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Thirsk Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

The thoroughbred horse racing venue known as Thirsk Racecourse can be found in the market town of Thirsk, in North Yorkshire, England. The course is left-handed and oval in shape, covering a distance of a mile and a quarter. It has a finishing straight of three furlongs and a six-furlong chute. Thirsk Racecourse only stages flat racing and hosts some 17 fixtures each year from April until September. Significant races are the Classic Trial in April and the Thirsk Hunt Cup in May.

In 1612, King James I bestowed a Gold Cup prize for a racing event that was staged in the Hambleton Hills area of Thirsk. Racing ceased at this location in 1775; however, thoroughbreds continued to be trained at the location. In 1855, Squire Frederick Bell provided space for racing to be hosted at his Thirsk Hall Estate. In fact, the location at which Thirsk Racecourse is hosted today is still owned by the Bell family.

During the later part of the 19th century, Thirsk Racecourse experienced a number of highlights such as the introduction of the exciting 300 Guineas Stakes which attracted huge crowds of spectators and welcomed thoroughbreds trained in the South of England. Fred Archer, the famous champion jockey competed at Thirsk Racecourse and claimed two victories at the venue in 1844. Another significant happening occurred in 1895, when the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII, visited the Autumn Meeting. The Royal Pavilion was created in his honour.

Thirsk Racecourse underwent major improvement works in 1923, which included the renovation of the track. In 1939, Doncaster Racecourse closed due to World War II and the St. Leger Stakes had to be relocated to Thirsk Racecourse. This effectively turned the venue into a “Classic” racecourse.

Thirsk Racecourse is considered to be one of the UK’s most picturesque courses, with its immaculately kept lawns, beautiful gardens and its fine architecture. The venue has acquired a first-class reputation for its modern facilities and excellent competitive flat racing fixtures. Indeed, over the years, a number of highly-regarded trainers and jockeys alike have enjoyed much success at the track. Thirsk Racecourse has gradually introduced extra racing days into its calendar and today the venue stages some 17 meetings. The traditional ”Spring Saturdays” fixture at the start of the racing season id soon followed by highly anticipated summer meetings such as the Pirates Family Day and Wimbledon Wednesday, while Ladies Day in September and the Finale Meeting end the season in style. Thirsk Racecourse has three Enclosures, the Premier, Paddock and the Family Enclosure. The Premier Enclosure is very smart and provides excellent views along with access to the parade ring, winner’s enclosure and finishing line. The prestigious Premier Enclosure offers fine dining options and a variety of bars to choose from. The Paddock Enclosure also referred to as the Tattersalls Enclosure provides grandstand viewing and access to the parade ring and winner’s enclosure. The Paddock Enclosure also offers the betting ring, and betting shop as well as many Totepool betting windows. The Family Enclosure includes grandstand viewing, a betting ring and Totepool betting windows. Also situated here is a wonderful children’s playground area.

Thirsk Racecourse boasts a wide range of package options, such as Private Hospitality Packages, the Celebration Package, Ladies Day Lawn Marquee Premier Package, The Shrimp & Stirrup Seafood Bar & Lawn Package, the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea Package and The Punters Pal Package. There are a number of restaurants on site including the Hambleton Restaurant and the Thomas Lord Suite Dine and View Restaurant.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind
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