Belmont Park Racecourse is one of two premier racecourses located in the Western Australian Capital of Perth. Belmont Racecourse stands in an idyllic setting just outside the Perth CBD surrounded by the sweeping Swan River.
Belmont Racecourse along with Ascot Racecourse are the two stand out tracks in WA and host racing all year round including a number of Group and Listed Grade Races. Belmont plays host particularly to metro race meetings on Wednesdays and Saturdays and boast excellent facilities for patrons.
Location: Belmont Park Racecourse, Perth, Western Australia
Main Track Circumference: 1,699 metres
Length of home straight: 333 metres
Races: 900m - 2800m
Overview of Belmont Park Racecourse
Not to be confused with Belmont Race Track in New York, USA, Belmont Park Racecourse has been in operation since the early 1900s where the course played host to a number of events and sports not just horse racing.
Racing today at Belmont Racecourse is a far different experience with a pristine turf track dedicated to Horse Racing all year round with excellent facilities for winter racing including enclosed seating and entertainment.
With the Belmont track located on the entrance to the CBD the racecourse is also surrounded but the brand new Optus Stadium which hosts AFL and Cricket through the year as well as Crown Perth Casino resort which offers additional hospitality to those attending an event at Belmont of Optus.
Along with Ascot Racecourse Belmont Park Racecourse is owned and operated by the Perth Racing Club. The Perth Racing Club is situated with its head office at Ascot but runs events and race meets at Belmont Park across the year.
With scheduling heavier for the Belmont Racecourse during the winter months the course holds 4 key race meets which feature Group 3 racing. These include the Roma Cup, Belmont Sprint, Hyperion Stakes and Strickland Stakes which all draw significant audiences each year.
Belmont Park Racecourse Details
The Belmont race track is relatively small when you compare it to other major racecourse in Australia however the 1,600m circumference is more than enough to provide runners and riders with long sweeping bends on which to have every chance of winning.
Probably one of the most picturesque tracks in Australia the Belmont Racecourse is surrounded by the Swan River which sits in between the course and a backdrop of the Western Australian capital, Perth
Given its location Belmont races result in punters being able to watch high quality racing whilst also gaining great views from a perfect riverfront location.
One of the main draws for punters through the year are the fully enclosed facilities which make Belmont Racecourse the perfect location for winter racing meets. Especially through the months of May and June Belmont comes to the forefront of Western Australian racing and allows trainers, jockeys and runners a chance to compete all year round.
When Belmont Races do come to the fore they are slightly different from the offering of Ascot Racecourse with racing distances as short as 900m and capped at 2800m. Given the size of the track this does mean that the 3200m distance races are always run from Ascot as a feature.
History Of Belmont Park Racecourse
Belmont Park Racecourse today stands as a proud race track that holds thoroughbred racing events across large parts of the year however the roots of Belmont lay in Harness Racing.
Racing at Belmont race track started in 1910 on Christmas Eve when the first recorded meet was harness racing held by the Western Australian Trotting Association.
Harness Racing was popular during the period in the region and events were held fortnightly at Belmont Park and Clarence Showgrounds before racing was moved to the Western Australian Cricket Ground in 1914. In the same year the WATA hosted the worlds first Harness Race Meet under electric lights.
As well as a home for Harness Racing Belmont Park also served as an airfield between 1911 and 1919. It was actually in January 1911 when the first flight from Western Australia was made using the Belmont track as a take off and landing strip.
Nowadays Belmont Park Races are all about thoroughbreds and under the ownership of the Perth Racing Club run have a strong standing as one of the two top tracks located in WA.
The Perth Racing Club started out in the late 19th century then under the umbrella of the Western Australian Turf Club which had control of the Ascot Racecourse. Over time the Belmont Racecourse was brought under that umbrella.
Belmont races today are a feature of the Western Australian winter with runners competing for 4 Group 3 titles handed out in May and June. Three of these including the Roma Cup, Belmont Sprint and Hyperion Stakes were all conceived in the 1960’s and 70’s where as the fourth the Strickland Stakes was introduced in 2005.
Racing At Belmont Park Racecourse
Belmont Racecourse comes into its own in the winter months and as mentioned plays host to 4 Group 3 races that allow spectators to view high quality black type racing without having to travel to the Adelaide of Queensland Winter racing Carnivals.
The main feature races are generally considered the Belmont Sprint Classic and The Roma Cup.
The Roma Cup is a Perth Racing Group 3 graded race that is held under weight for age conditions over 1,200m. The race, which is run in May of each year holds a potential prize pool of $160,00.
Conceived in 1966 the Roma Cup was introduced at Belmont as a Principal race before being upgraded in 1980 to Group 3 grade. The race has also been run over varying distances over the years having previously been run over 1600m and 1400m.
The other major race of interest is the Belmont Sprint which was first run at Belmont Racecourse in 1963 over a distance of 6 furlongs.
Today the Belmont Sprint is now run over 1400m as a Group 3 winter racing feature with weight for age conditions. Total prize money for the race is the same as the Roma Cup with a prize pool of $160,000 available for entrants.
Also similar to the Roma Cup the race has seen its fair amount of changes over the years with the race increasing in distance from 1977 when it was a 1200m race to a 1400m race in 1982. In 2005 the race was also changed from a Quality Handicap to a Weight For Age contest.
