Warwick Farm

Warwick Farm is home to the world renowned Warwick Farm Racecourse, which interestingly enough was used as a military barracks / camp during World War II

In the early 1880s William Alexander Long bought J.H. Stroud's Warwick Park grant north of Liverpool. By 1884 he had also developed his property across the river, Chipping Norton, building stables and tracks. Long lived at Chipping Norton until 1901 when the banks foreclosed on him. His most successful horse Grand Flanneur won the Melbourne Cup in 1880. He sold the Warwick Park estate in 1882 to William Forrester, who changed to name to Warwick Farm to match his initials. He became one of the most successful trainers of his time and in 1889 he and Edwin Oatley were the principals in the formation of the Warwick Farm Racing Club. Forrester owned two Melbourne Cup winners, Gaulus in 1897 and The Grafter in 1898. Forrester died almost destitute not long after his last winner The Watch Dog, won the Ellesmere Stakes at Randwick Racecourse in 1901.[2] Early in the twentieth century the racecourse was owned by Edwin Oatley who died in 1920. His son, Cecil, was the Manager of the property for a number of years, until 1924. Another son, Percy, was Secretary of the Warwick Farm Racing Club from 1906 until 1914. During World War II, the racecourse was utilised as a camp by Australian, American and British armed forces. The camp was known as Camp Warwick and also HMS Golden Hind.[3]

On Course Facilities

  • Warwick Farm Racecourse in Sydney is one of Australia's premier training centres with world class facilities.
  • Warwick Farm in Australia is set on 380 acres. There are 5 different tracks for training including grass and sand.
  • Additionally there is a equine pool for daily use. Weigh scales are also provided.
  • Warwick Farm has a jump out track, which provides safe instruction & education for barrier training.
  • The Bullring is a sand track for conditioning work away from the main course adding to the variety of facilities at Warwick Farm Racecourse.
  • The tie-up stalls used in morning work are located on course facing the track a further education for race day.

Warwick Farm Racecourse Barrier Guide

  • 1000 metres: Starts in a chute off the course proper which in turn allows for a straight run for almost 700 metres to the home turn. Inside barriers have only a slight advantage.
  • 1100 metres: This start is also in the chute off the course proper and provides a straight run for almost 800 metres to the home turn. Inside barriers have a slight advantage.
  • 1200 metres: Almost the same as the 1100 metre start and this one having a straight run for 900 metres to the home corner. Inside barriers have only a slight advantage.
  • 1400 metres: Starts at the end of the chute off the course proper and provides a straight run of almost 1100 metres to the home turn. Barriers don't really come into play.
  • 1600 metres: Starts in a small chute off the course proper and provides a straight run of 400 metres to the first corner. Inside barriers have an a slight advantage mainly depending on the size of the field.
  • 2200 metres: Is on the course proper at the top of the home straight. It only provides just under 300 metres before the first turn for horses to find a position. Due to the distance of the race barriers are a slight advantage.

There are numerous tracks available from synthetic to grass, in addition to natural paths and areas for horses to walk and pick grass. A distinct advantage over other metropolitan tracks is the new ‘Pro-Ride’ synthetic track which allows horses at Warwick Farm to exercise regardless of the weather. The state-of-the-art swimming pool also adds another dimension to the facilities available to train a horse to perform to the best of their ability. Warwick Farm is a fantastic place to train racehorses which recent results from the training centre show.

Racecourse Details

Warwick Farm Racecourse is of triangular shape and has a circumference of 1,937 metres with a home straight being only 326 metres long. The track width is 23 metres wide at the winning post. Direction of travel for all races is clockwise and the course has only three turns. The racecourse grounds also features 1 sand track & 2 grass tracks for training only.

It has starts for 1000 metres, 1100 metres, 1200 metres, 1400 metres, 1600 metres, and 2200 metres.
Starts for 1000 metres to 1400 metres, the horses only negotiate the home turn bend, so barriers are of little importance for these starts. For races beyond 1600 metres, it pays to be up front in the field due to the tracks two sharp turns.Front runners do well here due to its sharp turns and short home straight. Horses coming from behind often run very wide when negotiating these turns. Like the ATC’s Canterbury Park Racecourse, Warwick Farm is mainly a midweek racing venue