Warwick Racecourse  Warwick racecourse is located in Hampton Street, Warwick. It is one of England’s most ancient racecourses having been founded in 1808. The racecourse is famous for its National Hunt races, and is owned by Jockey Club Racecourses. Recently, the racecourse experienced major changes as its ancient stalls were demolished to allow the erection of new facilities. A modern nine-hole golf course together with a golf driving range was built to diversify its activities. Next to the racecourse is a parking lot that is just five minutes away from town, making it
easily accessible.

 

The course used to host both flat racing and National Hunt until the year 2014, when it was forced to drop flat racing after an incident whereby a horse fell at the track. This came in as a disappointment to most people, since a number of flat racing fixtures that had been scheduled to take place in Warwick racecourse were transferred to other racecourses. Its final flat racing was held in 26th August, the same year.

 

Warwick racecourse has been hosting a total of 25 meetings each year, Leamington Novices’ Hurdle being famous of them all. The race is a Grade 2 National Hunt, and horses five years and above take part in it. It is scheduled for January of every year, has been taking place since 2002. Another race taking place in Warwick racecourse is the classic chase. It is a Grade 3 National Hunt race, and just like the Leamington Novice’s’ it is opened to horses aged 5 years and above. The race is scheduled for January of every year, and is only for the handicapped. It is run over a distance of 5,883 meters with a total of twenty four fences for the horses to jump over. This event was officially introduced in the year 2004, and has since then been happening every year.

Taunton Racecourse  Taunton racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing track located at the heart of the rural Orchard Portman. It is only a few miles from Taunton, England. The track opened up in 1927. It is owned by Taunton Racecourse ltd. Having been opened in the early 90s, the track is the youngest of them all in England. It is well known for hosting National Hunt races right from January all through to May, after which it takes a break till October when the races resume. Right handed and oval in shape,Taunton consists of multiple tight bends. It is approximately a mile and 2 furlongs long, which is a common average.

The racetrack has been holding races since 18th century. Its first venue was located in Broomhay, West Monkton, and later relocated to a new site, which is now the King’s College. They however faced a major setback in 1838 when heavy rains destroyed its stables and buildings. This necessitated its transfer to Trull Moor about two years later. The racecourse remained functional for 15 years after which it closed down due to the outbreak of the World War 1. It was then revived in 1927, after the formation of Taunton Racecourse Company. That is when the racecourse was relocated to its current location, Orchard Portman. Shoreditch Selling Hurdle was its first meeting, having have taken place on the 21st of September, 1927. Since then, the racetrack has been hosting a significant number of fixtures every year.

The most anticipated activies start in the beginning of the year, with the famus Hndicap Hurdle being the peak of the events calendar. This event has recorded a good turnout number, with people flocking the Taunton racecourse
to watch the races. Another major event would be Audrey Chudleigh Memorial Handicap Hurdle, taking place every November. The racecourse has good hospitality facilities, guaranteeing a comfortable stay to anyone who visits.

Wolverhampton Racecourse  Wolverhampton racecourse is a horse racing track located in Wolverhampton, England. The racecourse is owned and operated by the Arena Leisure Plc., and hosts flat races. It is left-handed, measuring up to about 1,609 meters in circumference. It is seated on a 22 acre piece of land in the Dunstallpark, 15 miles from Birmingham. The course has a total of 1,500 free car parking spaces, thus making it convenient for racegoers to use their own cars. Wolverhampton was Britain’s first floodlit racecourse. It is among the busiest racecourses, staging a total of 80 fixtures each year.

Racing at Wolverhampton dates back to 1825, and its first venue was at West Park. In 1878, the venue was sold off to the Corporation, and it acquired a new land at Dunstall Park, its current venue. Racing at the new venue first took place on the 13th of August, 1888. In 1993, the racecourse made great improvements to its facilities. Floodlights were installed, and an all-weather track created alongside the turf track. A new grandstand was also built, increasing the racecourse’s carrying capacity. In 2004, a single polytrack was built to replace the turf track and the all-weather track. The hotel and conference facilities were also renovated.

The most notable race held at Wolverhampton is the Lady Wulfruna Stakes. The race first took place in 2002, and is meant for horses aged four years and above. It covers a total distance of 1,441 meters, and is scheduled for every March. It was named after Wulfruna, who is the granddaughter of King Ethelred 1. This year, Wolverhampton has a huge list of meetings lined up in their calendar. On the 18th of May the venue will host the Anthony Joshua Black Panther Ball. Anthony Joshua will be visiting the racecourse for the first time, giving the racegoers a chance to interact with him and know him better.

Towcester Racecourse  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
exhibitions.