Clairwood Racecourse, known as the “Garden Course”, is set in 77 hectares of reclaimed marshland in the South Durban Basin, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The course originally opened in 1921, but was redeveloped by the Natal Racecourse Development Fund in 1982 and subsequently acquired by Gold Circle in 1999. However, Clairwood Racecourse was bought in 2012 by Capital Property Fund, which subsequently leased it back to Gold Circle for a period of two years.
The round course at Clairwood is a left-handed, flat, turf oval, just over a mile and a half in circumference, with a home straight of three furlongs. The six furlong straight course, on which horses drawn high have an advantage with cut in the ground, joins the round course at the top of the home straight.
In March 2013, the last three races at Clairwood were abandoned after punters protested about favourite, My Sanctuary, being declared a runner in the sixth race despite being hampered by a faulty starting gate.
The most valuable of the year at Clairwood is the Rising Sun Gold Challenge, run over 7 furlongs and 210 yards in June each year. In 2013, Variety Club, trained by Joey Ramsden, followed up his 2012 victory in the race.
In 2014, racing was transferred from Clairwood Racecourse to the newly renovated Greyville Racecourse, also owned by Gold Circle. The existing site was renamed Clairwood Logistics Park.