Royal Randwick Racecourse is a racecourse for horseracing in the Eastern Suburbs in Sydney, New South Wales. Randwick Racecourse, is operated by the Australian Jockey Club and known to many Sydney racegoers as headquarters. The racecourse is located approximately 6 km from the Sydney Central Business District in the suburb of Randwick.
The following is a list of Group races which are run at Randwick Racecourse.
|1||AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes||Open||Open||wfa||2000||April|
|1||AJC Sires Produce Stakes||2YO||Open||sw||1400||April|
|1||All Aged Stakes||Open||Open||wfa||1400||April|
|1||George Main Stakes||Open||Open||wfa||1600||September|
|1||Spring Champion Stakes||3YO||Open||sw||2000||October|
|1||T J Smith Stakes||Open||Open||wfa||1200||March|
|1||AJC Metropolitan Handicap||Open||Open||hcp||2400||October|
|2||AJC Chairmans Handicap||Open||Open||hcp||2600||April|
|2||Light Fingers Stakes||3YO||Fillies||sw+p||1100||February|
|2||Roman Consul Stakes||3YO||Open||sw||1200||September|
|2||Royal Sovereign Stakes||3YO||C&G||sw+p||1200||February|
|2||Stan Fox Stakes||3YO||Open||sw||1400||September|
|3||Adrian Knox Stakes||3YO||Fillies||qlty||2000||April|
|3||Bill Ritchie Handicap||Open||Open||hcp||1400||September|
|3||Colin Stephen Quality Handicap||Open||Open||hcp||2400||September|
|3||Frank Packer Plate||3YO||Open||sw||2000||April|
|3||Southern Cross Stakes||Open||Open||hcp||1200||February|
|3||San Domenico Stakes||3YO||Open||sw||1000||August|
|3||South Pacific Classic||3YO||Open||sw||1400||April|
|3||Sweet Embrace Stakes||2YO||Fillies||sw||1200||March|
|3||Tramway Quality Handicap||Open||Open||hcp||1400||September|
In 1970, Pope Paul VI celebrated mass at Randwick as part of his pastoral visit to Australia. The Racecourse was also the site of a mass held by Pope John Paul II in 1995 for the Beatification ceremony of Australia's first potential saint Mary MacKillop. It was also the site of the vigil and final mass of World Youth Day 2008 in July 2008. Racing was stopped for several weeks, due to the alterations needed to hold over 400,000 people. This move had been opposed by the Randwick Trainers Association, which holds lease interests over some areas intended to be used for the event. The dispute was resolved, by the federal government and the state government jointly pledging $40 million as reimbursement to the racing industry. The famous racecourse has also appeared in several films, including Mission: Impossible II.
Pink Floyd performed at Randwick during their Atom Heart Mother World Tour on August 15, 1971.
The Rolling Stones performed their final two shows, on two consecutive nights, at Randwick during their 1973 Pacific Tour on February 26-27, 1973.
- List of Australian organisations with royal patronage
- ↑ CNN Reports on WYD08
- ↑ Search under Manuscripts and Pictures on New South Wales library for "Australian tour of Pope Paul VI Randwick"
- ↑ Back off, irate horse trainers warn Pell
- ↑ World Youth Day reaches agreement with racing industry - Article on Australian Jockey Club website
- ↑ Racing industry offered payout for Pope - Article on au.news.yahoo.com