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Why are some horses track specialists?

Why do some tracks produce nightmare results for punters?

Why do some tracks favour leaders?

These answers and more can be found in our descriptions of Australia's main horse racing tracks. 

Canterbury is the Sydney Turf Club's second racecourse.

The circumference of the track is 1,579 metres with the straight only 317 metres long.

Because it is a small saucer-shaped course with sharp turns it suits short striding gallopers.

It is best suited to horses that begin fast and can hold a forward position all the way. Barrier one is very important.

Long striding horses or horses that get well back in the field often find it hard to win. This clearly means Canterbury is a specialists' track.

Barrier Guide

1100 metres: This barrier starts on the course proper in the back straight. There is a run of about 400 metres to the sweeping double bend into the home straight. Inside barriers have a significant advantage.

1200 metres:
Similar to the 1100 metres start. There is a run of about 500 metres to the sweeping double bend into the home straight. Inside barriers have a significant advantage.

1280 metres:
Similar to the above. Inside barriers are an advantage.

1550 metres:
This barrier is located in a chute off the course proper. There is only a run of about 100 metres to the first sweeping turn into the back straight. Field sizes are limited. Inside barriers have a very big advantage.

1900 metres:
This barrier is located in a chute at the top of the home straight. There is only a run of about 300 metres to the first sweeping double bend. Inside barriers are a big advantage.

2600 metres: This barrier starts on the course proper in the back straight 50 metres before the 1100 metres start. There is a run of about 350 metres to the sweeping double bend into the home straight. Inside barriers have an advantage.

2800 metres: This barrier starts on the course proper in the back straight at the 1250 metres start. There is a run of about 550 metres to the sweeping double bend into the home straight. Inside barriers have an advantage.

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