Ballarat Racecourse sits on 300 hectares of land 15 kilometres from Ballarat's CBD. Since 1972, the Ballarat Racecourse has existed in the Dowling Forest. The track has grown into one of the most popular thoroughbred training sites in Victoria. The Ballarat Turf Club that was formed in 1884 operates the racecourse.
The Ballarat racing track is popular for flat, steeple and hurdle racing. The Racecourse has a circumference of 1,900 metres and a home straight that is 450 metres long. Races on the track go in an anti-clockwise direction. The Ballarat Racecourse boasts both an old and new track, hence capacity to take an 18 horse field.
The Ballarat Racecourse is a beehive of racing activities, holding more than 32 race days each season. A premier provincial track in Victoria, the Ballarat Racecourse boasts the largest number of race meets on any grass track across Victoria. At the same time, the track hosts several midweek racing events at different times throughout the year.
The Ballarat Cup Day is the main feature event at the Ballarat Racecourse. The cup is the final event to take place during the Victorian Spring Carnival in November. Running over a distance of 2,200 metres and valued at $130,000 in prize money, the Ballarat Cup is a listed open handicap. Originally, the Ballarat Cup took place on Wednesdays, but was moved to Sunday to make it possible for the working class to afford time for the event.
Other annual race meets that the Ballarat Racecourse hosts include the Christmas Party Race Day, Family Fun Race Day and Winter in the Forest.