Towcester racecourse is a horse racing venue located in Watling Street, Towcester. Being opened in 1928, it is among the youngest racecourses in England. It is owned and operated by the Towcester Racecourse Company Ltd. Over the winter, the racecourse stages a series of National Hunt races. Unlike other racecourses, it offers free admission to its races, apart from two special races. Its races are of a good quality. The tracks are of great difficulty, putting the stamina of racehorses into test. It has two main hospitality facilities, the Empress Stand and Grace Stand. Both of them offer rooms that can be used for functions with an amazing view of the racetracks. Private balconies are also available, from where people can view the races peacefully.
The first race meeting in Towcester racecourse took place in 1928. Lord Hesketh was the director of the racecourse, and even donated his land in Easton Neston estate, where the first grandstand was built. In 2002, the Towcester racecourse company introduced the free admissions policy in order to make the public more interested in horse racing. This scheme worked very well, and within no time, Towcester had become one of the most preferred horse racing venues in the county. It was until the year 2006 when Towcester re-introduced admission fees only for the Easter Sunday Meetings and Boxing Day. Lord Hesketh decided to sell off the racecourse in 2008. Jockey Tom McCoy received his 4000th victory at the racecourse in 2013, making it more famous. In 2014, a new racetrack was built in the racecourse.
Towcester is planning for the Greyhound Derby which will be scheduled of the 1st of July. It is going to be a major event in its calendar besides the Eater Sunday Meeting day and Boxing Day. It is also set to host a number of race meetings this year. Besides being a horse racing venue, the racecourse is also a venue for weddings, conferences and
A uniquely powerful British thoroughbred, the name of Frankel is a name that people have grown to love. With close to £3m in earnings across its career already, it’s become the star horse for many fans of the sport. Indeed, it enjoyed a fourteen-race career and was unbeaten in all of them. It was, by May 2011, ranked as the finest horse alive on the planet.
With wins at the likes of the Royal Lodge Stakes, the Dewhurst Stakes and the Middle Park Stakes early on, Frankel was soon winning the likes of the Classic 2000 Guineas and the Sussex Stakes alongside the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. This continued for some time, winning the International and Champion Stakes in 2012.
It’s last ever race came at the Champion Stakes, in fact, when it won by over a mile and a quarter and then retired from the sport. Indeed, the major highlight for Frankel is probably the awarding of the 143 rating by the prestigious Timeform. This rating was the highest handed out in decades, and the fourth highest of all-time. By 2012, it was raised to 147 – the rating kept until the end of the stellar career it had enjoyed. At retirement, then, Frankel signed off as the highest rated horse in the history of the Timeform records!
From its 2010 Royal Lodge Stakes win, then, right to its dominant Champion Stakes win just 2 years later, this horse led one of the most incredible careers ever seen in horse racing. Only one rider ever had the joy of sitting on the back of this steed; Tom Queally. It was also trained by Henry Cecil.
In a wonderful but short career, then, Frankel came in, made history, and signed off as a true legend of the sport of horseracing for sure.