Found in the outer London suburb of Sunbury, Kempton Park Racecourse is a venue with great history, dating back to 1878. The biggest and main event, here at Kempton Park, is the traditional Boxing Day feature, which includes the Grade 1 George VI Chase. This race is one of the greatest on the jumps calendar and even authorities were persuaded to save the jumps track so that the meeting was not lost. Annually, over 20,000 people regularly attend the event.
Found in Berkshire, Newbury Racecourse is a charming course, which has been in operation since 1910. Host to many races at the elite level on both the flat and over jumps, the big highlights include the Lockinge Stakes, the Challow Novices’ Hurdle and the famous Hennessy Gold Cup being the main showcase jumps event Winners of the feature race, the Lockinge Stakes include Soviet Line, who won it twice in both 1995 and 1996 with earlier winners including Brigadier Gerard in 1972 and then Kris in 1980.
The most northern racecourse in the UK, Perth Racecourse, is found at the Scone Palace Parklands. Perth Racecourse was originally opened back in 1908, however, horse racing up in Perth has taken place since 1613. It was Lord Mansfield who subsequently offered his own land up for everyone to enjoy the ‘sport of Kings’.
Found in the town of Newmarket in Suffolk, lies Newmarket Racecourse, a British Thoroughbred horse racing venue. Racing at Newmarket Racecourse dates to the era of King James I, in the 17th century. It was King James I who attended Newmarket in this period who set it on its path as the major centre for horse racing. Ever since, Newmarket Racecourse has received the benefit of royal patronage.
Found near Wiltshire, south England, lies Salisbury Racecourse, renowned for its races for two-year-old horses. Here at Salisbury, there has been many great winners. In the 1760’s, local racing fans were given the spectacle of two all-time champions in consecutive years. Gimcrack was victorious here in 1768 and the following year, Eclipse won the City Bowl. Another famous occasion was when twelve-year-old jockey, Lester Piggot, first rode in public at Salisbury in 1948 when he was an apprentice jockey.
Newcastle Racecourse lies at Gosforth Park, just outside of Newcastle and is one of our lovely BEDMAX customers! Over 350 years ago, horse racing began in the north east in Killingworth in the early 17th century. One of the most well-known races held here at Newcastle is the Northumberland Plate, which was first recorded at Town Moor back in 1833 and did so until 1881, which was then transferred to High Gosforth Park.