Hereford Racecourse  Hereford racecourse is in Hereford, England. It belongs to Herefordshire Council and is run by the Arena Company. The racecourse is well-known for hosting National Hunt races. It was opened way back in 1771, and its first
recorded race meeting took place in the same year. It is rectangular in shape, measuring up to 1 mile and 3 furlongs. The racetrack is a suitable venue for anyone who is looking forward to starting their racing career. It has also been
used many times for preparations ahead of major racing competitions.

The racecourse had been staging flat racing since it was opened until in the year 1840 when it hosted the first National Hunt race. This made it one of the few racecourses in England to stage both flat and hurdle races, attracting a huge crowd of people to its races. It remained fully operational till 1939 when the outbreak of World War 2 forced its sudden closure. In 946, the racecourse re-opened, and racing resumed. A total of 14000 Euros were invested into it, and the Arena Racing Company obtained a land lease from Herefordshire Council. The course was renovated in 1960. Buildings were modernized and the racetracks improved. After its renovation, the number of race meetings held in a year increased from nine to fifteen. It was however closed down again in 2012 due to failure of the
Arena Racing Company to obtain a new lease from Herefordshire Council, but opened after four years with a crowd of 5,000 racegoers attending its first meeting.

Last year, Hereford staged a total of 11 National Hunt fixtures, with the first season running from January to March, and the second from October to December. This year, the course will be hosting a good number of events. For example, the Hereford Food Festival is scheduled to take place on the 9th of June, and a lot more follows.


It’s not an easy year in the world of horse racing for Kayley Woollacott, but she’s clearly willing to give her all in what will be her first full year as a National Hunt trainer. In this clip we follow her and her team as they set potential stable star Lalor on course for Arkle Chase success at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. With a win behind Lalor already and at relatively short odds for her big outing, Kayley and those close to her talk us through their hopes for Lalor and of taking on such a lofty challenge.

Bangor on Dee Racecourse  Bangor on Deeracecourse is a thoroughbred racing track set in the beautiful countryside of north Wales. The racecourse was opened up way back in 1859, and is owned by the Chester Race Company Ltd. Being located at the banks of the river Dee, the racecourse is a perfect place to watch the races from. Its environment is engulfed with a cool breeze making it peaceful. Each year, Bangor on Dee stages a total of 15 fixtures all graced with the presence of the biggest names in the racing history. The left-handed track hosts only National Hunt races, and is known as the only racecourse in the country without a grandstand.

February 1859 marks the most important day of the racecourse’s calendar. This was when racing first took place there. Since then, Bangor on Dee has been hosting meetings on a regular basis except when it faced distractions from the world wars. In 2006, a series of point-to point races were introduced. The races are run by local hunts and takes place on the inside of the main track. In 2012, BangorBET betting system was formed. This is the recourse’s own betting system, which replaced all former betting systems formerly active.

Today, the racecourse provides a perfect day out for many families during the spring. For example, this year it is set to host a significant number of events besides racing. On the 19th of May will be the Wrexham Lager Family Fun Day. Tickets for this event will be going for a maximum of 25 Euros, depending on the package one chooses. Children under the age of 18 will not be charged, as long as they are in the company of a paying adult. On Monday the 20th of
August will be the Family Evening. There will be a variety of enclosures to choose from, with prices starting from 7Euros. The racecourse will be offering affordable hospitality packages ensuring a perfect stay for every racegoer.