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Chepstow Racecourse

Published on: 03/09/2016

Chepstow Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue based in the town of Chepstow in Monmouthshire, Wales. The facility hosts both flat and jump racing on its two-mile left-handed oval circuit. There are 29 fixtures each year including the showpiece Welsh Grand National race in December.

In 1923, 10 businessmen from South Wales invested in Chepstow’s Piercefield Park with the intention of creating a new racecourse. Three years later, this vision became a reality when Chepstow Racecourse opened to the public for the first time. On the opening day in 1926, there were 20,000 enthusiastic horse racing fans present to celebrate the grand occasion. Originally established in 1895, the Welsh Grand National relocated to Chepstow racecourse after World War Two. Following the move in 1949, the famous jockey and author, Dick Francis won the very first Chepstow race on a horse called Fighting Line. Between 1959 and 1961, jockey David Nicholson famously rode three consecutive winners in the event. Since the 1980s, the race has been sponsored by the major bookmaker Coral.

Over the years, other high profile National Hunt Events were added to Chepstow’s racing calendar. For example, the Grade 2 Persian War Novices Hurdle, which is a two-mile and four furlong event, named after Champion Hurdle winner, Persian War. The Finale Juvenile Hurdle Grade 1 event is scheduled as part of the Welsh National meeting and the Tote Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle is another highly anticipated event which takes place in October.

Chepstow Racecourse has seen many trainers achieve amazing success throughout its history. Jenny Pittman (the first woman to train a Grand National Winner) enjoyed success there, while Somerset’s Martin Pipe dominated Chepstow in the 1980’s and 90’s. Leading trainer Paul Nicholls has also been a prominent presence in recent years. Now retired, jockey Peter Scudamore famously rode four Welsh National winners in his career.

The Premier Enclosure offers the best seating on race days and demands a smart to casual dress code. The top-class silks restaurant can be found on the first floor and diners can enjoy far-reaching views across the Wye Valley as well as the racecourse itself. The Premier Bar serves an extensive selection of beers and ales as well as other refreshments. The Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure offers standard seating and features “The Grill” where food and drinks are served. In fact, there are an array of bars and restaurants throughout the facility including traditional fish and chips outlets.

Tickets prices start at around £20 but are slightly cheaper when booked in advance. Under 18’s can enjoy fee admission provided that they are accompanied by an adult. Senior citizens receive a £5 discount.

Published on: 03/09/2016 © Bet Bind
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