The track in the vicinity of the Brno airport in the local part of Dvorska experienced its racing premiere in 1998. Although the track is located on the outskirts of a large city, it has a rather rural and pleasant impression. The track is square in shape and its circumference is only 1200 metres, so the spectators have a very good view even from the lower grandstand. A large number of spectators find their way to the Brno races, held regularly three times a year.
By public transport
Bus number 48 goes directly from the city centre to the racecourse in the direction of Prace. If you take the bus, the closest bus stop to the racetrack is "Vlčkova".
The connection can be found here.
If you are coming to Brno on the D1 motorway, the best exit for you is Brno - Slatina. Then continue in the direction of Tuřany and then Dvorska. If you are coming on the D2, take the Brno-Chrlice or Brno-South exit.
There is a large number of parking lots in the racecourse in a temporary car park designed specifically for the raceday. There is a separate parking lot for spectators and a separate parking lot for horses and race participants. The parking fee is 30 CZK.
You can buy cold and hot drinks and a wide range of other refreshments at the fast food stands at reasonable prices.
The races include various accompanying programmes, such as parachute jumps, pony races, carriage rides, children's horse rides and a carousel for children.
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets are sold at the ticket office at the entrance to the venue on the raceday, sales start approximately one hour before the start of the first race.
Do you have discounted ticket types?
Children ticket is 30 CZK, adult ticket is 100 CZK, parking fee is 20 CZK. Racing card is 50 CZK.
Are dogs allowed?
Dogs are allowed on a leash only and must not endanger other visitors or racehorses.
Is there a dress code?
There is no dress code for general visitors.
What is the best time to arrive at the racecourse? When does the raceday start?
If you want to catch the first race in peace, it is ideal to plan your arrival 30 to 45 minutes before the start. The racetrack area, including refreshment stands and the restaurant, is open two hours before the start of the first race. The races always start at 14:00.
How long do the races last? How many races are run?
One race lasts on average a minute and a half, a steeplechase around five to nine minutes. There are usually 8 races during a raceday with 30-minute breaks. There are also 2 pony races on the day's programme. The total duration of the raceday is around 3.5 hours.
The races are divided, among other things, according to performance categories, the main race (the highest category of the raceday) is usually placed in the second part of the programme, but only exceptionally at the very end.
What can I expect during the raceday?
How can I watch the races? Do I need binoculars?
The best overview will be from the grandstand. Positions in the higher rows will give you a better view, while the lower rows, or the pavement in front of the grandstand, will give you closer contact with the horses in the homestraight. It is a good idea to take your chosen seat in the grandstand about 5 to 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the race. Our tip: if you want to watch the race like a proper "turfman", equip yourself with binoculars and you will have the racing action in the palm of your hand even from the height of the grandstand.
Where can I find out in advance which horses will run in the races?
All important information not only about the participants of the races, but also about the entire schedule of the raceday is contained in the Racing card, which you can buy right at the entrance to the racetrack. Start lists for the weekend races are closed on Tuesday of the week and can be found in advance on our website in the race details.
How and where can I place my bet?
Betting is an important part of horse racing and can be done directly at the racetrack at marked places. Bets are usually placed after you have seen the horses before the race in the paddock. If you do not know what to do, you can follow the expert tips given in the Racing card.
Is there a live streaming of all the races?
If you are not able to attend the raceday directly, you can watch the stream HERE >>
The year 1867 was the first time that horses' hooves rumbled through the racetrack at the first ever horse races in Brno, which took place at Chrlice Meadows. Barons and peasants took their places in the saddles, the grandstand was occupied by Brno aristocrats, royalty and common people. Today there is no trace of the racecourse between Komárov and Tuřany. It is not clear what exactly happened then, and why horse racing disappeared. Probably there was no money or interest in horse racing. According to Václav Novák's manuscript, which is mentioned in the electronic Encyclopaedia of Brno, the riders of the first Brno races took part in five races.
The tradition of Brno horse races died out as quickly as it was established. During the time of the First Republic (in 1922 and 1923) there are references to other races. In both years, races were held in Brno twice, in spring and summer. Horses with unconventional names such as Santa Claus, Baňatý or Již letím.
Another effort to revive the Brno races was made in 1964 and then two years later. Back then, the races were run on the Rájecek track behind today's Makro department store. The racing programme included a total of 14 races, 11 of which were steeplechases.
Although Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic and the largest Moravian metropolis, the modern history of Brno horse racing is still relatively young. The big return of horse racing to Brno racecourses took place in the 1990s, specifically on 28 June 1998. Thanks to Josef Vymazal, they rose from the ashes and are still alive today. Nowadays, races are held three times a year at the racetrack in Dvorské. Every race day there are 5 flat races, 3 steeplechase races and pony races, which are part of the Pony League of the Jockey Club of the Czech Republic.
The Brno racecourse was built on a place where previously there were only fields and meadows. In the year of the first races, the flat racetrack measured only nine hundred metres and only four artificial jumps were available for steeplechase. The races were run under these conditions for the first three seasons. Later the racecourse was extended to the present 1200 m around, the sand track measures even 200 m more. This move has significantly improved the parameters of the racecourse.
The racecourse is now classified as a C-category racecourse, with races of categories III - V. The capacity of the track for flat races is 12 horses, while for steeplechase races the capacity of the track allows 16 horses to participate. The steeplechase course has also been extended to 10 natural jumps 15 metres wide. Later, an irrigation system of 4 kilometres was also built to ensure the prosperity of both the flat and steeplechase tracks. In recent years, the arches have also been modified. Approximately 800 m3 of soil has been brought in to make them better to trip and increase the safety of the racing. Approximately 150 yew trees have also been planted, which will form a barrier over the next few years to make the curves safer to negotiate.