The Slušovice racecourse is one of the youngest in the Czech Republic. It was built in 1981 during the operation of the legendary unified agricultural cooperative for organizing flat and steeplechase races. The Slušovice track is considered by many to be the most beautiful in Moravia. It is also the only track in the Czech Republic that has banked curves. The symbol of the complex is a building in the form of a giant barrel. The whole complex has the form of a natural amphitheatre with a unique location right in the town. It is thus possible to watch the races from anywhere in the complex - the number of visitors can reach up to 10,000 depending on the season. The most famous organized race is the Velka Slusovicka Steeplechase cross country, which is regularly run as a steeplechase on 28 October over 5,200 metres.
By public transport
If you are travelling by public transport, check the timetable for the connection (bus, train, IDOS) from your chosen location: public transport timetable. If you are taking a bus, the closest bus stop to the racetrack is "Výpočetní středisko".
From Brno and Olomouc via Hulín and Holešov to Fryšták and then continue via Lukov and Velíková through Hrobice and after entering Slušovice at the gardening shop turn right onto Dostihová Street, which is in the immediate vicinity of the railway and also serves as a free parking lot.
From Otrokovice and Uherské Hradiště, via Zlín towards Vizovice, turn left onto the four-lane road to Slušovice and continue straight ahead over the roundabout onto Dostihová Street, where you can park and walk to the racecourse for about 300 metres, or turn slightly downhill to the left at the end of the street and park on Dostihová Street, which also serves as a free parking lot, except for the marked sections reserved for private companies.
There is a large number of parking spaces right in the racecourse, and you can get to the grandstands by car before going through the ticket office. Parking is free of charge.
You can buy cold and hot drinks and a wide range of other refreshments at the fast food stands right next to the racecourse at reasonable prices. You can also use the restaurant on the ground floor of the SUD Music Club.
The races usually include various accompanying programmes, such as parachute jumps, pony races, musical performances, etc.
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets are sold at the ticket office at the entrance to the venue on the raceday, sales start two hours before the start of the first race.
Children are free of charge, adult ticket is 100 CZK, parking is free of charge. 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. If formal dress is required, e.g. for the VIP lounge, this information is indicated directly on the invitation or voucher.
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. Racecourse area, including refreshment stands and restaurants, are usually open as early as two hours before the start of the first race. The start times of the event and the start of the first race can always be found in the event details on the website, on posters and banners around Slušovice.
How long do the races last? How many races are run?
One race lasts on average one and a half minutes, a steeplechase around five to nine minutes. There are usually 8 races during a raceday with 30 minute breaks. The total duration of a raceday is around 3.5 hours.
The races are divided, among other things, according to performance categories, the main race (the highest category of a given 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 during the race, 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. In the SUD restaurant and in the VIP area you can watch the race on screens with an internal video circuit. 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.
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 where, in addition to all the necessary information, you will also see original stream from the drone and, above all, replays of the races.
The construction of the horse racing complex in Slušovice was a logical outcome of the growing popularity of horse racing in Slušovice. Already in 1975 the first racing stable was established in the Unified Agricultural Cooperative and had three horses, two were with trainer Pindura in Kunovice, one with Eva Palyzova in Lysá nad Labem. In 1976 UAC engaged trainer Held and entrusted him with 4 horses, in 1977 the stable already had 8 horses. It was run on a temporary track in Vizovice, but its parameters did not reach the optimal parameters of a racecourse. In 1978, the Slušovice stable registered 18 horses and one of them - the imported Beller with his rider Klučka won surprisingly in the Czechoslovak Derby. In 1980 the stable had 20 horses. Later, Ing. Václav Chaloupka was engaged as a trainer and the number of horses increased to 48.