Other Group 3 features include the Hyperion Stakes and the Strickland Stakes which are both held in June and under Weight For Age conditions.
The Hyperion Stakes was introduced to the WA racing calendar in 1972 as a 1000m contest at Ascot Racecourse. Since 2005 however the Hyperion has found home at Belmont Racecourse and settled with a longer distance of 1600m
The Strickland Stakes is also another adopted race for the Belmont race track having originally started in 1901 at Ascot Racecourse. The race moved full time over to Belmont Park Racetrack in 2011 and has been run there ever since.
In 2020 Grant and Alana Williams trained runner Perfect Jewel owned by Bob Peters won both the Belmont Sprint and the Hyperion Stakes
A Day Out At Belmont Park Racecourse
The location of Belmont Racecourse makes it a great day out despite not currently featuring a Group 1 or Group 2 race day.
Nestled on the gateway to the Perth CBD the course provides easy access to patrons as well as having the added benefits of the Crown Casino Resort and Optus Stadium right on the doorstep.
The views from the course are magnificent with a backdrop of the city as well as the Swan River for those looking for racing with a few. Its especially helpful on those warm winters days where the breeze of the river helps to cool the course.
With the added addition of a fully enclosed spectator area Belmont is a perfect venue for winter racing as well as events all year round.
Transport to Belmont Park
Attending By Train: Thornlie Line services will stop at Belmont Park Station during the following times: Wednesday Race Days: Between 8.10am and 6.35pm. Saturday Race Days: Between 8.10am and 6.35pm.
Attending by Bus: Perth Transit Bus 698 leaves regularly from the city centre and takes you directly to the Belmont Racecourse while a shuttle bus service operates from Bayswater train station to Belmont Park between 10am and 1pm and a returning service runs between 4pm and 6pm.
Attending By Taxi: The taxi rank is located outside the Matheson Road Gate. On carnival days taxis can drop off at Leger Car park as well.
Driving To The Track: Public car parking is available off Matheson Road for patrons arriving off Great Eastern Highway. Car parking is also available at Belmont Park Racecourse on Melbourne Cup, Super Saturday and Perth Cup with the shuttle bus transferring patrons from Belmont to Ascot and return.
Betting At Belmont Racecourse
As with every racecourse around the world Belmont offers the experience to get in amongst it and place a bet in the betting ring. Here there are a number of bookies willing to take cash bets on win or place outcomes as well as more exotic bet types such as a Quinella or Trifecta.
Around the course there are always WA TAB machines or betting desks that can also provide betting assistance as well as offering punters the chance to bet on the tote in WA. Its worth noting that the WA TAB is completely separate from the one that operates on the East coast.
Alternatively its always worth looking for online bookies to make your race day experience that little bit more interesting. Downloading an app or betting directly on site can provide you with extra benefits like form guides and tips on who to bet on in real time.
Corporate Facilities At Belmont Racecourse
Belmont racecourse like many others is set up with excellent hospitality facilities that can cater for family fun days through to large scale private functions.
For those looking to attend a race day there are numerous catering options that can be booked or picked up on course. Venues include The Colours and Silks Cafe, The Swan River Room, Niko’s Seafood Venue and the Terrace Buffet Restaurant which overlooks the entire racetrack.
If you’re looking for a bigger buzz or to host a large scale function on course The Starting Gates Room caters for up to 400 people and can offer dining options as well as provide dinner entertainment and speakers.
Also on course are a number of private boxes that can accommodate between 12 and 50 people on course. These are perfect for a more refined race day experience.
Recommended Dress Code For Members Enclosures
Perth Racing recommends high standards of dress when attending the races and requests that all attendees arrive in smart casual dress wear. For those attending in the member enclosures the below dress code is recommended.
Hats and fedoras, fascinators, headpieces including headbands, turbans and headscarves
Elegant racewear including dresses, pantsuits, jumpsuits and culottes
Wedges, heels or flats - comfortable for a day on the grass or indoors
Smart casual and tailored denim is also permitted in general admission areas
Suits - tie optional
Jackets and trousers or tailored shorts to the knee
Smart casual and tailored denim is also permitted
Belmont Racecourse Barrier Guide
1000 metres: Starts in the back straight before hitting the home turn.
1200 metres: Similar to the 1000 metre start except runners now have a 400 metre run before the home turn. Inside barriers have a slight advantage.
1400 metres: The Start for the 1400m is on the corner leading into the back straight barriers are important for position here.
1650 metres: Starting just past the finishing line it gives runners 150m before hitting the back straight.
2200 metres: This start is located in the back section of the course and gives runners a straight run for 400 metres. Inside barriers have an advantage.
2400 metres: Located in a small chute off the course proper on the side of the track. With this start field sizes are usually limited. Inside barriers have an advantage.
Contact Details For Belmont Racecourse
Race Day Administration Office
Ph. 9470 8222
70 Grandstand Road
PO Box 222,
Ph. (08) 9277 0777
Fax (08) 9277 0740
Belmont Racecourse Conclusion
Although it doesn’t hold the biggest race days Belmont Park is unique in its own right with its eye catching views as well as excellent facilities for winter racing.
If you’re in Perth we recommend a trip to the track and perhaps a jaunt into the casino afterwards with your winnings.