Salisbury racecourse is a flat horse racing venue located in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The race track hosts a total of 15 race meetings annually, beginning from the end of April all through to early October. It hosts almost all types of races,
including handicaps. The racecourse is located only about 5km from Salisbury, making it a convenient horse racing venue. It has a great view of Salisbury Cathedral, and is engulfed with a peaceful and stunning atmosphere, thus a preferred horse racing venue for many racegoers in Britain.
Racing in Salisbury racecourse is said to have begun in the mid-16th century, making it one of the oldest race tracks in Britain. Many famous racehorses gained their first victory in the racecourse. For example, Gimcrack won in Salisbury racecourse in the year 1768. At the age of 12, Jockey Lester Piggott ran its first race in public at the racecourse. In 1681, the Bibury Club was created, and became associated with racing in Salisbury about 218 years later after the racecourse relocated to Combe Down.
The racecourse is usually very busy in the weekends with a number of events taking place. It is open to anyone, and there is no specific dress code required for the race meetings. However, in the Bibury Enclosure, all people should dress smart, with men required to put on collared shirts. For every race meeting, advanced tickets are available for purchase starting from 7 Euros, depending on the enclosure that one chooses. The racecourse offers membership, with early subscriptions costing 190 Euros. As a member, one is entitled to attend a total of 49 meetings, as well as a parking space.
This year, Salisbury is set to host a good number of fixtures. On the 14th of July will be the Ladies’ Evening. It is the most anticipated race meeting, attracting a good number of people each year.