Ascot Racecourse is located in Western Australia, just eight kilometres east of Perth’s CBD. Ascot Racecourse is now operated by Perth Racing, which was formally known as the Western Australian Turf Club. Perth Racing has played host to thoroughbred racing for nearly 150 years on both the Ascot Racecourse and their other Belmont track. Western Australia’s premier track, Ascot Racecourse hosts the state’s Autumn Racing Carnival in March and April as well as the Summer Racing Carnival in November and December.
Ascot Racecourse features a track that has a circumference of 2,022 metres and a testing inclining straight that is 294 metres long. This straight makes Ascot Racecourse one of the toughest stayers tracks in the world. The Perth Cup (2,600m), which is run on New Years Day each year, is the hardest stayers race in Australia due to Ascot’s gruelling straight.
Other great races that are held at Ascot Racecourse each year include the Group 1 Railway Stakes, Kingston Town Classic and WATC Derby and the Group 2 Winterbottom Stakes, WA Guineas and CB Cox Stakes.
Not only is Ascot Racecourse home to premier racing, but the track also includes nine dining and bar facilities. Furthermore, Ascot Racecourse has two tiered restaurants, the Flying Colours, which is only open to members, and the Terrace, which is open to all members of the public.
Ascot Racecourse is known as the ‘grand old lady’ of Australian racecourses, however has a very modern track with innovative well-drained turf.