The Ceylonese racecourse was based on Racecourse Avenue in the capital Colombo and was once a famous seaside racecourse which first witnessed racing in 1893.

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In 1922 the course was one of the first to make use of an electrical tote.

Ernest de Silva was president of the Ceylon Turf Club and managed to win 2 Governor's Cups. His first success was with Louvello and he followed this up with L'Allegro. In Governor's Cup has a long, illustrious history. In 1894 it was won by an Australian horse, Master Walter, ridden by J.Wall and a picture of the horse is shown below courtesy of Shane Turner.


In 1940 the Ceylon Turf Club erected a statue at the entrance to the racecourse in honour of the Prime Minister of the country from 1956 to 1959 Sir Soloman Dias Bandaranaike.
Today the racecourse is no more although the buildings and grounds are used by the University of Colombo.


If you have badges, racecards, pictures of the racecourse or further details about the course, including your memories, then email