Rosehill Gardens Track Guide
Track Circumference - 2048m Length of Home Straight - 408m Width at the Winning Post - 27m
One of the flagship tracks of The Australian Turf Club, and the home of the internationally renowned Golden Slipper, Rosehill is a beautiful, spacious course located in the heart of Greater Sydney. With excellent facilities for race day patrons and industry participants alike Rosehill can cater comfortably with some of Sydney’s biggest race days and Saturday Metropolitan meetings alike. The recent edition of The Grand Pavilion, just past the winning post, has taken corporate functions to a new level. In general the track has a marvellous ability to cope with year round racing and is renowned equally for it’s surface and wonderful start points.
Horse Type and Style
With a long testing straight Rosehill is not for the faint hearted and a strong type of galloper that can make a sustained run for home is usually advantaged, especially in dry conditions. Leaders and on-pace runners typically perform well at this track given the bias that can occur (explained below).
Favourite Track: Big, strong, on-pace horses with a long stride often prefer Rosehill (e.g. Steps in Time)
Not their favourite: Smaller, athletic horses that prefer not to make a long and fast sprint (e.g. Smart Moochi)
Rosehill Gardens is situated a few minutes away from the City of Parramatta, which lies in the geographical heart of Sydney. It is easily accessible by public transport, with a train station just near the track. For further information on getting there see The Australian Turf Club link - www.australianturfclub.com.au/races/RacedayTransportMaps.aspx
Weather and Conditions
The track surface is a rather flat, open area that is exposed to the majority of prevailing winds. The prevailing Northerly summer breeze is a tail wind down the back straight and a headwind in the home straight. The opposite is true for the prevailing winter Southerlies with a head wind down the back and a tail wind in the home straight. The issue of cover becomes more important as the wind strengthens so take into account where your horse will be in the run. The track generally holds up well to rain.
The Rosehill Gardens track can sometimes favour leaders, especially on a good/dry racing surface. The two long final turns and the flat and fast home straight can make it difficult for backmarkers to make up any ground, with leaders often able to push hard from the 500m and keep going. When there has been some rain it is harder to predict the way the track will race. The Race Guide provides bias updates via twitter (@TheRaceGuide).