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The Championships

Every year, Australians come together to celebrate The Championships, a popular horse racing day held at Royal Randwick racecourse.

Held on the first and second Saturday of April each year, 12 races are held with over $20 million in prizemoney up for grabs.


The Championships is held at the beautiful racecourse known as Royal Randwick, just a few minutes east of the Sydney CBD. The races have been running in some form since 1866 and Randwick is one of the most historic and beautiful tracks in Australia.

Having a bet on the Championships is very popular, with hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on the races over the 2 days. Most people place bets through the official TAB or through a bookmaker in person, although many of the races are televised and people also bet online at home or at a local pub or gaming venue.

The Championships race is a day full of fun and frivolities. Dress up in your Autumn finest, bring a group of friends (and maybe even a picnic). Food and drinks can be purchased at the racetrack and ATMs are available inside the racecourse, however due to the large crowds, lines are often long. Betting is a popular past-time, so make sure to bring some extra cash to place a bet.

For large events, special event buses run frequent express services to and from Central Station dropping racegoers inside the main gate of the racecourse. You can use your Opal card or purchase a ticket on board the shuttle bus on the day.