Nottingham racecourse is located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, only about two miles away from Nottingham city. The racecourse is well known for hosting flat races, run over 1.5 miles. The racetrack is left-handed and oval in shape. There used to be National Hunt races, but they came to a sudden stop towards the end of February 1996.It is owned by Jockey Club Racecourses, and was opened way back in 1892. The track is easily accessible from all directions, making it very convenient for many people living within and outside of Nottingham city. This great track is not only a venue for horse racing, but also a site for holding major events. It offers a wide range of hospitality packages including hotel services.

The racecourse’s first location was at Nottingham Forest Recreation Ground in the year 1773. It was then moved to its present location, Colwick Park in 1892.In 1965, the land in which the racetrack was situated was bought by the local corporation. This was a major setback to its development, and for some time, its future seemed to be doomed. Luckily, the Levy Board convinced the corporation to lease the course to the owners. It is known to host a number of famous races, including the Kilvington Stakes. This race is run over 1mile 6 furlongs. It also hosts the Nottinghamshire Oaks run for over 1 mile.

This year, Genting Casino Ladies day will be the peak of Nottingham racecourse calendar. It is scheduled for 12th of May, with doors opening from 12 noon. This event is the most popular fixture of the season. It had a total attendance
of 5,500 people in 2017. The event features the best dressed competition besides the racing competition. Nottingham will also be hosting other events such as Family Fun Day and Residents Free Night taking place on 10th June
and 18th June respectively.

No list of racing greats would be complete without the inclusion of Lester Keith Piggott, the epitome of balance, strength and tactical awareness, the leading jockey in Britain for three decades and the winner of over 4,000 winners in Britain alone.

 

 

Born on November 5, 1935 in Wantage, Oxfordshire, from good racing stock, Piggott rode his first winner, The Chase, at Haydock on August 8, 1948 as a 12-year-old boy. A decade later, he was the most successful jockey in the country. He rode his first Derby winner, Never Say Die, on June 3, 1954 as an 18-year-old and, after 103 days’ suspension for his riding of the same horse in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, was appointed to succeed Sir Gordon Richards as first jockey to Noel Murless, the leading postwar trainer in Britain.

 

The appointment was to mark the start of a fruitful association with the Warren Place trainer, which was to last for the next twelve years and yield two more Derby winners, Crepello in 1957 and St. Paddy in 1960, and seven Classic winners in all. In fact, such was the success of the partnership that it came as a shock to the racing world when, having insisted on riding the 1966 Oaks winner, Valoris, for Vincent O’Brien instead of Murless’ Varinia, who finished third, Piggott announced he was now a freelance jockey.

 

He rode his first winner Derby for Vincent O’Brien, Sir Ivor, in 1968 and three more, Nijinksy in 1970, Roberto in 1972 and The Minstrel in 1977, before the pair decided to go their separate ways in the autumn of 1979.

 

Nijinsky, a son of the then untried stallion, Northern Dancer, bought by owner Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. on the recommendation of Vincent O’Brien, was probably Piggott’s most famous winning ride in the Derby. Having already won the 2,000 Guineas, under Piggott, Nijinksy went on to make history by becoming the first horse since Bahram, in 1935, to win the Triple Crown by beating Meadowville by a length in the St. Leger later the same season.

 

Following the retirement of Joe Mercer, Piggott joined Henry Cecil, at that time married to Noel Murless’ daughter, Julie, who had taken over at Warren Place in 1976. Further success followed, with Piggott winning the 1,000 Guineas on Fairy Footsteps in 1981, as well the Derby for first-season trainer Geoff Wragg on Teenoso in 1983.

 

However, after a public scandal over an unofficial contract, which Cecil had attempted to arrange with his owners, on Piggott’s behalf, but without the knowledge of the Jockey Club and a protracted rift between Piggott and one of Cecil’s leading owners, Daniel Wildenstein, it was announced, on June 5, 1984, that American Steve Cauthen would replace Piggott as stable jockey the following season.

 

At the end of the 1985 season, Piggott retired from race riding, at the age of 50, and became a trainer at Eve Lodge Stables, Newmarket. However, no sooner had he started his new career than questions about his financial affairs. An investigation into unpaid back taxes is believed to have cost him a knighthood in 1986 and, in 1987, was he found guilty of tax fraud and jailed for three years.

 

Having served a year and a day inside and stripped of the OBE that he had been awarded in 1975, he was released on parole in 1988. With the training licence at Eve Lodge in the hands of his then wife, Susan, Piggott kept himself fit by riding out regularly, but it was still a major surprise when he returned to race riding at Leicester on October 15, 1990. He rode a double at Chepstow the following day and eleven days later rode Royal Academy to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Belmont Park, New York for Vincent O’Brien. Justifiably, Piggott described Royal Academy, coincidentally a son of Nijinsky, as “the most satisfying winner I ever had.”

