The Great Yarmouth racecourse is a flat thoroughbred racetrack located towards the north of Great Yarmouth. It is not very far from the beach, taking only a few minutes’ walk to get there. It is a very important racing venue since it features a straight line mile. This makes it more unique as not many racecourses in the country feature this kind of
race. The racecourse is owned by Arena Racing Company. It is known to host a total of 23 race meetings annually.

The first race to be held at Great Yarmouth first took place in the year 1715. Prior to the race meetings, an array of events used to take place in the racecourse. This included donkey races and chasing pigs with a soaped tail. It was until 1810 when the racecourse started holding thoroughbred races, and by the end of 1866, the number of races held in the track had increased significantly in number. During the World War 1, races were suspended indefinitely but resumed after a couple of years. In the year 1920, the racecourse changed its location to North Denes. This was due to the constant pressure they received from the fishing industry, who sought to expand their territories deep into South Denes.

John Musker Fillies’ Stakes is the most popular race run in the racecourse. It usually takes place in September, and is run over a mile and a quarter. This year, the Great Yarmouth is set to hold a total of 23 fixtures, starting from April all through to October. The car boot sale is scheduled for every Sunday from the 1st of April to the end of October. Gates will be opening at 7 am while races start at 12 noon. On Saturday the 5th of May will be the Murder Mystery
Evening, hosted by lord and lady Beauregarde. This will be a ladies dinner out.



A name with a huge amount of growth and development still to come, the wonderful Oisin Murphy is one of the jockeys to look out for on the circuit. With a fantastic blog as well as a range of exciting race successes of his own, Murphy has become a name well worth paying attention to and looking out for as a commentator on the sport as well as one of the most promising young jockeys on the circuit.


A true rising star of the racing world, he’s joined up with various publications to help offer modern commentary on the sport as well as offer a more enjoyable insight into the sport that we all love.


Career Summary


Already a retained rider for the elite Qatar Racing, Murphy has made a rapid start to his career as a jockey. With plenty more Series races to come, too, he’ll be likely to become a name well worth remembering for any fans of the sport. Despite only starting out in 2013 at the tender age of 18, he’s made an instant impact on the sport. By riding four winners at the prestigious Ayr Gold Cup in 2013, including the feature race he made the world sit up and take notice of a young star on the rise.


2013 seen him take 13 winners in total across the Australian racing scene, too. The nephew of the famous Jim Culloty, Murphy was crowned the champion apprentice in 2014, with a whopping 91 winners.


His first Series win came in the QIPCO British Champions Series aboard Hot Streak. Still young and learning, it’s sure that more is to come for this young superstar.


Achievements & Highlights


Major Wins – Champion Apprentice (2014)


Associations – Jim Culloty, Qatar Racing.


Earnings – £500k+





Still building is career today is Daryl Jacob, an Irish jockey who rides as the number one for Paul Nicholls. The heir to the throne or Ruby Walsh, Jacob took over when Walsh moved on and became an impressive part of a growing list of achievements in his own fledgling career. With several landmark wins that already help to set aside a growing career from the rest of the pack, there’s little doubt that Daryl Jacob has a long lasting and highly successful career ahead of him in the sport.


Career Summary


Rising to prominence for most people with his 2011 win at Triumph Hurdle in the Cheltenham Festival, Jacob quickly became a name worth remembering for any jockey. This was his first breakout moment after taking over from Walsh as the top boy in the Nicholls yard. In 2014, he took another win at the Cheltenham festival when he rode Lac Fontana in the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle, winning on the last day of the festival.


Sadly, he broke his leg, knee and elbow after his ride, Port Melon, crashed into the railing and put him in serious trouble. Now recovering and come back to prominence, the future looks extremely bright for a fun and talented young jockey.


Achievements & Highlights


Probably the biggest success of his career so far comes at the 2012 Grand National, when he won on top of Neptune Collonges. With hopefully more to come, it was a major and landmark win for the team, as they beat second-placed Sunnyhillboy to win what is regarded as the closest ever finish in the Grand National history.


That’s some going for someone so young and with so much to go in a career that could yet have even more twists and turns to celebrate!


Major Wins – 2011 JCB Triumph Hurdle, 2012 Aintree Grand National, 2014 County Hurdle.


Associations – Paul Nicholls, Ruby Walsh. Neptune Collonges, Zarkander, Lac Fontana, Port Melon.


Earnings – £4.7m total earnings place.