History of Rosehill Racecourse

Rosehill Gardens was constructed in 1885 for a grand total of $17,000.  It is a state of the art facility and also features four training tracks, one is grass, one is sand and the other two are cinder tracks.  The race track has a marvelous grand stand, great pavilions, and a seating deck, as well as having lots of room down by the track.  It has three tiered stands with bars, restaurants, betting stands, and corporate luxury boxes.  It is located just 20 minutes from the center of Sydney and is home to the Sydney Turf Club, and is their main track.  The track has both an autumn and spring racing carnival.  Along with the Randwick racecourse, this is the premier destination for thoroughbred horse racing in Sydney.

The track is run in a clockwise direction and the grass surface has a total circumference of 2048 meters, featuring a 408 meter straight and sweeping turns.  The track is the model for many other tracks and is a worth a picture of two because of its beauty alone.  It hosts atleast 32 Group 1, 2 and 3 races a year.  It consists of 8 Group 1 Races, 16 Group 2 races, and 8 Group 3 races, including the Kingston Town Stakes.  The Golden Rose is the premier spring race and is worth $1 million, this is a 1400m Group 1 set-weight race for 3 year olds.

The autumn carnival offers an astonishing $11 million in prize money held over 18 group events that take place over the course of three consecutive Saturdays.  The autumn carnival is known to attract the very best horses in the country.  The marquee event of the autumn carnival is the Golden Slipper Stakes, which offers a $3.5 prize pool for 2 year olds and is 1200 meters in distance.  This is the richest race available to two year olds anywhere in the world.  The race has become so popular over the last 20 years that it is as widely sought after as much as the Melbourne Cup.  Along with the Golden Slipper Stakes, Rosehill garden features other races on this day such as the BMW, the Vinery Stakes for 3 year old fillies , and the George Ryder Stakes which is worth $400,000. 

The other notable Autumn races are the Coolmore Study classic, a Group 1 race for fillies and mares that has a prize pool of $600,000 and is 1500 meters.  The Ranvet Stakes is a 2000 meter Group 1 weight for age race worth $400,000.  The Apollo Stakes is a Group 2 weight for age race clocking in at 1400 meters and offering $250,000.  Next is the Ajax Stakes, a 1500 meter Group 2 quality handicap race, worth $150,000.  The other notable autumn event is the Queen of the Turf Stakes, which is a 1500 meter Group 1 race for fillies and mares that offers a healthy $400,000.

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