What is the Chukyo Racecourse?
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Find out what is the Chukyo Racecourse of JRA and how to get there. Know the races it holds each year.

The Chukyo Racecourse is one of the two horse racing facilities in Chūkyō, Japan. This is locally known as Chūkyō-keibajō (中京競馬場) and it is owned by the Japan Racing Association (JRA).

JRA is a public company in Japan that handles central horse racing or Chūō Keiba (中央競馬). This means that they organize national horse racing events that allow local and international horses to compete. They have various racecourses, horse training, and betting facilities in Japan.

Chukyo Racecourse was established in 1994 and can accommodate up to 58,400 people. It also has 8,795 seats.

The Chukyo Racecourse in Japan has a ¥200 entrance fee you need to pay. There is a gift shop, various food stalls, and restaurants that you can find in the horse racing facility.

The facility has a Media hall that covers the second to the fifth floor. It is an open-air hall with plenty of seats where you can watch the races from a large screen. There is also a Family Exclusive Box Seat for 2 or more adults and 1 or more children. It has a mini-monitor installed on the table where you can watch the races. This section is free of charge.

The general stands where you can watch the races at Chukyo Racecourse in Japan is called Twin Hat Stands. This is a covered area where you can watch and wager on the races comfortably.

 

How to go to Chukyo Racecourse?

 

The Chukyo Racecourse is located exactly at Shikita-1225 Magomecho, Toyoake, Aichi 470-1132, Japan. If you want to go to the track, you have two transportation options: train or taxi.

 

By Train

If you are coming from Meitetsunagoya, you can ride the train and get off at Chukyokeibajomae station in 19 minutes. This will cost you ¥360 - ¥440. You can then walk to the racetrack for 21 minutes.

If you are coming from Kanayama, you can ride the train and get off at Chukyokeibajomae station in 15 minutes. This costs ¥310 - ¥380. From there, you can reach the track in 21 minutes.

If you are coming from Miyoshigaoka, you can ride the train and get off at Toyotashi station in 10 minutes. This costs ¥240 - ¥290. Then ride the train and get off at Chiryu station in 25 minutes. This costs ¥350 - ¥420. Last, ride the train at Chiryu station and get off at Chukyokeibajomae station in 20 minutes. This will cost ¥250 - ¥300. From there, you can walk to the track in 21 minutes.

 

By Taxi

If you are coming from Meitetsunagoya, you can get to the racetrack in 15 minutes if you ride a taxi. This costs ¥6,500 - ¥8,500.

If you are coming from Kanayama, you can get to the racetrack in 12 minutes if you ride a taxi. This costs ¥5,000 - ¥6,500.

If you are coming from Miyoshigaoka, you can get to the track in 17 minutes if you ride a taxi. This costs ¥6,000 - ¥7,500.

 

The Race Track of Chukyo Racecourse

The Chukyo Racecourse commonly holds flat and handicap races. It has three courses that has varying lengths for the ten horse racing events it hosts every year. These are the main course, dirt course, and steeplechase course.

 

Main Course

The main course has a turf surface. This means that it is mostly for races where the horses sprint through the tracks on a grassy track. This kind of surface is common in Europe. However, this has been one of the most track surfaces used in flat races.

The main course is divided into two courses with different lengths and widths. These are: A-course and B-course.

 

Course

Length

Width

A-course

1,705.9m

28-30m

B-course

1,724.8m

25-27m

 

 

Dirt Course

The dirt course track surface in Japan is different from most countries. The material used in the course is sand. The common material used in countries like the United States is soil. Sand is used in all Japan dirt tracks because of the rainy weather in the country. It is easier to drain water out of sand unlike in soil.

The sand-based track can also affect the performance of a horse. This is because they need to have more power in their legs when they run because of how sand is like. This means foreign horses find it more difficult competing in Japan dirt tracks. Additionally, local racehorses have the advantage on this course.

The dirt course in Chukyo Racecourse has a length of 1,530 meters and a width of 25 meters. It also has a 1,400 meters chute.

 

Steeplechase Course

The steeplechase course is made with a turf track surface and has various obstacles like fences and hurdles. It has a length of 3,000 meters. Here are the following length and width of the obstacles at Chukyo Racecourse:

 

Obstacle

Kind of Obstacle

Height

Width

Obstacle 1 - 3, 5, & 7

Hurdle
(One side bamboo fence)

1.30 m

(Bamboo fence: 0.5m)

1.55 m

Obstacle 4

Hurdle
(Movable obstacle)

1.20 m
(Bamboo fence: 0.5m)

1.15 m

Obstacle 6

Hurdle
(Movable obstacle)

1.20 m
(Bamboo fence: 0.5m)

1.80 m

 

 

Races in the Chukyo Racecourse

There are 10 flat and handicap horse races that Chukyo Racecourse hold each year. Here are the following graded races that you can watch and wager on:

 

Race

Grade

Track & Distance

Takamatsunomiya Kinen

Grade I

Turf 1200 m

Champions Cup

Grade I

Dirt 1800 m

Tokai Stakes

Grade II

Dirt 1800 m

Kinko Sho

Grade II

Turf 2000 m

Chunichi Shimbun Hai

Grade III

Turf 2000 m

Falcon Stakes

Grade III

Turf 1400 m

CBC Sho

Grade III

Turf 1200 m

Procyon Stakes

Grade III

Dirt 1400 m

Chukyo Kinen

Grade III

Turf 1600 m

Aichi Hai

Grade III

Turf 2000 m

 

 

 

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