Royal Randwick Racecourse is situated in the Eastern Suburbs in Sydney New South Wales. Randwick and Rosehill Gardens are the premier racecourses in Sydney.

Besides horseracing, Randwick Racecourse has been used as a venue for many other events including concerts and religious masses. It also appeared in several films including Mission Impossible 2.

Key Characteristics

Randwick has a circumference of 2,213 metres, with a finishing straight of 410 metres. The last 300 metres are slightly uphill making this quite a testing racecourse.

Randwick is a roomy course with sweeping bends. Big striding gallopers can stretch right out. In theory the track should give every runner a fair chance. In practice this has not been the case. A very poor wet weather track, there has been a huge amount of track bias even when only slightly rain affected. Front runners are often favoured, although depending on the rail movements next to the rails has sometimes been a slow lane.

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Barrier analysis

1100 Metres
With a straight run of nearly 600 metres to the turn, inside barriers are only a very slight advantage.

1200 Metres
Similar to the 1100 metres there is a straight run of nearly 800 metres to the turn so bery little barrier advantage.

1400 Metres
They start on a chute off the main course, with a 450 metre run to the bend. There is maybe a slight advantage to an inside barrier.

1600 Metres
They start on a chute off the main course, with a 650 metre run to the bend. Barrier position isn't important.

2000 Metres
This barrier start is virtually on a turn and therefore inside barrier positions are very important.

2400 Metres
There is a 300 metre run to a large sweeping turn and therefore inside barriers have a significant advantage.

2600 Metres
Starting 200 metres before the 2400M start, barrier position is less important with runners having plenty of time to sort themselves out before the turn.

3200 Metres
The Sydney Cup start. This barrier starts near the 1000 metres start. There is a straight run of nearly 600 metres to the first turn. No barrier advantage exists.