Fontwell racecourse is a horse racing track located in the spectacular surroundings of Fontwell, England. It was opened in 1924, and is owned by Arena Racing Company. The racecourse is well known for hosting National Hunt races, offering a total of 24 meetings each year. It is seated on a 65-acre piece of land in the South Coast with an amazingly thrilling atmosphere, a major reason as to why it is the most preferred destination to most racegoers. Fontwell has been voted for as the most attractive and best small racecourse in the South East 19 times in a row.
The racecourse was founded by Alfred Day, a racehorse trainer who had visited Hermitage in 1887. His passion for racing drove him. After several years of familiarizing himself with the area, he finally managed to purchase land by the end of 1924, enough to build a racecourse. With support from the local community, he obtained a license from Jockey Club and opened Fontwell racecourse. On May 21st of the same year was when the racecourse hosted its first meeting. A huge crowd turned up, which was impressive considering the fact that the racecourse had not held any meetings previously. In its first year, it held a total of four race meetings. The numbers kept increasing over the years to today’s 24.
The most notable race run at Fontwell is the National Spirit Hurdle. It is a National Hunt race, and takes place each late February or early March. The race is run over 3,852 metres with a total of ten hurdles. It was inaugurated in 1965 with horses aged four years and above taking part in it. This year, the racecourse is set to host a significant number of fixtures. For example, on the 16th of June will be the Gentlemen’s Evening. This will be a perfect
day out for friends. The best dressed gents will be awarded.
Exeter racecourse is a horse racing track located in Exeter, England. It is owned and managed by the Jockey Club Racecourses, and is well known for hosting National Hunt races. It is seated on Haldon Hill, giving it a perfect view down towards the Darmatoor. The racecourse is considered a prestigious racecourses in the South West of
England. It is the 2nd longest track in the country with an approximate length of 2 miles. At 850 feet above the sea level, the racecourse is engulfed by a cool climate making it a great venue to enjoy horse racing from.
Horse racing in the track dates back to the 17th century, making it an old racecourse in the country. Over the years, its popularity increased significantly, and by early 19th century, it had attracted crowds from all over the country. However, racing came to a sudden halt during the outbreak of the World War 2 but later resumed back to normal. In 1911, an architect called Archibald designed a new grandstand in the racecourse, having a total capacity of 600 people. Later in 2006, three other stands were built, increasing its carrying capacity. In 1st November 2005, the racecourse experienced a sad incident whereby Best Mate, a racehorse died of heart attack while racing.
The most notable race held in Exeter is the Haldon Gold Cup. This race is scheduled to take place late October or early November of every year. It is open to horses aged three years and above, and run over a total distance of 3,520 meters, equivalent to 2 miles and 1 furlong with twelve fences to be jumped. Exeter racecourse, apart from being a racing track is a venue for many other activities such as exhibitions, conferences and weddings. It offers a wide
variety of hospitality packages to facilitate a comfortable stay for both individuals and families.
Chelmsford city racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing track located in Great Leighs, England. Having been opened in the year 2008, it is the newest racing venue in England. It is owned by the Betfred Company, and is a venue for flat polytrack races.
Initially, the racecourse was owned and developed by John Holmes, an entrepreneur. Its core aim was to exploit the British horseracing market. It was set to open up in October 2006, but was deferred due to a number of reasons. On the 20th of April 2008 was when the racecourse held its first race meeting. However, there was no invited audience to the meeting. The race was won by Temple of Thebes. It was until May of the same year when the racecourse held its first race meeting with full public attendance. Chelmsford racecourse faced a major setback in 2009 when its racing license was revoked. This was because the parties that had made bids for the racecourse did not have enough funds to run it.
The course officially reopened on the 11th of January 2015, with a crowd of approximately 800 people in attendance. Many people praised the condition of its racing facilities, but also criticized it for the incomplete hospitality facilities. It was fully opened for public attendance on the 22nd of the same month. Since then, Chelmsford has been developing gradually. Last year, it announced its plans to set up a casino as well as develop another turf course inside the tracks.
This year, a series of events are scheduled to take place in the racecourse. For example, on the 20th of April will be the Beer Festival. This event will be grazed with live music and a selection of different beers for people to try. Gates will be opening from 2pm and closing at 10pm. The racecourse provides fantastic facilities, guaranteeing an enjoyable race day.
Uttoxeter racecourse is a horse racing track located in Uttoxeter, England. It is owned and operated by Northern Racing, and is well-known for its National Hunt races. The course was opened in 1905. Back then, it only hosted a total of 5 race meetings each year, which is a small number compared to today’s 25. It is left-handed, and measures up to one mile in circumference. Being located on the border of Derbyshire and Staffordshire, the racecourse can easily be accessed through the M1 and M6, thus attracting a good number of people to its race meetings. Apart from being a horse racing venue, Uttoxeter offers a venue for all sorts of outdoor and indoor activities ranging from weddings, exhibitions and even conferences.
Racing at Uttoxeter dates back to early 1900s, when horse racing had become a popular sport in England. Its first grandstand was built in 1907. It was opened by a company which had been formed to manage Keele Park racecourse, after the racecourse ceased to operate. It remained fully functional with 2 races happening in May, 2 in October, and 1 in December. It however closed down in 1914 due to the outbreak of World War 1. Racing later resumed in 1921, with only four races taking place that year. The most notable race run there is Midlands Grandstand National, which
takes place every March. It is a handicap steeplechase race, with horses running over a distance of 4 miles and one furlong.
This year, the racecourse will stage a significant number of meetings. On Saturday the 19th of May will be the Music Live 2018. Heaven 17, a pop band will be performing and tickets will be going for 30 Euros. On the 27th of May will be the Great British Family Fun day. It will be the racecourse’s first family fun day in 2018, and is set to be quite the rage.