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.