The Championships Quarantine Centre

The designated Quarantine Centre for The Championships is located at Canterbury Park Racecourse. This is the Australian Turf Club’s major mid-week city based racing venue and the home of Sydney night racing. Situated just 11km west of Sydney CBD, and 14km from Royal Randwick, the track is regarded by many as Australia’s best racing surface.


The Quarantine Centre stable complex is located directly adjacent to the training track and can accommodate up to twelve horses in custom built rubber-lined stables developed from one of three existing stable blocks.

The area has its own entrance, and ample parking. Features include a self-contained horse surgery, a scrubbing room, sand roll, showers for veterinary, quarantine and stable staff, and a state of the art digital security and surveillance system. It has two warm-up areas, an undercover bullring approximately 200m² and a 180m chute which is close by and also 24m wide.

The administration block contains accommodation for up to four people, has a courtyard area with a BBQ, and provides kitchen and laundry appliances.  

Training Track

Training is carried out on the course proper which is 1580m in circumference and 24m wide, with warm season turf called Kikuyu. Track access on the turf track is provided from 6.30am to 10am each morning.

Prior to The Championships racing at Canterbury will cease on Wednesday 17 February and will not resume again until Wednesday 20 April, in order that international horses have exclusive use of this excellent facility.

Stable Staff Accommodation

A number of high quality services accommodation options are available for stable staff approximately 9km or 15 minutes driving distance away. Canterbury Park is close to excellent train and bus services. The Championships can offer assistance with accommodation and car hire recommendations.


The following forms must be completed for all horses prior to arrival:

  1. 1. Racing Australia International Horse Registration
  2. 2. International Horse Details
  3. 3. Race Nomination Form
  4. 4. Bedding & Feed Request Form
  5. 5. International Trainer Form
  6. 6. International Stable Employee Form
  7. 7. Veterinarian, Farrier & Physio Selection Form

All forms are available for download here, or in a printable version in the Horseman’s Handbook which can be download here.

Pre Export and Post Export Quarantine

The pre-export quarantine (PEQ) and post-arrival quarantine (PAQ) requirements detailed are current, but may be subject to change. Connections wishing to participate in the Sydney Autumn Carnival should contact Racing NSW regarding the specific quarantine requirements which apply at the relevant time to the importation of horses into Australia.

Prior to travelling to Australia, horses from approved countries must serve minimum 14-days PEQ in approved premises. All visiting horses must serve a minimum of 14-nights in PAQ from the arrival of the last horse, before they will be permitted to leave the Centre for external training or racing purposes (emergency situations excepted).

When PAQ is completed, horses imported on a temporary basis remain under Quarantine Surveillance. While under Quarantine Surveillance, imported horses are not permitted to have contact with local horses except at time of competition.


Horses must be vaccinated against equine influence 14-90 days before commencement of pre-export quarantine, with a complete primary course, the final of a primary course, or a booster to a primary course, using a registered vaccine. NB: Vaccines containing the most up-to-date equine influenza vaccine virus strains available should be used.