Ballarat Racecourse is situated on 300 hectares of land 15 kilometres north-west of Ballarat’s CBD. Ballarat Racecourse has been at this site in Dowling Forest since 1972 and is now home to one of the major thoroughbred training centres in Victoria. The Racecourse is operated by the Ballarat Turf Club which was formed in 1854.
Ballarat Racecourse is one of the premier provincial tracks in Victoria, with the track holding more than 32 race days each season. This is the largest amount of meets on any grass track in regional Victoria. The track is also home to many midweek races at different times throughout the year.
Ballarat Racecourse’s main race day is the Ballarat Cup which is run in November each year. The Ballarat Cup is the final main event in the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival. The Ballarat Cup is a listed open handicap that is run over a distance of 2,200 metres and is worth $130,000 in prize money. The race has traditionally been run on a Wednesday, but has been moved to a Sunday from 2011 in order to allow more people to attend the race day, instead of having to work.
Ballarat Racecourse also hosts the popular Christmas Party Race day, Family Fun Race Day and Winter in the Forest Races each year.
Ballarat Racecourse is not only known for its flat racing, but also its steeple and hurdles races. Ballarat Racecourse features both an old and a new track and is able to accommodate an eighteen horse field. The track has a circumference of 1900 metres and a straight that is 450 metres long. Horses run on the track in an anticlockwise direction.