Nuwara Eliya Racecourse

This is the only remaining horse racing venue in Sri Lanka. Situated 1,868 metres (6,129 ft) above sea level the race course is one of the highest in the world. The beautiful race course which lies alluringly amidst blue mountain ranges is the location where the annual Horse Racing events are organized.

The Nuwara Eliya race course is the setting for a variety of horseracing events during the month of April. In previous years, the list of race meetings has included the Governor’s Cup, Labookelle Cup, Upali Wijewardene Kandos Cup, Nescafe Cup, Sporting Times Trophy, Sumathi Cup and Sunquick Cup.

In addition to experiencing the thrill of racing, there will also be other interesting diversions at the race course – Fashion shows and a show of fashion by attendees; which will attract a variety of prizes including; ‘Best Dressed Lad, ‘Best Dressed Gent’ and ‘Most Photogenic Personality’.

In August 2011, the Ministry of Sports has taken over the ownership of the country’s only Horse race course at Nuwara Eliya from the Sri Lanka Turf Club. Horse & Pony Rides are available at the Racecourse and on the banks of Lake Gregory.The track has a circumference of 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) (approx. 9 furlongs) with a 333-metre straight. Now the ownership of the Nuwara Eliya Race Course has been given to the Sugathadasa National Sports Complex Authority (SNSCA).

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