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Uttoxeter Racecourse

Published on: 03/12/2016

Located in Staffordshire, England Uttoxeter Racecourse is one of the West Midland’s best-known landmarks. The oval-shaped track covers a distance of one mile and two and-a-half furlongs and is designed specifically for jumps. The horse racing venue stages some 25 race meetings each year. National Hunt Meetings take place during the winter and jumps are scheduled throughout the summer months. Uttoxeter Racecourse is easily accessible as the Uttoxeter Railway Station is located next to the facility and there are also major road links nearby.

In the early part of the 20th century, Keele Park Racecourse shut down. As a result a Racecourse company was founded, taking over the licence, and plans were made to create a new course in Uttoxeter. In 1907, all of the work was finished and five race meetings were arranged within the first year of the track opening. The Club rapidly acquired 100 members and the racing events attracted rich people and notable sportsmen. Horse racing activity at Uttoxeter stopped during World War I and World War II. This was followed by another setback following a dispute with a local farmer (who owned some of the land where the racecourse was built) regarding the lease. The issue was eventually resolved when the Uttoxeter Council, with help from the local community, purchased the disputed land. In 1952, the racecourse resumed as normal and later in 1966, benefitted from a substantial amount of renovation work.

The Midlands Grand National Handicap Steeplechase was founded in 1969. The Listed National Hunt Race was held in March and covered a distance of four miles and two furlongs. It went on to become one of the area’s most prestigious meetings and many fine jumpers competed at the course such as Rag Trade, who claimed victory over the race in 1976. As did Aintree’s Grand National winner Lord Gyllene in 1997. Uttoxeter Racecourse has welcomed many talented jockeys over the years and has hosted many of the most important horse racing events of the last millennium.

Uttoxeter Racecourse has been under several different ownerships throughout its history. In 1988, the facility was purchased by Sir Stanley Clarke CBE who had obtained the venue from the East Staffordshire District Council. It was managed by his Northern Racing Holding Company until 2012, when it was merged with Arena Racing Company.

Uttoxeter Racecourse provides spectacular horse racing activity throughout the whole year from January until December. The venue frequently welcomes first-class performers. Notable races include the Midlands Grand National, which takes place in March; the Britannia English Summer National, which is part of the John Smiths Summer Cup Festival in June; Ladies Night, which also takes place in June; the James Bond Race day, organised in October; and the Marston’s Beer Festival, which takes place the following month. The racecourse’s stands are particularly near to the track and this helps to create a lively atmosphere. All of the Hospitality packages include Premier admission, race day programmes, tote betting facilities and spectacular far-reaching views over the racecourse and the parade ring. There are gold, silver or platinum packages on offer with various options and prices. Uttoxeter Racecourse is home to several fine restaurants such as the 1907 Panoramic Restaurant which offers an a la carte menu. In addition, there is the Hoops Bistro & Champagne Bar, while Silks Restaurant provides buffet-style meals and also serves typical English food.

Uttoxeter Racecourse has an array of hospitality services on offer and caters for all sorts of different functions. There are luxury marquees on site and two high standard restaurants to choose from. In addition to the fine dining options there is a fish and chip shop, a pizza restaurant and several coffee bars.

Published on: 03/12/2016 © Bet Bind
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