Belmont Park Racecourse

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Belmont Park Racecourse
Belmont Racecourse, Perth.jpg
Belmont Race course (taken from across the Swan River)
Location Burswood, Western Australia
Coordinates 31°33′49″S 115°31′58″E / 31.5637°S 115.5328°E / -31.5637; 115.5328Coordinates: 31°33′49″S 115°31′58″E / 31.5637°S 115.5328°E / -31.5637; 115.5328
Owned by Perth Racing
Screened on Seven Network
Course type Flat
Notable races Roma Cup
Belmont Sprint
Hyperion Stakes
Strickland Stakes
Official website

Belmont Park Racecourse is one of the two major horse racing venues within the Perth, Western Australia metropolitan area, the other being Ascot Racecourse. The track has a circumference of 1,699 metres with a 333 metre straight. Belmont is Perth's winter racecourse, with fully enclosed facilities for spectators.[1]

On 24 December 1910 Belmont Park held its first harness race meeting, conducted by the Western Australian Trotting Association (WATA). The WATA continued to conduct race meetings on a fortnightly basis, using both Belmont Park and the Claremont Showgrounds as venues, until the harness racing commenced on the WACA Ground track, on 28 June 1913.

January 1911 saw the first aeroplane flight in Western Australia conducted from the Belmont Park Racecourse.[2] The Racecourse served as Perth's first regular landing area until a more suitable site was found at Langley Park in 1919.

Races[edit]

The following is a list of Group races which are run at Belmont Park Racecourse.

Grp Race Name Age Sex Weight Distance Date
3 Roma Cup Open Open wfa 1200 May/June
3 Belmont Sprint 3yo+ Open hcp 1400 June
3 Hyperion Stakes 3yo+ Open wfa 1600 June
3 Strickland Stakes 3yo+ Open wfa 2000 June

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belmont Park Racecourse". Perth Racing. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Conquering the Air". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 7 January 1911. p. 5. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Cusack, S. F.(1936) Horse racing in Western Australia, 1833-1900. Journal and proceedings (Western Australian Historical Society) Vol. 2, pt. 19 (1936), p. 47-58
  • W.A. Turf Club centenary, 1852-1952. [Perth, W.A] : Periodicals Division, West Australian Newspapers.
  • Tomlinson, Jenny.(1990) Born winners, born losers : a history of thoroughbred breeding and racing in Western Australia since 1833 Perth, W.A : Reeve Books. ISBN 0-86445-085-0