On Monday 7 February 2011, the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) and the Sydney Turf Club (STC) merged under the new name of Australian Turf Club (ATC).

Both the AJC and STC had their own rich histories, the AJC being formed in 1842, the oldest racing authority in Australia. The AJC survived two world wars, the Great Depression, the flu epidemic of 1919, the equine influenza of 2007 and the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-2008. On a more positive note the AJC was graced by royal visits to Randwick by Prince Albert and Prince George (1881), Queen Elizabeth II & Duke of Edinburgh (1954), Princess Marina (1964), Queen Elizabeth II (1970 and 1992).

The STC was born following passing of the Sydney Turf Club Act by the NSW Parliament on 10 August 1943. This Act marked a dividing line in Sydney’s racing history....the transformation of Sydney racing from a loose collection of private Racing Clubs and the AJC to a structure of two independently controlled non-proprietary clubs each with its own two racecourses. The first meeting of the emergent STC was actually held at Randwick on 15 January 1945, and drew a great response from the racing fraternity. Despite its war time setting it drew a crowd of 36,000, many of them in uniform, who came to see a historic day of racing. The principal race on the program was the Lord Mayors Cup won by Flight, owned by Brian Crowley, a champion mare who was destined to go on to become one of the heroic horses of post war racing.

With the two powerhouses of Sydney racing now reunited, the Australian Turf Club is firmly at the helm for an exciting future in thoroughbred racing and major events. The ATC’s key focus is on world-class facilities, quality racing and an enhanced spectator experience.

A number of venue redevelopments with financial support from the NSW Government have already taken place; the installation of the largest LED outdoor screen in the southern hemisphere has taken place at both Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick, the new Royal Randwick Grandstand, Owners Pavilion and Theatre of the Horse is fully operational, and an additional $24 million upgrade at Rosehill Gardens is also being finalised, including the extension of the tunnel between the stables and the infield tunnel, plus restoration and refurbishment of many areas including the betting ring.

We look forward to welcoming you through our gates. Welcome to the heart of Sydney racing.

If you would like to subscribe to the ATC Heritage Society newsletter, sent bi-monthly, please click here.