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.

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.