The Ballarat Trots is managed by the Ballarat and District Trotting Club and takes place at the Bray Raceway. This raceway is regarded as the leading country harness racing facility in Victoria.
Harness racing in Australia has a large following and is a well-loved sporting event. There are two types of harness racing in Australia – the pacers and the trotters. Harness racing involves horses pulling a driver and a sulkie (or cart).
The Bray Raceway was originally the Miners race track and the first harness meeting held by the trotting club was in 1861. In 1912, a new trotting club was formed. As the name indicates – Ballarat and District Trotting Club – race meets were held at various towns around the district. In the late 1930s/early 1940s meets were suspended due to the war. In 1952, the track moved to the Ballarat Showgrounds. In 1966, the track was moved back to Miners race track and named the Bray Raceway. In 1997, there was a two million dollar redevelopment of the raceway.
The Ballarat Trots race track has a circumference of 1000 metres and a home straight of 248 metres. The surface of the track is granite sand. Races take place over: 1609 metres, 1710 metres, 2200 metres, 2710 metres and 3200 metres.
Race meets take place all year round. The highlights of the Ballarat Trots are: the Colin & Heather Holloway three year old Classic in November; the Ballarat Pacing cup in January; the John Slack Memorial Trotters Cup in June; and, the A.J. Predergast Memorial Oaks Trial in July.
The Colin & Heather Holloway Classic is named after a former secretary and CEO of the club and his wife. It is a three year old event, with $14000 in prize money. It takes place over 2200 metres.
The biggest highlight of the Ballarat Trots is that of the Ballarat Pacing Cup. A Group 1 event, the Cup is run over 2710 metres. The Slack Memorial Trotters’ Cup is run over a distance of 2710 metres and the A J Prendergast Memorial Oaks Trial is run over a distance of 2200 metres and is for three year old fillies.
The Ballarat Trots is a quality country race meet. All year round racing action provides the punter with endless selections. Don’t think, either, that you have to be at the track or visit a betting agency to enjoy the race meet and betting action. You can place all your bets on the Ballarat Trots online. You can’t get much more straightforward and convenient than betting online. Avoid the traffic, the crowds and the chaos – place all your bets online.