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Salisbury Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

Salisbury Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located near the cathedral city of Salisbury in the heart of Wiltshire, England. The flat racecourse hosts about 15 meetings each year from May through to October.

The Group 3 Sovereign Stakes flat race, introduced in 2000, is one of Salisbury’s most popular events. The course is regarded as an excellent proving ground and many horses have gone on to become very successful after impressing at Salisbury.

Horse racing activity has been taking place in the Salisbury area since the middle of the 16th century. Throughout history, many special horses have won at the course such as Gimcrack (1768), who was also famous for appearing on George Stubbs paintings; Eclipse (1769), Sun Chariot (1941) and Mill Reef (1970) to name just a few. Salisbury Racecourse as we know it today was created in 1899 and continues to be favoured by top trainers.

One famous mount from the course’s history was the Irish thoroughbred racehorse known as Sun Chariot. The filly ran her first race at Salisbury Racecourse in 1941, and went on to become hugely successful. Sun Chariot also produced a number of successful off-spring such as Blue Train, Laudau and Pindari, who was victorious at the King Edward VII Stakes as well as at the Great Voltigeur Stakes. The talented jockey, Lester Piggott, rode his first race at the young age of twelve 12 at Salisbury Racecourse. He went on to win flat racing’s Top Jockey title 11 times and achieved numerous Epsom Derby victories. In total, he won well over 4,000 races. The famous American jockey called Steve Cauthen made his British debut at the course in 1979.

During the 1970s, champion thoroughbreds Mill Reef and Brigadier Gerard won races at Salisbury Racecourse, as did Sir Percy in 2005. The Sovereign Stakes has always been an excellent event for developing horses. In addition to lots of famous horses, the venue has welcomed many top trainers and jockeys over the years and continues to be a popular venue today.

Salisbury Racecourse offers superb facilities including the Course Enclosure, the Bibury Enclosure and the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure. There are on-site betting and Tote facilities along with plenty of parking spaces, eateries and bars. All of the enclosures provide panoramic views over the race course and there is a huge TV screen showing all the action.

Tickets for a full day of racing start at just £6 and cost no more than £20 for access to all of the enclosures. Bars on the grounds, most of which serve food, include the Bibury, Wessex and Persian Punch bars, the Paddock Bar, the open-terraced Lester Piggott Bar, the Tattersalls Bar, next to the bookmakers; and the Sarum Bar beneath the Course Enclosure viewing stand. Mobile catering units can also be found on site.

Ticket prices are very reasonable suit most pockets. There are many bars on-site, some of which also serve food and there are an array of fast food stalls to choose from.

Major events include the Betfred Family Race Day in May, EBF Margdale Fillies Day, the Ashbrittle Stud Bibury Cup in June, Ladies Evening in July, the Salisbury Splendour in August, the Arabian Horse Racing in September and the Bathwick Tyres Reduced Admission Race Day at the end of the racing calendar in October.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind