Carlisle

Carlisle is located in the village of Blackwell, close to the county town of Carlisle in Cumbria County, England. It is a dual-race type course, owned by Jockey Club Racecourses. Action from the track is televised on Racing UK.

 

History

The current location of the track has been in active use since 1904, although racing in the area was active much earlier. The Carlisle Bell was first run in 1599.

The first grandstand opened as the track came into business, but as required upgrades over the years as the number of spectators has increased. In the 60s, refurbishments adapted the course for night racing and a new grandstand was built. The Jubilee Grandstand of 2002 is still the largest upgrade of recent times.

Carlisle also holds the honour of first British course to have Tote betting, which was introduced in 1929.

The course

The course runs over a length of 1-mile 2-furlongs. It is mostly flat, with a steep uphill towards the finish. Flat and National races are run here, making the ground a busy venue throughout the year. Jump races are held at every end of the April-September flat competition period.

Access is possible by road, rail or air, with a bus service operating between the track and the station for £1.60 each way. The train station is 2.2 miles off, and helicopter landing would require an advance approval.

Races

Carlisle Bell, rated among the oldest known horse races worldwide, is run at The Carlisle. Cumberland Chase, Graduation Chase and Cumberland Plate are other popular races forming part of the circle.

Red Rum, the great Grand National champion horse from the 70s, has a unique attachment to Carlisle. The triple-Grand National winner prepared for each of his big wins with successful warm up runs here, and to date the entire Carlisle fraternity is proud of that stat to no end. October’s Red Rum racing Day is named in his honour.

Brighton

brightonBrighton is a flat-type racecourse located in a seaside resort by the same name in Sussex County to the South of England. It is owned by the Arena Racing Company, and has races airing on At The Races. It is just a mile away from the coast, at an altitude of 400 ft above sea level.

History

The course was set up in 1783 by a group of rich townspeople, among them the Duke of Cumberland. Racing quickly grew in popularity in the area, attracting the prince of Wales on only its second year.

The current track was set up in 1850, with the introduction of the first main stand coming at the time. Popularity kept rising, an in 1898 the local authorities took full charge in a bid to control the negative aspects that had come with the growth of the crowd. Racing was stopped during each of the World Wars, but otherwise track meetings have been regular.

The course

The course has a unique horse-shoe shape, extending to a length of 1-mile four-furlongs. The incomplete circuit often draws comparison with Epsom Racecourse. It starts out gentle, then goes into a lengthy downhill section, before coming up again to present a level finish over the last 100 yards. The ground is stable on the left-handed track, and the gradient and shape contribute to earn it a place among the fastest sprint racing tracks in England.

Brighton lies not more than five-minute drive from the City Center. There I a courtesy bus service between the racing venue and the Brighton station two hours before racing starts and immediately after the final race.

Races

There are 17 race meetings at the track in a calendar year, running between April and October. The Brighton Mile Challenge Trophy Handicap is the track’s headline race, run during the early August Brighton Festival. It is among the courses that offer lower prize money, and is thus considered a small course.

Beverley

Beverley racecourse is located in the market town of Beverley, within the county of East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is a flat-type racecourse owned by the Beverly Race Company Ltd, with races at the course televised on Racing Uk.

History

There was racing in Beverley as early as the first half of the 18th Century, but the first time an annual meeting was held there was in 1767. During this inaugural year, a £1,000 grandstand was commissioned. Annual events continued until 1798, when they were stopped for a period of seven years. The course’s popularity grew a lot in the two decades following the 1805 resumption; it is then that the renowned horse ‘Altisidora’ ran the track.

A new grandstand worth £90,000 came into use in 1968.

The Course

Beverly is a right handed flat-racing course, slightly more than 1-mile 3-furlongs in length. Most sections of the track are flat, except for the finish area which has an uphill gradient. The course is also known for its tight turns that require riders to reign the horses with skill. Part of these bends cause Beverly to be the course with the greatest ‘draw bias’ across the UK.

The course has a ‘The horse comes first’ policy, a campaign which aims to dispel untruths about cruelty to racehorses. Access can be gained by bus from the train station a mile away; dogs are not allowed. The dress code is smart casual.

Races

Beverly hosts 19 race meetings in a calendar year. The Hilary Needler trophy and the Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes, both listed, are the headline races at the course. The Brian Yeardley is also run here. In 2014, the Hilary Needler was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch.

Tim Easterby-trained horses have always had a good running at Beverley, forming the largest number of race winners from the same training stable, which is an incredible stat by any standards.