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Cotswold Racecourses

Part of the allure of the Cotswolds to trainers like Andy Hobbs and David Dennis is the close proximity of several top quality racecourses. Within an easy commute of almost anywhere in the region, there are a variety of flat and National Hunt courses both large and small where trainers can give their horses a run out in low-key fixtures, or even target some of the biggest feature events in the English horseracing calendar.

This is our overview of the six racecourses which make the Cotswolds such a perfect area for thoroughbred horse training:

Cheltenham Racecourse:

Cheltenham Racecourse is known as the home of National Hunt racing. It is located in a picturesque amphitheatre just outside the spa town of Cheltenham. It boasts two fantastically challenging National Hunt circuits, the Old Course, and the New Course and is home to a huge number of profile races.

The undoubted highlight of the Cheltenham season is the Cheltenham Festival. Taking place in March every year, this four day event plays host to an unprecedented number of Grade 1 races and other top quality events including the world famous Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Champion Hurdle, the Arkle, and the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

People travel from all over the region, and indeed the world, to enjoy a day at the races at Cheltenham and to have such a challenging and prestigious course on your doorstep is a real asset for local trainers.

To learn more about this world famous racecourse, take a look at www.cheltenham.thejockeyclub.co.uk

Warwick Racecourse:

Located right in the town centre of Warwick and within sight of the famous Warwick Castle, Warwick Racecourse is another high profile National Hunt track which hosts up to 25 meetings a year. It did also host flat racing up until 2014 when an incident in which a horse had to be put down led to the course abandoned that form of racing altogether.

Owned by the Jockey Club, Warwick Racecourse has recently undergone a major refurbishment giving it some of the best facilities in the country and it is aiming to become the country’s best small jumps racecourse in the next five years.

There are a number of big races run at Warwick, many of which are televised, including the Kingmaker Novices’ Chase, the Leamington Novices’ Hurdle, and the Classic Chase.

To find out more about Warwick Racecourse, visit www.warwick.thejockeyclub.co.uk

Salisbury Racecourse:

Salisbury Racecourse play host to flat racing fixtures and is located just four miles from the city of Salisbury in the stunning Wiltshire countryside and overlooking the City and the iconic Cathedral.

It hosts around fifteen race meetings a season, between May and October, and is renowned for hosting young horses which go on to success in the classic races.
Notable races at Salisbury include the Cathedral Stakes, the Stonehenge Stakes, and the Upavon Fillies Stakes.

To find out more, visit www.salisburyracecourse.co.uk

Stratford upon Avon Racecourse:

Stratford Racecourse is without doubt one of the very best small National Hunt Racecourses in the country. It has won awards for the care taken of the track and conditions, and also hosts a brand new glass-fronted grandstand.

There has been racing taking place at Stratford since 1755 and today they host around 18 meetings a season, usually during the summer months. Popular events include Ladies Day and the ever-popular Cheltenham Festival Preview meeting.

Stratford Races always attracts big crowds, buoyed by the number of tourists visiting the town, as well as high quality jockeys and trainers from across the region and beyond. Despite the small size of the course, racing is always intense and competitive.

To find out more information visit www.stratfordracecourse.net

Bath Racecourse:

Bath Racecourse is also idyllically situated, being located on Lansdown Hill overlooking the spectacular Georgian city. It is Britain’s highest Flat racecourse and there is a record of racing taking place on the site since 1728.

Today it is home to around 20 high quality meetings each year a variety of weekday, weekend and evening fixtures. Notable races include the Lansdown Fillies Stakes and the Dick Hern Fillies Stakes.

They can offer excellent hospitality and sponsorship packages and for non-racedays are also a venue for events such as conferences, weddings, exhibitions or private parties.

For more details visit www.bath-racecourse.co.uk

Worcester Racecourse:

The closest racecourse to Tyre Hill Stables, Worcester Racecourse is located by the River Severn in the heart of the city. A former flat racing venue, it now only hosts National Hunt meetings, including a number of notable races such as the Worcester Stakes and the Gold Cup.

There is a record of racing being held here since 1718 making it one of the oldest courses in the country. Its location makes it prone to flooding, but it is still one of the most popular racecourses in the region, attracting large crowds, particularly to its theme days which include Countryside Alliance Day, Family Fun Day with Noddy and Big Ears, and Ladies Day.

For more information, visit www.worcester-racecourse.co.uk