Cartmel Racecourse Cartmel racecourse is located in the beautiful village of Medieval, Cartmel, Cumburia County. The oval left-handed track is well known for holding National Hunt races, and has a total of nine racedays each year. The races commence in May during the Whit Holiday weekend, and run all through to the August Bank Holiday weekend. Its main circuit measures about one mile, and its most unique feature is that it has the longest run-in in the country, measuring up to over 4 furlongs. The steeplechase course is well-structured with a total of 6 fences, inclusive of water jumps and open ditches. It is designed in a way that its tracks are narrow with stiff fences and sharp bends, making it challenging and
thus suitable for horses specialized in front running courses.

Racing at Cartmel racecourse dates back to the 12th century, when it was started by the monks. However, it was until the year 1856 when official race meetings were held. The course saw a steady growth since then as the local land owners were in support of it. Racing came to a sudden halt following the outbreak of World War 2, but later, towards the second half of the 20th century it had resumed back to its normal activities. It made a strong comeback as it expanded its racing programs and made it more professional. In 1925, Cartmel racecourse dropped all other races and adhered to the National Hunt races.

Despite its small size, the racecourse has recorded a tremendous crowd attendance of over 20,000 people in a day. It has two public enclosures and a grandstand that offers different packages of dining and viewing options. Besides racing, Cartmel also hosts a wide range of events and functions. In 2014, it won a showcase award for Corporate Social Responsibility, which recognized its role in involving the local community in its activities.

Newcastle Racecourse Newcastle racecourse is a horse racing track located in Gosforth Park, Newcastle. It was opened in 1882, and is owned and operated by the Arena Racing Company. The left-handed course is seated on an 812 acre piece of land, just five miles from Newcastle’s city center. It is one of the busiest racecourses in the United Kingdom. Last
year, it hosted a total of 62 race meetings. Newcastle is among the few racecourses that hosts both National Hunt and flat races. It is not only a horse racing venue, but also a conference and events venue. The racecourse
shares its facilities with the Parklands Golf Club.

Racing in Newcastle began in the 17th century. Its first venue was in Killingworth, and then later shifted to Town Moor, where its first recorded race was held in 1833. The racecourse then changed its venue again in 1881 to High Gosforth Park. In 2002, the racecourse’s turnover greatly increased from 2.5 million Euros to 6.5 million Euros. This was after a Scottish businessman named David Williamson became its managing director. He played a major role in transforming its  fortunes. In 2013, the Arena Racing Company made plans to modify the course into an all-weather one. The changes were completed in 2016.

The most notable races held at Newcastle are the Eider Chase and the Burradon Stakes. The Eider Chase is a National Hunt race run over a distance of 6,549 meters. During the race, a total of 25 fences are jumped. It is scheduled to take place every February, and was first run in 1952. The Burradon Stakes on the other hand allows in horses from three years and above. It is run over 1,614 metres, and happens every March. The race was inaugurated in 2017, and named after Burradon, a nearby village.This gives it a local touch and has worked wonders to bring in the crowds.

Kelso racecourse Kelso course is a horse racing track in Kelso in Scotland. It was opened in 1822, and is famous for hosting National Hunt races. The racecourse is owned and managed by Kelso Races Ltd. Kelso stages a significant number of fixtures annually from September all through to May. During the racedays, variety of tickets and packages are offered. This includes the Track to Track deal, which gives the racegoers a means of transport to and from Tweedbank station, making it unnecessary for them to use their own cars, thus saving up on fuel. The racecourse has been branded as Britain’s Friendliest Racecourse. It has two tracks, the chase track and the hurdle track, both of which are left-handed. The chase track is about 1 mile 600 yards, while the hurdle course is 1 mile 330 yards.

Kelso recorded its first race meeting in 1734. The race took place at Caverton Edge. The racetrack was later moved to Berrymoss which is its current venue. Its foundation stone was laid on the 12th of July 1822. The racecourse used to host flat races until 1888 when it changed to National Hunt after the United Border Hunt moved there. Its grandstand was designed in 1778 and erected in 1822. It has a private viewing point for races, which has remained unchanged since its construction.

The most notable races staged at Kelso racecourse are the Morebattle Hurdle and the Premier Kelso Hurdle. The Morebattle Hurdle takes place each February, and allows in horses at the age of four or more. It takes place over 3,644 metres. The race started in 1988. Premier Kelso Hurdle on the other hand takes place every late February or early March. The first run happened in 1990, and just like the Morebattle, the distance is 3,644 metres.

 

Over the years,Kelso has estalished itself as a mainstay of Scottish horse racing, and that reputation is put to test every year.