Visit the city’s iconic landmarks such as the Story Bridge, discover a cultural venue such as the Powerhouse or learn about the local wildlife by visiting a koala reserve. There’s no shortage of things to do in Brisbane. Why not try something different by visiting one of Brisbane’s racetracks and discover the exciting world of horse racing?
A little history of horse racing in Australia
Horse racing is a very popular sport and began shortly after European settlement. The sport ranks third in terms of spectators, behind football and rugby. Did you know that Australia has the most racetracks at 360? And is second only to the United States in the number of horses starting each year?
Finally, the country ranks third behind the US and Japan in the amount of prize money awarded each year. Horse racing is also an industry, providing full or part-time employment to nearly 250,000 people. About 300,000 people have a vested interest as individual owners or members of syndicates owning the 30,000 horses in training in Australia. There are bookmakers, over 3,600 registered trainers and over 1,000 jockeys.
In Brisbane, the races are organized by the Brisbane Racing Club. It was founded on 1 July 2009 by a merger of the Queensland Turf Club and the Brisbane Turf Club. You can go to either the Eagle Farm or Doomben racetrack. The racing season is in full swing in May and June with the Brisbane Racing Carnival taking place on five consecutive Saturdays but there are other events at the racecourse, for example, the Jazz under the Stars concert.
Living the horse race
Even if you know nothing about horses and racing, your outing to the racetrack will be an unforgettable experience. How can you not be impressed by these noble, sculptural animals that fly through the air at more than 60 km per hour? You will feel the adrenaline of the race, you will be united with the other spectators, united with every gallop of the horses. Your visit to the racetrack can remain a simple spectacle or you can choose to experience the race more intensely by betting. You don’t have to bet a large sum, but it will add a personal stake to the race. Choosing your favourite horse and understanding the odds is not that complicated but you may need some advice, discover the best free horse racing tips today. Turf racing has a very large betting community, with approximately $15 billion being wagered on races across the country each year.
After the Race
Your outing is not just about the race, if you’ve taken the time to watch the presentation and the horses’ shedding before the race, take the time to wander around the racetrack after the race to soak up the atmosphere: Eagle Farm is a historic place, established in 1863. Enjoy a drink or snack, especially if it’s hot, both racetracks have many bars and restaurants. You can also take your picnic and eat it on the lawn.
In Doomben, you can also visit a small museum, the Stanley Collection. Just a few minutes walk from the racetracks is the Thoroughbred Racing Museum and Archives, perfect for extending your theme day and learning more about this fast horse breed.
The racetrack also means fashion. Don’t miss the elegant ladies who come to watch the races in beautiful designer dresses and extravagant hats.