Canberra Racecourse is one of Australia’s most modern racing tracks in Australia and features two race tracks, the turf course proper Thoroughbred Park and the all-weather Acton Track.
Redeveloped in 2004 to incorporate a new all-weather track known as the Acton Track, the new Canberra Racecourse was first used for the Canberra Cup race meeting in October, 2005.
The Acton Track staged its first full meeting on Friday May 12, 2006, and cost a total of $2.25 million to build. The Thoroughbred Park Track is still a traditional turf track, while the new Acton Track is an all-weather synthetic track.
Canberra Racecourse is located just five minutes from the Canberra CBD and is operated by the Canberra Racing Club. The Thoroughbred Park Racecourse has a track circumference of 1,815 metres, while the Acton Track has a total circumference of 1,597. Both tracks race in a clockwise direction.
Canberra Racecourse hosts two major race days each year. These include the Black Opal Stakes meeting and Canberra Cup Day. The Black Opal Stakes began back in 1973 and is worth $250,000. The Canberra Cup is worth $200,000 and is raced each year on a Sunday in November.
Canberra Racecourse offers state of the art facilities, with multiple grandstands and bars, function facilities and breathtaking views.