The conduct of thoroughbred racing in NSW is overseen by Racing NSW which is an autonomous body established under the Thoroughbred Racing Act 1996. Its commercial and regulatory functions include:
- the control,supervision and regulation of horse racing in the State, including the control of all stewarding aspects,
- the distribution of TAB funding to thoroughbred racing clubs, and
- the licensing of participants and bookmakers
A review of Thoroughbred Racing legislation was conducted during 2013/14 and the report on the review is available here.
The Racing NSW Board consists of seven independent members, appointed by the Minister, selected on merit in accordance with skills based criteria. The appointed members elect a Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson from amongst themselves.
Thoroughbred race meetings are conducted by non-proprietary race clubs at 123 licensed racecourses around NSW. There were 761 licensed race meetings during 2012/13. All thoroughbred racing in this State is conducted on the flat, ie there are no steeplechase or hurdle events.
Metropolitan race meetings are conducted by the Australian Turf Club at the Randwick, Rosehill, Warwick Farm and Canterbury Park racecourses. Metropolitan race meetings are generally conducted on Saturdays and public holidays, most Wednesdays and occasionally on other days of the week.
Further information on thoroughbred racing in NSW can be accessed from the official website www.racingnsw.com.au. The Racing NSW Board can be contacted on 02 9551 7500 (telephone) or 02 9551 7501 (facsimile) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.