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Towcester Racecourse

Published on: 03/12/2016

Towcester Racecourse is located in Towcester, a market town in the county of Northamptonshire in the East Midlands of England. The racecourse can be found within the Easton Neston Estate and stages National Hunt race meetings from autumn to spring. The track features sharp bends and an uphill gallop to the finishing post which makes for some unexpected finishes. Most of the race meetings are free to attend with the exception of the popular Closing Day, Easter Sunday and Boxing Day events.

In 1876, Her Imperial Majesty, Elizabeth the Empress of Austria visited the Easton Neston Estate, which boasted beautiful private parklands and stables. The Empress was fond of hunting and an avid rider, and in honour of her stay, a steeple chase meeting was arranged. This led to the Empress organising her own race meeting on Easter Monday in 1876. The event continued to be staged each year thereafter.

Towcester Racecourse in its modern form staged its first race meeting in 1928 following the formation of the Towcester Racecourse Company by the 8th Baronet of Rufford, Sir Thomas Fermor-Hesketh. He provided an area on his estate for a racecourse and a spectator grandstand. The Easton Neston Estate became a popular venue with the local people who flocked to enjoy the annual winter horse racing activities.

Many years later, in 2005, Sir Thomas Alexander Fermor-Hesketh sold the main house on Easton Estate along with various outbuildings and hundreds of acres of land to a business man. He remained the owner of the racecourse and set about improving its facilities. Race attendances at Towcester racecourse grew rapidly as did the profile of the venue. This led to race meetings at the course being broadcast live on SKY TV and in UK betting shops. In 2008, Lord Hesketh decided to put the facility up for sale but it has yet to find a willing buyer. The persistence with a free admission policy has prevented the venue from generating any profit over the last few years.

The racing calendar at Towcester begins in October and ends in May with approximately 17 fixtures taking place. Many top level trainers and jockeys favour the course.

The racecourse offers a range of hospitality and race sponsorship packages. The restaurant serves three-course meals, while the Empress Suite serves four-course meals and afternoon tea. There is also a private Towcester Bet & Tote Facility on site. The Empress and Grace Stands include private balconies and glass-fronted viewing over the entire course to the spectacular Northamptonshire countryside beyond.

Race goers are required to adhere to a smart casual dress code when dining in the restaurants, while the general public must dress appropriately with gentlemen always wearing a shirt regardless of the weather conditions. With the exception of a couple of key meetings, all of the events are free of charge. Children under the age of 16 years can always enter for free.

Published on: 03/12/2016 © Bet Bind