Zagreb Hippodrome

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb Hippodrome

Zagreb Hippodrome (Croatian: Zagrebački hipodrom) is a horse racing venue in Zagreb, Croatia. It was built from 1947 to 1950, with a design based on the Longchamp Racecourse in Paris. It is located in the neighbourhood of Kajzerica, on the southern bank of the Sava river, near the Bundek lake. The venue covers an area of 47 hectares (120 acres). It was originally built with three racetracks, having lengths of 1,000 metres (3,300 ft), 1,600 m (5,200 ft), and 2,400 m (7,900 ft), but the longest track was removed to make space for an indoor riding hall after the 1987 Summer Universiade. A space for steeplechase races is located in the inside area of the smallest track.

Zagreb Hippodrome has been managed by the Zagreb Equestrian Club (Konjički klub Zagreb) since 1952. The most important event at the Hippodrome is the yearly International June Tournament (Lipanjski turnir), which has been held since 1955. The venue has been criticised for bad management and track maintenance, and small horse stalls which do not satisfy today's health and safety requirements. The stables hold around 160 horses.

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