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The 2015 Ballarat Cup is run in November each year in the country town of Ballarat, Victoria. A listed race worth $300,000 in prize money, the Ballarat Cup is run over a distance of 2,200 metres. The race, which takes place at Dowling Forest Racecourse, is run under open handicap conditions.
The 2015 Ballarat Cup is due to run on Saturday, November 21, 2015.
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Whilst the Ballarat Cup was traditionally held on a Wednesday, the race has been moved to a Sunday from 2011 in order to allow more working people to attend the cup. Horses that run in the Ballarat Cup have often come via races such as the Listed Bendigo Cup or the 2,000 metre Kyneton Cup earlier in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The Ballarat Cup is the last feature race to take place during the spring carnival in Victoria. As a result, it tends to be rather well attended by both locals and travellers from Melbourne. Over the many decades it has run the Ballarat Cup has acquired a reputation as a quality event. Ballarat Cup Day is renowned for its great atmosphere and emphasis on exciting racing.
The Ballarat Cup provides punters with a great opportunity to place their final spring bets. Bets such as win, place, quinellas, exactas, trifectas and first fours can be placed on the race each year. When placing Ballarat Cup bets, it is often helpful to study the form in previous race starts such as the Bendigo Cup and Kyneton Cup in order to get a good gauge as to how each horse may perform.
Ballarat Turf Club
Established in 1854, the Ballarat Turf Club is one of the oldest racing organisations in Australia. The Ballarat Turf Club is based at the Dowling Forest Racecourse, a touch over 100km west of Melbourne. For Ballarat Turf Club, the biggest day of the year is Ballarat Cup Day. Around 17,000 people attend the Ballarat Cup Day, making it one of the most well-attended country meets in Victoria.
Besides Ballarat Cup Day, the Ballarat Turf Club hosts a number of major race days throughout the year. Most are held mid-week, and they include Gold Nugget Day, Family Fun Race Day, Ladies Day and Mother’s Day Races. Overall, Ballarat Turf Club hosts around 30 meetings per racing season. This is considerably above the average for any other regional turf track, which is a testament to the resilience of the surface.
Dowling Forest Racecourse
Ballarat Racecourse, officially known as Dowling Forest Racecourse, is a well-maintained country track. Host to the Ballarat Cup, Dowling Forest Racecourse has been the home of the Ballarat Turf Club since 1972. The racecourse features a 450m straight and takes a maximum capacity field of 18 runners.
Dowling Forest Racecourse hosts both flat racing and steeple racing. Situated on 300 hectares about 15 kilometres from the Ballarat CBD, the racecourse is an easy drive for patrons.
There are a large number of facilities for patrons, including some very modern grandstand and dining arrangements. Dowling Forest hosts up to 300 horses in its training facilities, and on any given morning you can see a large number of these at the tracks.