Eagle Farm Racecourse

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Scene at Eagle Farm racecourse, 1900
Grandstand at Eagle Farm Racecourse c. 1914

Eagle Farm Racecourse is a heritage-listed horse racing venue in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is located at one end of Racecourse Road in the suburb of Ascot, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from the Brisbane central business district.

The turf track is 28 metres wide, with a circumference of 2,027 metres and a home straight of 434 metres. Races are run in a clockwise direction.

Doomben Racecourse is located nearby in the same suburb.

History[edit]

The Eagle Farm Racecourse was established in 1863 and it is now the premier racecourse in Brisbane.[1]

In 1889–1890, the architecture partnership Hunter and Corrie and architect John H. Buckeridge jointly designed the grandstands, known as the Paddock Stands. They also designed stables and sheds.[2]

In 1941 the racecourse was taken over by the military authorities to house thousands of American troops during the Pacific War. It was then known as U.S. Camp Ascot. [3]

U.S. Camp Ascot Plaque at Eagle Farm Racecource

Heritage listing[edit]

The racecourse and the adjoining Ascot railway station were jointly listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 2004.[4]

Transport[edit]

Ascot railway station has direct access to the racecourse and is located on the Doomben railway line. The racecourse can also be accessed by bus and, from Bretts Wharf, by CityCat.

Races[edit]

The following is a list of Group races which are run at Eagle Farm Racecourse:

Grp Race Name Age Sex Weight Distance Date
1 Queensland Derby 3YO Open sw 2400 June
1 Queensland Oaks 3YO Fillies sw 2400 June
1 Stradbroke Handicap Open Open hcp 1400 June
1 The T J Smith 2YO Open hcp 1600 June
1 Winter Stakes Open Open wfa 1400 June
2 Brisbane Cup Open Open hcp 2400 June
2 P J O'Shea Stakes Open Open wfa 2400 June
2 QTC Cup Open Open hcp 1300 June
2 QTC Sires Produce Stakes 2YO Open sw 1400 June
2 Queensland Guineas 3YO Open sw 1600 June
2 Sir Byrne Hart Stakes Open Open wfa 1200 May
3 Dane Ripper Quality Open F&M qlty 1400 June
3 Grand Prix Stakes 3YO Open hcp 2100 June
3 Tattersall's Cup Open Open hcp 2200 June
3 W J Healy Stakes Open Open hcp 1200 June
3 Turf Monthly Queen's Cup Open Open hcp 3200 July

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ascot's History". Brisbane City. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Eagle Farm Racecourse and Ascot Railway Station (entry 17016)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Camp Ascot Brisbane, Qld during WW2". www.ozatwar.com. 18 October 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Eagle Farm Racecourse and Ascot Railway Station (entry 17016)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Eagle Farm Racecourse at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 27°25′40″S 153°04′02″E / 27.427738°S 153.06736°E / -27.427738; 153.06736