Canterbury Races

Canterbury Racecourse, A tranquil community haven and indisputable home of Sydney night racing. During the summer, the Kia Friday Night Racing Series at Canterbury Park features live music, hawker-style food vendors, free entertainment for children, and racing under the lights. In addition, the racetrack provides Wednesday afternoon racing throughout the year. The Inner West is only a short drive from Sydney’s CBD.

Canterbury Park Racecourse is a horse racing track in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is 11 kilometres (7 miles) from the Sydney Central Business District, on King Street in Canterbury, next to the Canterbury railway station. The Australian Turf Club manages the racetrack.

The Track

Canterbury Racecourse is well-known for its Main Track which measures 1,579 meters in circumference. Its home straight is 317 meters long. The venue hosts various races, ranging from 1000m to 2800m. This makes Canterbury Racecourse an ideal destination for experienced and inexperienced horse racing fans looking for a diverse range of racing events to enjoy.


The Tracks History

The first horse racing in Canterbury occurred in 1852 when Cornelius Proud cleared part of his property for use as a racecourse, which residents frequently utilised. After a few years of no race meetings, Frederick Clissold and Thomas Austen Davis conducted a race meeting on land leased by Davis near the existing racecourse in 1871. The site was leased as the headquarters of Canterbury Park Race Club in 1884. On January 19, 1884, a racetrack, 700-person grandstand, and leisure park were built, and the inaugural meeting was held. Davis purchased 53 acres (21 ha) of the leased land for the club in 1886.

A zoo on the property until World War I held species like kangaroos, wallabies, emus, brolgas, curlews, pheasants, and kookaburras.

The Sydney Turf Club (STC) purchased the racecourse in January 1945 and hosted its inaugural meeting there. The STC owned the racecourse until 2011 when the Sydney Turf Club and the Australian Jockey Club united to become the Australian Turf Club. Canterbury Park Racecourse is currently owned and operated by the Australian Turf Club.

Canterbury Races

Most Famous Race Held At Canterbury

The PJ Bell Handicap is one of Canterbury’s most important races, running on one of the biggest and most important race days of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The PJ Bell Stakes is run at fixed weights plus penalties and offers $200,000 in prize money.


The Last Five Winning Horses

  • 01 Apr 2023 MAGIC TIME (AUS)
  • 02 Apr 2022 HERESY (AUS)
  • 10 Apr 2021 MATCHMAKER (NZ)
  • 04 Apr 2020 RUBISAKI (AUS)
  • 06 Apr 2019 MULTAJA (AUS)

Getting There

Canterbury Park is just 15 minutes from the Central Business District and a short drive from Kingsford Smith Airport. King Street is the location of the track.

There is free parking on-site for up to 2,000 cars through Frederick Street. Travel along King and Princess Street entry for members’ parking.

Canterbury Racecourse is a ten-minute walk or a two-to-three-minute cab trip from Canterbury Station. Buses 471 and 472 run between Canterbury and Ashfield stations. These buses run every 15 minutes and stop outside Canterbury Park Racecourse’s main entrance.

During Night Races, a Strathfield Station service runs every hour from 5:30 pm to Canterbury Track until 8:30 pm. The return service to Strathfield Station begins at 9:20 pm and ends at 10:20 pm.

During day racing, a Strathfield Station service runs every hour from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm to Canterbury Track. The return trip to the Station begins at race six or 3:30 pm.



Australian Turf Club


King Street, Canterbury NSW 2193


1300 729 668

Directions To The Track