Types of Tracks

Racetracks surfaces play a huge part in the success of a horse race as each surface type can affect the pace and effort required of many horses. Many horses will develop a record of performance which reflects their preference for specific track conditions. Whether it is turf, sand, dirt or the new synthetic range of track types, each horse suited to a different type and a certain classification within that track surface category.

The most recent track surface innovation is Polytrack which consists of sand, synthetic fibres and recycled rubber coated in a microcrystalline wax. Although it is relatively new, this surface is already being used in Australia due to its increased suitability and safety.

Surface Types

Grass/Turf

Category Description
Firm Turf is dry firm surface running fast
Good Slightly firm with slight moisture
Soft Turf contains some moisture
Yielding Deep wet turf runs slow
Heavy Very wet deep turn which is the slowest run

Sand and Dirt

Category Description
Fast Packed tight for premium conditions, this is when track records are broken
Wet-Fast Running fast but hard surface has thin layer of water
Good Dirt is drying out and slowing track down
Muddy Surface is muddy due to rain and wet conditions
Sloppy Very wet track, water has pooled up on the track
Frozen Very hard surface wet track has frozen
Slow Dirt is deep and drying out
Heavy Dirt is very deep and dry producing very slow times

Australian Track Ratings

Category Scale Description
FAST 1 A dry hard track
GOOD 2 A firm track
GOOD 3 Ideal track with some give
DEAD 4 Track with give, better side of Dead
DEAD 5 Significant give, worse side of Dead
SLOW 6 Mildly rain affected track
SLOW 7 Significantly rain affected
HEAVY 8 Soft track
HEAVY 9 Very soft track, genuine heavy
HEAVY 10 Very wet and soft

Spring Racing

Kementari in great order to ta...

Kementari added to 2018 Winx S...

Kementari added to 2018 Winx Stakes nominations

Randwick Guineas winner Kementari has been added to the nomination’s list for...

McEvoy to ride Unforgotten in ...

McEvoy to ride Unforgotten in her return against Winx in 2018 Winx Stakes

Headline jockey Kerrin McEvoy will ride Australian Oaks winner Unforgotten...

Weir has 7 horses included in ...

Weir has 7 horses included in 2018 P.B. Lawrence Stakes nominations

Premiership winning trainer Darren Weir has seven horses included in the...

Winx plus 5 stablemates includ...

Winx plus 5 stablemates included in 2018 Winx Stakes nominations

Australia’s number one race horse Winx plus five of her stablemates are among...

Horse Racing Today

Kementari in great order to ta...

Kementari added to 2018 Winx S...

Kementari added to 2018 Winx Stakes nominations

Randwick Guineas winner Kementari has been added to the nomination’s list for...

McEvoy to ride Unforgotten in ...

McEvoy to ride Unforgotten in her return against Winx in 2018 Winx Stakes

Headline jockey Kerrin McEvoy will ride Australian Oaks winner Unforgotten...

Weir has 7 horses included in ...

Weir has 7 horses included in 2018 P.B. Lawrence Stakes nominations

Premiership winning trainer Darren Weir has seven horses included in the...

Winx plus 5 stablemates includ...

Winx plus 5 stablemates included in 2018 Winx Stakes nominations

Australia’s number one race horse Winx plus five of her stablemates are among...

Race Results

The Queen’s Cup Trophy next for 2018 Caloundra Cup winner Megablast

2018 Tattersall’s Club Tiara winner Prompt Response in line for Everest slot

Santa Ana Lane is the 2018 Stradbroke Handicap winner

Wet track gave The Monstar the edge in winning 2018 Moreton Cup

Egg Tart wins P.J. O’Shea Stakes: Caulfield Cup 2018 Spring Target

Race Previews

Kementari in great order to take on Winx in 2018 Winx Stakes

Kementari added to 2018 Winx Stakes nominations

McEvoy to ride Unforgotten in her return against Winx in 2018 Winx Stakes

Weir has 7 horses included in 2018 P.B. Lawrence Stakes nominations

Winx plus 5 stablemates included in 2018 Winx Stakes nominations

Fields & Form

Kementari in great order to take on Winx in 2018 Winx Stakes

Kementari added to 2018 Winx Stakes nominations

Weir has 7 horses included in 2018 P.B. Lawrence Stakes nominations

Winx plus 5 stablemates included in 2018 Winx Stakes nominations

Plague Stone early favourite in 2018 Rosebud betting