Pinjarra Racecourse is one of Western Australia’s most historical horse racing facilities. Located in the southwest of Perth in the Peel Region, the racecourse is home to the Pinjarra Race Club, which has been operating since 1891.
The racecourse is regarded for its beautiful location and is now known for featuring one of the most popular races in Australia, Magic Millions, along with the Pinjarra Cup and Pinjarra Classic. Here is a brief insight into the history, physical attributes, and facilities of Pinjarra Racecourse.
Pinjarra Racecourse History
Pinjarra Racecourse, like the town, has a rich history and is regarded as one of the most historic racing facilities in the Western Australian Region. Pinjarra Race Club began its operations in 1891 and since then has been conducting thoroughbred racing at Pinjarra Park.
The Pinjarra Classic, which put the racecourse at the forefront of the horse racing industry in Western Australia, was first held in 1998. Nine gallopers ran the first edition.
Pinjarra Racecourse was renovated in 2007. The project included widening the track while turns were arched slightly to enhance safety. A large drainage grid was also constructed, having an advanced irrigation system.
Today, Pinjarra Racecourse is one of the most striking country racecourses and conducts 32 race meetings annually. Recently, another race that has put the racecourse in the limelight is the Magic Millions, held for two-year-olds and three-year-olds separately. However, more on that later! Let’s learn more about the track details and facilities of Pinjarra Racecourse.
Pinjarra Racecourse Facilities
Located on Racecourse Road, Pinjarra, in Peel Region, with the Darling Range Scarp in the background, this beautiful country racecourse has always charmed visitors with its relaxed, laid-back countryside ambiance.
The facility is located 86 km from Perth, and it takes around an hour from Perth to get there. In addition to being a horse racing facility, it is also one of the major provincial training centres in Western Australia.
The circumference of the original track knowns as the Pinjarra Park at the Pinjarra Course is 1837 metres. The home straight is 336 metres, while the width of the track is 24 metres and has sweeping turns. A unique feature of this race track is the straight 1000 metres grass chute that connects to the course at 400 metres. This is the only 1000 metres straight chute in all of Western Australia.
This 1000-metre chute is the starting point for sprint races over 900 and 1000 metres and long-distance races ranging from 2300 metres to 2800 metres. Another starting chute connects to the back straight at 1300 metres and is the starting point for races with a distance of over 1400, 1500, and 1600 metres.
Pinjarra Racecourse recently added another longer course at the park called the Pinjarra Scarpside. The track made use of the newly built second home turn. The circumference of the new course is 2039 metres with an overall width of 24 metres. The home straight is 456 metres long, which is the longest home straight in Western Australia and one of the longest in the country. The new course offers an 1800 metres starting position at the racecourse, which is a first. It provides a straight run of around 800 metres from the edge of the back straight leading into the first turn.
Pinjarra Racecourse offers a variety of facilities, including a grandstand, an upscale bar, a members’ lounge and area, a ledger and bookies bar, and twenty tote terminals. The racecourse also offers entertainment through themed race days and race day contests, draws, promotions, special events, and live music on various occasions.
Racing at Pinjarra Racecourse
Pinjarra Racecourse features 24 race meetings in a year and is also a major training centre in the region. One of the most significant races is the Pinjarra Cup. The race is held in late March or early April. It is a listed race that runs over a distance of 2300 metres and has prize money of $150,000.
Another prominent race is the Pinjarra Classic. The listed race is held in February annually and is reserved for runners aged three years and above. It has a distance of 1300 metres and has a prize money of $150,000.
In 2016, Pinjarra Racecourse hosted the Magic Millions West Australia 2YO Classic for the first time. It is a listed race reserved for two-year-old runners with set weight conditions. It runs over a distance of 1200 metres and has prize money of $250,000.
The Magic Millions 2 YO Classic race is held in February, a week after the Magic Millions West Australia 3YO Classic. As the name suggests, the race is reserved for three-year-old horses. It has a distance of 1200m and offers prize money of $150,000.