 

Piggott rode his final Classic winner, Rodrigo De Triano, for Peter Chapple-Hyam in the 2,000 Guineas in 1992, at the age of 56. Despite breaking his collarbone and two ribs in a fall in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Gulfstream Park, Florida, later the same year, he returned to race riding the following February and continued until 1994. Fittingly, he rode his last winner on Palacegate Jack at Haydock – the same Merseyside course on which he had ridden his first winner 46 years earlier – on October 5, 1994.

 

Famously taciturn, partially as a result of being severely hearing-impaired since birth, Piggott faced constant problems with his weight, starving his 5 ft 8in frame down to around 8st 2lbs for most of his of his career. His nickname, the “Long Fellow”, stemmed in part from his height, but also from his bespoke, short riding style, which hoisted his backside high into the air making him easy to pinpoint in any race.

 

When he retired for the second and final time, Piggott had ridden 4,493 winners in Britain, including 30 Classic winners, and been crowned Champion Jockey 11 times. In 2012, at the age of 77, Piggott moved to Geneva, Switzerland to start a new life with Lady Barbara Fitzgerald, 55, after leaving Susan, his wife of 52 years. Piggott’s 19-year-old son, Jamie, the product of a 16-year affair with former assistant, Anna Ludlow, rode in his first professional race at Killarney on July 18, 2013, so the name “Piggott” is likely to appear on British racecards for a good while yet.

The Newbury racecourse is regarded one of the most prestigious racing venues in the United Kingdom. It is located in Newbury, England. Being situated near the main rail line with its own stop a mile away from Newbury and just 60 miles from London, it is easily accessible to many people. The track is mainly used for flat races and jumps, with races held throughout the year. The flats season begin on 20th April. It hosts a total of 31 fixtures every year. Newbury racecourse was opened up officially in 26th September 1905, with its most notable races being Lockinge Stakes, Hennessy Gold Cup and Challow Novices’ Hurdle.

In the year 1805 was when the first recorded race took place in the racecourse. This meeting took place every year in Newbury, until 1811 when it changed its venue to Wood hay Heath. The racecourse stayed dormant for 90 years following a proposal by John Porter to set up a new racecourse at Newbury. After the proposal had failed, the Newbury Racecourse Company was formed in 1904, after which it bought land and began the construction of stables all summing up to a cost of 57,240 Euros. In 1906, a nine-day race meeting was planned. Six days were dedicated
to flat racing, while three days to National Hunt racing.

This year, the racecourse’s calendar is full of activities as it is set to hold a significant number of fixtures. Some of them have already taken place, for example the Be wiser Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, took place in 24th March 2018 where Oistrakh Noir emerged the winner. On the 19th of May will be the Al Shaqab Lockinge Day, with tickets going for 28.80 Euros for the premier enclosure and 20.80 Euros for the grandstand enclosure. This event entails a
wide range of outdoor and indoor activities, with lots of food and drinks. There is an ample parking space, with an individual parking space for each enclosure.

Huntingdon racecourse is a horse racing track located in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England. It is a thoroughbred track, well known for hosting National Hunt races. The racecourse is owned and managed by the Jockey Club Racecourses. It has been voted for a number of times as the best small racecourse in East Anglia and the South Midlands. Being located in a strategic place near where the A1 and A14 converge, the racecourse is convenient to many people, attracting huge crowds of people to its race meetings. It hosts a total of 17 fixtures each year, over a period of nine months. The most anticipated day in Huntingdon’s calendar is the Traditional Boxing Day meeting, which usually attracts thousands of people each year.

The racecourse has excellent hospitality facilities, making the stay of its visitors comfortable. The Peterborough restaurant is well known for its excellent dining services. Huntingdon provides free entertainment for children during Bank Holiday meetings that take place every Sunday. With the company of a paying adult, those under the age of 18 years are admitted free of charge. Adults aged 18 to 24 years can always register for discounted admissions into the racecourse.

The most notableraces held at Huntingdon are the Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle and the Peterborough chase. The Sidney Banks Memorial hurdle is for horses at the age of  four years and above. It is run over  3,947 metres, and takes place every February. The race was inaugurated in 1976. The Peterborough on the other hand is a grade 2 race run over 4,124 meters with the jumping of sixteen hurdles. It allows in competitors aged four years and above and takes place every December. It first took place in 1969.

Apart from being a horse racing venue, the racecourse is also a wedding, exhibitions, conference and car boot sales venue. This is mainly due to its convenient location and state-of-the-art facilities.