A short 11km or approximately 15 minutes from the city of Sydney, the Canterbury Racecourse is located with the Canterbury railway station adjacent to it which makes commuters access to the track very convenient. The racecourse of Canterbury does have a very small and tight track; 1,567m is the measurement of the circumference and 308m for its short straight. The direction of the track is clockwise. Front runners and those on pace runners plus those short striding gallopers have a great advantage due to the round shape and turns of the track. The race track is considered very small when you compare it with other courses around the metro; this makes the experience better for the audience, since they get to experience the thrill of the race from close proximity.
The Canterbury race course is used mainly for midweek and night racing. This and the Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne are the only two race tracks that can accommodate night racing. There is strong floodlight surrounding the track that makes night racing easier. The race course main grandstand includes great seating capacity, facilities for both dining and corporate events.
Sydney Turf Club is the governing body of the Canterbury race course. Normally they hold about 62 race meetings every year. In cases wherein the Rosehill or the Randwick needs a break from racing or if Sydney is suffering from heavy rain fall, then the Canterbury track may host a Saturday meeting. The race course normally holds the Canterbury Classic which is for 3yo and up and is a handicap race held every January and the PJ Bell Handicap for 3yo handicap race held every April.
Despite the fact that the track is not used very often it is still one of the favorites because of its great environment plus it seem a perfect place to gather, watch the race and have tons of fun.