Situated in Cape Town’s beautiful suburb of Durbanville amid wine estates and nature reserves, Durbanville Racecourse is one of only two racecourses in the Western Cape. The course offers a relaxed environment that is less formal than most others in the country.
Entry into the general public areas of the course is typically free.
Durbanville Racecourse tends to produce course specialists. It is a left-handed 2000m near oval course, with a run-in of 600m and no straight course. The home straight is a downward slope almost until the finish, and as a result there is a tendency for pacemakers to go too fast too early on in the race.
On the other hand horses that race from off the pace need a good turn of acceleration to excel. When it comes to the draw, low numbers generally have the advantage in just about any race on the course.
A day at the races in Durbanville is a wonderful way to enjoy being outside in the natural greenery Cape Town is renowned for. The racecourse is noted for neighbouring the Durbanville Nature Reserve, a 6-hectare piece of protected land that is host to about 130 species of plants, three of which exist only in Cape Town and 10 that are threatened with extinction.
Aside from horseracing events like the Kuda Matchem Stakes and the Diana Stakes, Durbanville Racecourse is also available for private functions such as weddings and conferences. The main function venue seats up to 120 guests and has a braai area, a fully stocked bar and kitchen facilities.
The course’s excellent drainage makes it ideal for winter sport. When the warmer months come, racegoers switch over to the Kenilworth Racecourse in the southern suburbs.