The Albion Park Race Track is considered as the fastest course in the Southern Hemisphere, which is why it is also dubbed as “The Speed Pacing Capital of Australia.” The said racecourse is just 3 kilometers away from Brisbane's city center. It is situated at Yulestar Street, Breakfast Creek in Queensland.
The Albion Park Racecourse is a harness racing venue that conducts meetings usually on Saturday nights, Monday afternoons and Tuesday afternoons. Its usual season accounts up to 52 weeks each year. Some of the special events held in the Race Track are the Queensland Pacing Championship, the Kevin Seymour Nursery Pace, Kay Seymour Nursery Pace Winter Cup and Sunshine Sprint.
The Racecourse was built in the late 1800s, almost the same time when Breakfast Creek Hotel opened in 1890. It operated as a gallop-racing venue until year 1981. To date, its operations are managed by the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club with Queensland Harness Racing Board and Greyhound Racing Authority as tenants residing at the racecourse as well. Soldiers did not occupy Albion Park during World War II unlike other racetracks in Doomben and Eagle Farm. Instead, it was used as a place for rest and recreation for the soldiers.
The Albion Park Race Track has a total circumference measurement of 1019 meters and a 197-meter straight measurement. The track has a loam surface and follows the anti-clockwise direction. It has a maximum of 14 starters in a standing start race. When it comes to on track facilities, the Albion Park boasts a fully air-conditioned grandstand and full-totalisator facilities linked to UNiTAB Queensland.
Aside from harness racing, other races are held here as well. Greyhound races are held in Albion Park almost everyday of the week. The meetings are categorized according to different race lengths. Every Monday nights, 395-meter races are held, 520-meters on Tuesday nights, 600-meter races on Wednesday afternoons and 710-meter races on Thursday nights.
Harness Racing Tip
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