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Southwell Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

The thoroughbred horse racing venue known as Southwell Racecourse is located in close proximity to the market town of Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, England. The course is nestled within Nottinghamshire’s beautiful countryside and features a turf course as well as an all-weather fibersand track, of which there are only five in the U.K. Southwell Racecourse is one of the most popular racecourses in the country. The venue hosts both flat and National Hunt racing with some 70 days of racing per annum. In the early years, riding conditions at Southwell Racecourse were very difficult; however, despite these issues, the course was officially opened in 1886. The first official race took place sometime later, in 1898, and in 1897, plans were drawn up for a new track. Later, in 1965, a new enclosure was built and the all-weather track was opened in 1989. The first all-weather National Hunt race occurred within the same year.

Southwell Racecourse has been acclaimed for five decades or so for its state-of-the art track surface. National Hunt Jumping only takes place on the turf course with a few events under both codes however the facility is primarily used for its all-weather flat racing on the fibersand track which is advantageous ideal for horses of great stamina.

Over the years, many trainers and jockeys have gained positive experiences on both surfaces at Southwell Racecourse. A talented female jockey called Hayley Turner, who grew up in the area, rode her first race at the venue in 2000, and has become closely associated with the establishment.

The UKs biggest racecourse group, Arena Racing Company, own and manage 15 racecourses throughout the country, including Southwell Racecourse. The company was formed in 2012, when Northern Racing and Arena Leisure plc merged, forming the ARC. The course remains one of only five offering all-weather facilities, the others being Lingfield Park, Wolverhampton, Kempton Park and Chelmsford.

Southwell Racecourse hosts a minimum of 70 meetings per annum with races taking place every month of the year. The racing calendar begins with New Year’s Day All-Weather event followed by all-weather afternoon racing and jump racing throughout the rest of January.

Other highlights include Farmers Day in February, the Cheltenham Double Header in March, Easter Sunday Funday and All-Weather Afternoon Racing in April, Countryside Evening in May, Ladies Evening in June, Family Fun Day in July, Ladies Day in August, Afternoon Jumps Racing in September, Afternoon Jump Racing and All-Weather racing in October and November, and Gentleman’s Day in December.

The main facilities at Southwell Racecourse include the Premier Enclosure which gives race goers the opportunity to access all of the visitor areas. The Grandstand Enclosure allows for access to most of the ground floor areas. Both enclosures provide TOTE and Ladbrokes betting services and there are further trackside bookies. Regarding dress code, the Premier Enclosure and hospitality zones do not permit visitors to wear trainers, shorts or T-shirts; however, casual wear is allowed in the Grandstand Enclosure. Southwell Racecourse offers a vast choice of eating and drinking options. The Pantry serves traditional homemade food. The Fish & Chip Shop comes highly recommended. The Minster Bar can be found on the upper floor of the Premier Enclosure, where panoramic views can be enjoyed. The Sherwood Bar provides a warm and cosy pub atmosphere and also provides screen coverage of the racing action. The Castle Bar has a wonderful selection of lagers and draught beers, as well as hot meals from its delicious carvery bar. Of course, there is also a Coffee Shop on site.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind
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