Trotting and Harness Racing
The Harness Racing Association of South Africa



Although a few turf tracks exist, trotting tracks around the world are predominantly custom built with all-weather surfaces. Construction is generally of 8mm - 10mm crushed stone or other aggregate, above a hardened and well drained sub-surface. Track lengths vary from 800m to 1600m, usually in the shape of an oval. The two turns are often cambered, with the shorter the track length - the steeper the camber required. Tracks must be safe, consistent, light and fast. In-between races, light harrowing and watering is often effected.

In South Africa the model provides for two categories of tracks: M (Metropolitan) and R (Rural). M tracks are planned for Durban, Tshwane, Cape Town and Bloemfontein, and sites at Dundee, Umtata, Polokwane and Bisho are currently under consideration as R tracks. As trotting tracks are significantly smaller than conventional thoroughbred or flat tracks, potential exists for them to be satisfactorily sited within the in-field of a thoroughbred racecourse. Clairwood in Durban, and Scottsville in Pietermaritzburg are both possibilities here.

Example of a Typical Trotting Track

Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia:

Track Address: Showgrounds , Mount Austin, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650
Distance from town centre:   4.0 kms from CBD
Days: Fridays
Season: Year round

Track and starting descriptions:

Typical Harness Racing Track
Circumference: 823.34 metres
Length of Home Straight:   165.00 metres
Radius of Turns: 75 metres
Track surface: Crushed stone
Racing Distances (m): 1720, 1755,2165,2575
Direction: Anti-Clockwise
Fields: Mobile - 10
Stand - 12
Front Line: Mobile - 6
Stand - 8
Sprint Lane: No

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