Brighton Racecourse  The official recognition of Brighton as a racecourse took place in 1783 but there are unofficial accounts of it having races conducted by members of the army at a garrison in the town. The Duke of Cambridge organised the first race but then Prince of Wales (George IV) arrived at the town the next year and from there it gained popularity. He managed this by attracting a number of his aristocratic friends who he knew were big betters.

 

Horseracing led to thedevelopment of the town. When racing, jockeys jumped over sheep pens, and thisled to the concept of hurdles. In 1788, a grand stand was erected but it burnt down on August 23rd 1796. In the 1800s, the place became a playground for the rich but fell down the pecking order after the prince and his friends stopped attending. The railway arrived in Brighton in 1850 and the racecourse became popular again. Renovations were made and a new stand was built. This led to the initiation of the Brighton Cup and it has been running ever since.

 

The racecourse is in Freshfield Road, East Sussex and is situated on Whitehawk Hill . It sits in 20 acres of countryside and is one mile from the ocean, so it offers great ocean views. The track has a horseshoe look that helps it stand out. It has 18 meeting rooms.

 

The racecourse has 21 fixtures every year and the major notable event is the 3-day August Festival. The first day focuses on the Brighton Mile Challenge trophy, the second day is all about the Brighton Challenge Cup and the third is reserved for the Ladies Day, a competition for the best dressed lady.

 

In 2012, Stuart Kittow’s 4-year-old horse won the Brighton Mile Challenge. On Ladies Day, with a fog that brought visibility levels to almost zero, Darryl Holland won the Brighton Challenge cup.

Redcar racecourse  Redcar racecourse is located in Redcar, North Yorkshire, England. The racecourse divides the town right down the middle, which makes it one of the important landmarks around. On a typical race day, fans are treated to action packed racing with the best amenities for a fun family day out.

The racecourse was opened in 1875 prior to which horseracing was held at Coatham in the sands. The oval-shaped track is a left handed, thoroughbred racetrack. The course can get challenging at the bends which are tight. A chute of 3 furlongs leads you to the top bend after which there is a straight course one metre long. This one-metre straight is said to be the only straight in all of UK that is a legitimate ‘Straight Mile.’ The straight is said to be perfectly level.

Race goers can enjoy all the action from the outdoor sitting, which is well organized and recently upgraded to give the whole place an upmarket feel that blends well with the picturesque view of the Cleveland hills. The entire racecourse is well kept with the winners enclosure and the parade ring the most impressive to look at. Sunny days make for splendid racing with the final straight always provides for an enlivening finish to the races.

The racecourse hosts 18 race meetings starting from April and running through October. Each race meeting is an
opportunity for locals and racing fans at large to enjoy the festivities that come with a good race day. Some of the prominent races include the Zetland Gold Cup, Two-Year-Old Trophy and the Guisborough Stakes.

Apart from horseracing, Redcar racecourse also doubles up as a fine venue for all kinds of events. You can always book the facilities for weddings, graduation parties, birthdays, anniversaries and corporate events. Guests cannot run out of food choices when they come to Redcar racecourse. The catering at the racecourse is first-rate and the service staff are pleasant and fast.

 

Dawn Run

Introduction

 

Stylishly named and supremely successful, Dawn Run is a horse with an incredible reputation for a blitzing run of victories and form in the 1980s. a powerful Irish mare, Dawn Run was bred by John Riordan and owned by Charmian Hill. Trained by Paddy Mullins, too, it went on to take an incredible 21 wins across 35 races. The most successful mare in the history of National Hunt racing, Dawn Run is a true legend of the sport.

 

As winner of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in 1984, it also claimed the Gold Cup in 1986. It was also the only horse to win both the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle as a double. Indeed, she was only the second mare in history to win the Champion Hurdle, and won of just four to have lifted the Gold Cup, too.

 

A stellar career was completed by the fact that she took part in English, Irish and French Champion Hurdle treble, too. Such incredible achievements show just why, for many, Dawn Run is one of the favoured horses in recent history.

 

Career Summary

 

Dawn Run was a horse with an incredible career history in flat, hurdle and steeplechase racing. Sadly, the steeplechasing racing began to have major problems for Dawn Run; injured after its first race (which it won), Dawn Run began to suffer from more regular mistakes and injury. Sadly, the horse died at the French Chammpion Hurdle. Michel Chirol was the jockey for the day, and it fell at one of the back straight hurdles, and never managed to get up – it had broken its neck.

 

Its death was front page news on the Irish Times, with a statue placed alongside the parade ring at Cheltenham to mark an exemplary life.

 

Achievements & Highlights

 

Wins – Ascot Hurdle (1983), Christmas Hurdle (1983), Irish Champion Hurdle (1984), Champion Hurdle (1984), Aintree Hurdle (1984), French Champion Hurdle (1984), Durkan Brothers Chase (1985), Cheltenham Gold Cup (1986).

 

Associations – John Riordan, Paddy Mullins, Charmian Hill.

 

Earnings – ?

 

 

 

Jim Crowley  Introduction

 

One of the best things about racing and the circuit in general is the sheer volume and completion that exists across the board. Many star names exist across the sport, but there’s always turnover and change regarding who the best is. With Jim Crowley, you can fully understand why the hype exists: he looks to be one of the next in line of a growing volume of world-class starlets coming through the circuit.

 

Career Summary

 

So far in his career, Crowley has established himself as one of the leading flat jockeys in the British racing scene. The current Champion Jockey, having won the FJCs in 2016, Crowley has become a name well worth remembering for fans of the sport. With a growing list of achievements across a career so far, his Ascot upbringing helped to set the tone for a born jockey.

 

Starting out as an amateur, he switched to National Hunt racing and rode with Sue Smith’ stable. With around 300 winners there before returning back to the flat racing circuit, he rode for his sister-in-law, Amanda Perrett, over at Pulborough. 2010 seen him move over to Ralph Beckett, and since then it’s been success after success.

 

In 2016, he won the title as mentioned above, defeating 2015 Champion Silvestre de Sousa, and breaking the record for monthly victories with a barely believable run of 46 victories across the month of September to help seal his burgeoning reputation.

 

The new number one jockey for Hamdan al-Maktoum, the career path of Jim Crowley looks like it’s only going to continue to shine and grow as time goes on!

 

Achievements & Highlights

 

Major Wins – Prix Jean Prat (2009), King’s Stand Stakes (2011), Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes (2014).

 

Associations – Sue Smith, Amanda Perrett, Ralph Beckett.

 

Earnings – ?