Picnic Racecourses

Alexandra Racecourse – Alexandra Raceclub

130 km north east of Melbourne, access via Maroondah or Goulburn Hwys. Racecourse location.
Track climbs quickly from winning post to 1000m mark and then falls steadily to the start of the straight which is flat. Track is fully irrigated and well grassed. Soil type is clay and clay loam. Track is 15m wide to 300m then widens to 25m in straight.
Distance to 1st turn
1000m – about 600m
1300m – about 100m
1540m – about 250m
1950m – about 300m

Balnarring Racecourse – Balnarring Picnic Racing Club

71 km south east of Melbourne, access via the Frankston-Flinders and Coolart Roads. Racecourse location.
After the winning post the track falls gradually to a low point at about the 1000m mark after which it climbs steadily to the turn and into the straight. The track is 15m wide to the 300m mark and then widens to 25m for the straight.
Distance to 1st turn
1000m – about 200m
1200m – about 400m
1600m – about 200m
2000m – about 300m

Buchan Racecourse – Buchan and Gelantipy Race Club

359 km east of Melbourne, access via the Princes Hwy, turn off at Nowa or Orbost. Racecourse location.
Very picturesque track located amongst trees in midst of golf course. Home straight falls consistently to winning post and for 50m beyond. After this it rises quickly to the 1200m mark and then levels out until about the 400m mark. The soil type is variable, but predominantly clay.
Distance to first turn
1000m – about 700m
1200m – about 900m
1600m – about 1300m

Dederang Racecourse – Dederang Picnic Racing Club

320 km north east of Melbourne, access via the Hume Hwy. Racecourse location.
Track rises quickly from winning post to 1400m then falls steadily to 400m from where it rises again to the post. Soil type is clay loam. Track fully irrigated.
Distance to first turn
1350m – about 100m
1650m – about 200m

Drouin Racecourse – Drouin Racing Club

97 km south east of Melbourne, access via the Princes Hw. Racecourse location.
Picturesque setting of racecourse in amongst a well-treed golf course. Track has a steady rise from the turn to the winning post and beyond for a further 200m. Back straight has a gradual down slope and turns are long and sweeping. Soil type is clay based.
Distance to turn
1100m – about 300m
1200m – about 400m
1600m – about 180m
1755m – about 355m

Healesville Racecourse – Healesville Amateur Racing Club

61 km east of Melbourne, access via the Maroondah Hwy. Racecourse location.
Track is level and of moderate width. The two turns are evenly cambered and of reasonable radius. The soil type is clay.
Distance to 1st turn
1000m – about 550m
1200m – about 200m
1650m – about 450m
2350m – about 550m

Mansfield Racecourse – Mansfield and District Racing Club

185 km north east of Melbourne, access via tha Maroondah or Midland Hwys. Racecourse location.
Track is slightly undulating but with no severe slopes. Track is well grassed and quite even. The turns are slightly sloped to assist racing.
Distance to 1st turn
Race of 1100m – about 200m
Race of 1200m – about 300m
Race of 1600m – about 200m
Race of 1750m – about 350m
Race of 2000m – about 200m

Merton Racecourse – Merton Amateur Turf Club

150 km north east of Melbourne, access via Maroondah Hwy. Racecourse location.
Track slightly undualting and well grassed. Soil clay loam, 200m straight.
Distance to 1st turn
1150m – about 300m
1500m – about 200m
1600m – about 300m

Hinnomunjie Racecourse – Omeo and District Racing Club

Racecourse location.
Hinnomunjie off Benambra Rd. Undulating track with full grass cover. Straight has gentle rise and is reasonably wide.
Distance to 1st turn
1000m – about 800m
1200m – about 1000m
1600m – about 1400m

Swifts Creek Racecourse – Tambo Valley Racing Club

383 km east of Melbourne, access via Omeo Hwy. Gently undulating track.  Racecourse location.

Woolamai Racecourse – Woolamai and District Racing Club

135 km south east of Melbourne, access via the Bass Hwy. Racecourse location.
After the winning post the track declines quickly to the 1100m mark and from there it climbs steadily to the finish. The chute is long and features a downhill slope followed by an incline up to the level of the course proper. The soil is clay.
Distance to 1st turn
1000m – about 250m
1500 – about 350m
1700m – about 400m

Yea Racecourse – Yea and St Pats Racing Club

105 km north east of Melbourne, access via the goulburn Valley Hwy. Racecourse location.
From the winning post the track declines quickly to the 1500m and stays at that level until the 800m mark. After this mark it rises rapidly to the 400m and then falls gradually to the 150m whereupon it rises again to the winning post. The course is fully irrigated and well grassed.
Distance to 1st turn
1200m – about 350m
1580m – about 150m
1850m – about 200m
2100m – about 500m