On Monday, 7 February 2011 the Australian Jockey Club and the Sydney Turf Club merged under the launch name of Australian Turf Club.
In a huge boost for Sydney racing, the NSW Government has secured a $174million funding package which will be utilised to renovate Sydney’s most prestigious tracks, Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick.
A $150Million redevelopment of Randwick racecourse combined with $24Million in improvements to Rosehill Gardens will reinvigorate Sydney’s premier racecourses.
The redevelopment of Royal Randwick commenced after 5 November 2011 race meeting and will continue through to autumn 2013, however the ATC will still run the famous 2012 Sydney Carnival (autumn) and Sydney Spring Carnival, as well as public holiday race days during the construction phase with a reduced crowd capacity.
In summary the Royal Randwick redevelopment will:
- Deliver world-class spectator, dining and entertainment facilities for racing and events;
- Feature a new Theatre of the Horse parade ring which will cater for over 4,500 seated and standing patrons and will create a level theatre not seen at Australian courses;
- Increase seating capacity in the QEII and Paddock Grandstand by 112 per cent; Offer new corporate boxes and a range of event lounges, dining and hospitality;
- Be constructed with flexible floor plates and configurations that will enable the facility to host a number of multi-purpose events;
- Meet the latest Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) benchmarks
Welcome to the heart of Sydney racing.