The Devonport Racecourse was once called the Spreyton Racecourse. It is located in the beautiful town of Devonport Tasmania on Racecourse Road. The racecourse track circumference is 1500m with a 350m home straight. Usually the track caters to races with distance of 990m, 1175m up to 2400m. It has two starting chutes and races held here are all run in a counter-clockwise direction. Because of the sweeping turns the course gives a big advantage to those horses that tend to run on.
The race track is under the management of the Devonport Racing Club. As a member of the club, one will get to enjoy all the perks and facilities that the track has to offer plus they do get to experience the action of thoroughbred racing for the year.
The Devonport Cup is by far the most prestigious event that the track conducts every January. Before it was held on a Saturday, however depending on where New Years Day falss it often switches to the second Wednesday of the month. It is also a half day gazetted holiday to make sure that it stays as a major racing and cultural event. With a $100,000 first prize, it is sought after by many trainers and jockeys. The Devonport Cup also provides a path to the Launceston and Hobart Cups with a distance of 1800m.
In 2002 the Devonport Racing Club celebrated its centennial year. Thus it is the oldest sporting body in the city of Devonport. With its long history of racing, the track has witnessed countless races with great horses and jockeys.
In 2009 the committee agreed on a $12 million budget to upgrade the track from turf to an all weather synthetic surface. The track reconstruction was finished on march 2011. This means that with the new synthetic track, racing and training at Devonport Race course can be undertaken 7 days a week, 365 days a year whatever the weather may be at Tasmania.