Bath

Bath Racecourse is a resplendent venue for thorough bred horse racing. It stands at the top of Lansdown Hill, about 31/4 miles northeast of Bath in Somerset, England. The left-handed race course covers 1 mile 4 furlongs and 25 yards. It’s an oval track with a run-in almost half a mile long. At 780 feet above sea level, Bath racecourse is one of the highest flat racecourses in England.

Bath racecourse is run by Arena Racing Company. The venue received a multi-million renovation in 2016 that transformed it to one of the most stylish horse racing venues in the UK. As part of the face-lift, Beckford Bar as well as a new stand, the Langridge Grandstand, were officially opened. The new stand has three tiers with the rooftop stand offering a most picturesque view of the course; the hills below complete the scenic view.

Bath racecourse has a long history that dates back to 1728, when the first race was held with the endorsement of the Blathwayts- a local family. The racecourse used to have a single meet a year that would run for two days. However, it finally grew and hosts 22 meets.

The biggest event of the year promises to be even bigger owing to the renovations that have given the venue a modernistic look with plenty of new amenities. Ladies day is the busiest race event of the calendar; it draws a large crowd with plenty of races and all the damsels from town in attendance.

Bath has had a few champions in the 200 years that it has hosted horse racing. The most notable races at this flat turf include Landsdown Fillies’ Stakes and Beckford Stakes.

The new Bath racecourse a good place to enjoy wholesome family fun all through summer; there is horse racing and events like music evenings and family race-days. It is also open for corporate as well as family events such as weddings when there are no races going on.

Bangor-On-Dee

bangorBangor on Dee racecourse is located in a town by the same within the area of Wrexham, North Wales. It is a left-handed National Hunt Racing course owned by the Chester Race Company. Matches at the course are televised on Racing UK. It has a sister track- Chester- which hosts flat racing.

History

The first recorded race on the present track was run in 1859. Closure did occur during the wars, but besides that races have been largely regular. In the second half of the 19th Century, champion Jockey Fred Archer was a popular figure at the Bangor. He won a whopping 2748 races during his time, a good chunk of those on this track.

A new hurdle course set up in 1947 drew even more and better horses to the site. However, sheep presence on the course did cause denial of a licence in 1969. In 1997, the course introduced another weighing room to replace the previous one used since 197.

The Course

The pear shaped track is relatively gentle in gradient, with gentle banked bends at most turning points. One turn on the narrow end of the pear has a tricky sharp turn however, necessitating a quick deceleration for horses who have had a long stretch to build up speed.

Bangor, despite its size and being the only course in North Wales, does not possess a grandstand. Viweing is mainly on the grass banks, but the natural elevation offers an amphitheatre-like viewing experience.

The course is accessible by road, train or air, although prior booking is required for helicopter landing. A free bus service operates on race days. Dress code is not strict, and photography is okay provided flashes are disabled. Bbqs are allowed, but should always consider other race goers.

Races

Bangor is a popular race venue, with 15 meetings in a year. There is also point-to-point racing here, usually a preparation for horses aiming to join the National Hunt at later times.

Ayr

ayrAyr is one of Scotland’s main racecourses, with some strong points for the argument that it is the best racecourse in the country. It is located in Ayshire County, and hosts races that are aired on Racing UK. It is rated as a five-star attraction.

History

The track has been in existence for around five centuries, but the first officially recorded race was run in 1771 in an oval track that was a standout for the sharpness of bends in it. The need for a larger space led to the course being moved from Seafield to Craigie, both within Ayr town.

Initially, the track was a flat race type only, but it was upgraded to incorporate a jump area in 1950. This step-up opened doors for the Grand National, which was first held here in 1966. It also did host the Scottish Derby until the race was discontinued in 2005.

In 1838, the Western meeting made news of the course by offering a prize purse of £2000, a feat that made it the most valuable two-year-old competition at the time.

The Course

Ayr has courses for both flat and National Hunt race types. The flat is a left-handed oval, with a relatively gentle gradient that, coupled with the fair turns, allows racehorses to maintain a steady pace over pretty much the entire distance.

The jump area is also left handed, albeit much more gruelling. It has a more inclined slope towards the home turn, then has a little uphill at the finish.

Races

Ayr hosts the Scottish Grand National and the Ayr Gold Cup as its main races. This makes it a busy venue in the months of April and September. It also hosts the Rothsey Stakes, the Firth of Clyde, The Harry Roseberry and The Scottish Champion Hurdle.

Here, trainers like Donald Mc Cain and Richard Fahey have made names for themselves as highly valuable masters of the game.