Track details

There are currently three tracks at the Ballina Racecourse.

The turf track course proper, used on race days, is open to the training of horses subject to certain restrictions and the weather, on average, one day a week.

There is another turf track, the “B” grass which is inside the course proper, and a sand track inside this.

The nature and dimensions of these tracks are given in the following table,

Course Proper “B” Grass Sand Track
Surface Material

Turf, Kikuyu

Turf, Kikuyu

Sand, Metal Dust

Running rail

Aluminium

Aluminium

Aluminium

Circumference (m)

1600

1400

1200

Width (m)

20 (av)

12

12

Length of home straight (m)

350

200

200

Camber on turns

2-4%

1-2%

2%

Track Records

Distance (m)

Horse

Time

Date

1000 Gypsy Baroness 0-56.8 23/01/1993
1250 Maltese Beauty 1-13.2 26/01/1998
1300 Street Data 1-16.3 02/01/1998
1400 Tinys Finito 1-22.7 04/09/1989
1600 Positive Vibes 1-35.7 29/11/1997
1900 Celestial Boa 1-55.1 06/09/1994

Track Ratings

Scale

Ratings

Comments

1 Firm A dry hard track
2 Firm A firm track with a reasonable to good grass coverage, on the fast side of good.
3 Good A track with a good grass coverage and cushion. Ideal track
4 Good A track just with some give in it. Shouldn’t affect any chances although on the worse side of good.
5 Soft A reasonable amount of give in it, on the better side of slow and worse side of dead.
6 Soft Not a badly affected track, but will suit some horses more than others, just worse than dead and into slow range.
7 Soft A more rain-affected track that will chop out, on the better side of heavy.
8 Heavy A soft track that horses will get into but not necessarily too wet, just worse than slow, but just into heavy range.
9 Heavy A softer track getting into the squelchy area. Genuine heavy.
10 Heavy A very soft and wet track. Heaviest category.