the Championships attracts some of the best thoroughbred talent in the country and across the globe.
In 2012, Royal Randwick received a significant upgrade with over $150 million spent on its redevelopment. Renovations were made to the main public, the VIP stand and the horse parading area which gains access to the track via a tunnel under the main stand.
The track has a circumference of 2,220m making it the largest racecourse in New South Wales. The home straight is 410m long and is sufficiently wide enough to give runners a good chance to find open room in the run for the finishing post.
The major races over the calendar year include: