Haydock racecourse is a thoroughbred racing track located in Haydock, England. It is owned and managed by the Jockey Club Racecourse, and is well known for hosting flat and National Hunt races. Being situated in the middle of three towns, the racecourse is easily accessible to many people. The racecourse has been a venue for horse racing for many years now, with the current venue being functional since 1899. Sydney Sandon was the one who oversaw its early developments in the early 20th century, being both the secretary and managing director of the course. It has been voted for as the racecourse of the year for two consecutive times.
According to historians, Haydock was more than just a racecourse. It was a venue for parties and musical entertainment, attracting a wider range of audience other than just race-goers. The racecourse had been functional since it was opened up in 1899, but was closed down during the World War Two. It was used as a station for invading
Europe after the American infantry divisions were stationed in the racecourse.
Today, the left-handed oval track hosts a significant number of fixtures annually. The most notable races held there include; the Altcar Novices’ Chase, Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle and Marsh Chase. The Altcar Novices’ is scheduled to take place every January, and takes in horses five years and above. It takes place over 4,099 metres with the horses jumping over a total of 17 fences. Rossington Hurdle is a Grade 2 race scheduled for every January just like the Altcar. It first took place in 1971 at Doncaster racecourse. The race is open to horses aged four years and above. The Marsh Chase is run over 5,144 metres, making it the longest of the three races. It is open only to horses aged five years and above. The racecourse has a wide range of hospitality services guaranteeing a comfortable stay to the racegoers.
Sedgefield racecourse is one of the most popular racecourses in Britain. It is located in the village of Sedgefield, south of Durham city. The racecourse is owned and operated by Northern Racing. The left-handed track hosts a total of 19 race meetings each year, all spread over a period of 11 months. It is located approximately five minutes from jct 60, and about 20 minutes from Darlington and Teesside, making it accessible to many people. Sedgefield hosts National Hunt races only. Apart from being a horse racing venue, it is also used for various indoor and outdoor events such as conferences, weddings and exhibitions.
Racing at Sedgefield dates back to 1732, making it one of the most ancient racecourses in Britain. It staged a number of races each year. Its operations were however cut short by the outbreak of the World War 1, when it was forced to close down. In 1804, a club based on Sedgefield and Hardwick Arms was formed by Ralph Lambton, making Sedgefield the headquarters of Ralph Lambton Hunt. In 1977, Frank Scotto was appointed to be the chairman, after Harry Lane, the previous chairman had died. His appointment came along with a number of improvements. A new pavilion was built, as well as the Theakston suite.
The most notable race held at Sedgefield is the Durham National. The race is scheduled to happen every October, with the horses running over a distance of three miles. Fatehalkhair is the most famous winner of this race, having won a good number of races in the recent years. This year, the racecourse will be hosting a good number of fixtures. On Tuesday the 15th of May will be the Paxtons season finale. The fixture will be sponsored by Paxtons, and tables will be going for 57 Euros in the Hoops Bistro and 40 Euros in the Silks restaurant. There will be a wide range of hospitality services, catering for the needs of every racegoer.
Chester racecourse is a horseracing track located in Chester, Cheshire, England. It is famously known as the Rodee. The racecourse is owned and managed by Chester Race Company Ltd. Racing there dates way back to the sixteenth century, making it one of the most ancient racing tracks in England. Despite its small size of approximately 1.8 km in length, Chester attracts a tremendous crowd of about 250,000 people in the 15-event season that runs from
May to September. The races held there are strictly flat races. It is seated on a 65-acre piece of land on the banks of River Dee, making it a beautiful venue to watch the races from.
It is said that the ancient Romans established Chester as an anchorage point where they could access the Irish Sea from. This made it a busy trading port, and was later left abandoned as a public land after silt had covered it. Years later, it became a home for the Goteddsday football match, which was banned in 1533 for its violent nature. Horse racing was then introduced in 1539, and the first race was recorded in February of the same year. Since then, races have been taking place every year at Chester racecourse. In 2008, a restaurant was opened up in the racecourse named “1539”. This marked the year in which the first race took place there.
The most notable races held in the racetrack are the Chester Cup and the Cheshire Oaks. The Chester Cup is a handicap race, and was first run in the year 1824. It is run over a distance of 3,746km, and is only open to horses aged four years and above. Cheshire Oaks on the other hand was inaugurated in 1950. It takes place every May, and is open to horses aged three years. The race is run over a distance of 2,281 meters.