Warwick Farm to host Randwick Guineas Day

THE Australian Turf Club has announced Warwick Farm Racecourse will host the Group 1 Randwick Guineas Day meeting on Saturday, March 16.

Upgrades to Royal Randwick are near completion but won't be finished in time for the Randwick Guineas, a major three-year-old thoroughbred race in the autumn.

The ATC has confirmed its schedule of program changes with Tabcorp and Racing NSW for the remainder of the 2013 season throughout the closing stages of construction of the new grandstand at Royal Randwick and the refurbishment of the Kensington track.

ATC chief executive Darren Pearce said that since construction of the grandstand began in December, 2011 all scheduled Group 1 races have been held at Royal Randwick but in preparation for an exciting April some sacrifices needed to be made to achieve the best outcomes.

"The priority ahead of the BMW Sydney Carnival is to give construction company Brookfield Multiplex an unimpeded run to complete as much as possible ahead of David Jones Australian Derby Day at Royal Randwick on Saturday, April, 2013," Pearce said.

ATC chairman John Cornish said staging the Randwick Guineas (1600 metres) is another good event for the people of Liverpool and Sydney's south-west to enjoy.

"And it further promotes the sport for the people at Warwick Farm and the local community," Cornish said.

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