Canterbury is one of the thoroughbred racecourses in Sydney Australia. It is one of the smaller courses, offering mostly night races and mid week races. Known for its Friday night races along with its sister track Warwick Farm, Canterbury aims at attracting young adults to enjoy a night out or a mid week break.
The track offers a number of amenities including restaurants and bars. Wagering on the races is done via onsite bookies at the actual track, but can be done online as well for some of the races. The man races at Canterbury are the Schweppes Sprint and the TAB Rewards Sprint.
The track itself is turf, with a circumference of 1579 meters, making it one of smaller tracks in Sydney. The Australian Turf Club operates both Canterbury and Rosehill tracks. Canterbury, being a smaller track, does not have long straights like many of the other courses. This means that the horses are racing more often around bends than on the straight, giving the horse with the inside rail and the front runners the advantage. Racing at Canterbury is thus a strategic exercise, and even the favourite for a race can be upset by a bad draw or run.
The Schwepps Sprint is a short race for fillies and mares three years old and upwards. The race has produced a number of good winners in the past, and serves as one of the races punters use to spy out potential winners. The race does attract older horses, and has been won by mares and fillies of all ages. Elite thoroughbreds don’t enter the Schwepps Sprint, although there are some good runners each year. The field is varied enough to maintain interest in punters and spectators.
Placing A Bet
Placing a bet on a race at Canterbury can either be done at the course or online at horse racing betting sites. The course promotes wagering on a Friday night as a part of its social package. Bookies are onsite, although the betting area is separate from the family area. There are a number of children’s activities which the venue offers to keep the whole family entertained.
Betting on races which are held at the track can also be done online or via a mobile device. The benefit to this is that it can be done from anywhere in the country. To make use of these sites you will need a stable internet connection and a device such as a computer or a smartphone.
Placing a wager on a race at Canterbury online can also come with various bonuses and promotions. Some sites offer these to attract new members or to keep existing members from placing bets with other sites. These bonuses can include a number of things ranging from an amount of free money with which to place a bet, to matching your initial bet up to a certain amount. Be sure to read the terms and conditions of each site before committing to them.