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Perth Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

Perth Racecourse is a horse racing venue located near to the town of Perth in Scotland, it is the most northerly race course in Britain. The course circumference is 10 furlongs and it travels in a right-handed direction. The steeplechase course has eight fences in each circuit plus a water jump adjacent to the grandstand. The hurdle course starts on the inside, away from the stands, and then changes to the outside of the chase course with a turn into the finishing run. Perth Racecourse hosts 16 fixtures meetings each year from April until September. The three-day Perth Festival along with the Festival Chase is particularly popular.

Perth has a long and rich history of horse racing. In 1613, the first race was run under the name The Silver Bell. During the 18th century, Charles Edward Stuart (aka Bonnie Prince Charlie) enjoyed horse racing at the Perth site and the equine venue was officially added to the racing calendar.

The Gold Cup Day is one of Perth Racecourse’s longest running events, having been enjoyed for nearly 200 years. In 1818, the six-day Caledonian Gold Cup was initiated, and featured a total of 12 races. The important Perth Meeting was mentioned in the Chamber’s Journal in 1906, despite the fact that none of the fixtures at that time were conducted according to Jockey Club Rules.

The racecourse was relocated to Scone Palace Park in 1908. Robert the Bruce and Macbeth were crowned in the vicinity and the area hasn’t altered much over the years. At first, racing activity comprised of a two-day affair in September; however, more fixtures were added until a total of 13 race days were on offer. Many famous people have attended Perth Racecourse throughout history, including Her Majesty the Queen Mother, who visited on two separate occasions.

At a distance of three miles and seven furlongs, the Press & Journal Highland National is the longest race hosted at Perth Racecourse. There are 20 fences and the meeting is part of the Perth Festival. The two-day September fixture known as the Glorious Finale Meeting is one of the venues oldest races. Today, June’s Perth Gold Cup jumps race is one of the UKs most important competitions.

Today, Perth Racecourse provides a host of facilities including the Grandstand Enclosure, parade ring, winners’ area, private suites, restaurants, bars and cafes. Various ticket prices are available for purchase as well as all-inclusive packages.

Unlike other racing venues in the region, Perth Racecourse permits picnics and barbeques in designated areas. There is ample parking and children aged 18 or under can benefit from free entry.

The venue boasts an array of eateries including fast food bars, a Fish & Chip Shop, the Club Restaurant and the Galileo Restaurant. There are also several tea and coffee houses to be enjoyed.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind
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