History of Northam Racecourse

The Northham Racecourse is the WA’s number one winter racecourse and was established by the Northham Race Club in 1863.  Located directly in the middle of the stunning Avon Valley, it is a quick hour drive from Perth when headed down the Great Eastern Highway.  The racecourse is located on Yilgarn Avenue, on the edge of the Mortlock River, at the eastern end of town.  Northam offers punters everything they could possibly want.  It’s the only track in WA that offers all three racing components, and is the only town in all of Australia other than Cranbourne to do so.  Racing is what you’re here for, racing is what you’ll get!  Northham Racecourse is one of the largest circuits in the country and offers great racing no matter where the horses start.

The racecourse itself has a circumference of 2017 meters and is 25 meters in width.  It features a lovely kikuyu grass surface, loam base, and an excellent sub soil drainage.  The home stretch is a healthy 425 meters, with a 5% camber on the home turn and 2-3% on the remaining straight.  The Northam Racecourse holds 25 race meetings every year.  The races are generally held on Thursday nights.  This includes such popular events as the Avon Valley Contractors Foundation Day Cup, Matriarch Cup, and Kids Big Day Out.  One of the other more popular events held at the course is Gannons Ladies Day Cup, which draws plenty of attention from racing enthusiasts from around the nation.  The Toodyay Cup just celebrated its 175th anniversary this year and offers a $15,000 prize.  The Northam Cup is another notable race that this track holds annually. 

In addition to the fantastic racecourse, the grounds feature top class facilities.  Patrons can spend the day in the on-course restaurant or at one of the bars. The city of Northam also offers plenty of sights and activities for visitors to enjoy.  Some people tend to overlook this racecourse when doing your betting; don’t over look this wonderful racecourse like many other punters so often do.  It’s a gem in its own right and will not let you.  It offers great odds that locals have been taking advantage of for quite a while now.

Other than this fantastic racecourse, there is plenty of other things for spectators to enjoy.    Spectators can also enjoy the excellent restaurant the course offers or relax in one of the superb bars.  When not enjoying the racing, make a weekend holiday of it and enjoy the many offerings that the city itself has.  To contact the Northam Race Club directly, you can do so by reaching Phil Flegg at PO Box 32, Northam, WA 6401.  You can get ahold of the club by telephone at (08) 9622 7765 and fax at (08) 9622 3288.  They have an infoline set up at (08) 9622 1201.  Gates open at 10:30 am on race days.

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