About Chester Racecourse
Chester Racecourse lies near the city centre of Chester, County Cheshire. Chester Racecourse is currently recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest racecourse still in operation. According to them, racing first began here in 1539. So if you’re looking for a deep and rich history, there are deeper than here! According to experts, racing first started here in 1539. Now Chester Racecourse offers Flat racing throughout the season.
Interestingly Chester Racecourse has one more title for a claim to fame. It also has the smallest course in the country too! Chester runs left-handed and has a distance of around one-mile, one-furlong. The track is circular in shape, and the small size means the bends are rather sharp. As a result, Chester Racecourse is one of the more challenging courses for new horses.
You would think the world’s oldest racecourse would have a few notable races, and thankfully it does! There are six of them in total, and they all take place during their May festival. Two races take place on Wednesday, two on Thursday, and then two on Friday! These are all Flat races with a few at Group 2 and Group 3.
The final race at their May meeting is their most prestigious. This is the Chester cup, and it’s a handicap race open to horses aged four and older. There’s a £150,000 purse for this race with around £92k going to the winner.
If you’re interested in visiting Chester Racecourse(and you should) plan your visit. Chester offers multiple restaurants at their venue, including restaurant and private dining options. There are bars, boxes, enclosures, picnic areas, and places for the kids—everything to make it a worthwhile experience for the whole family.
Overall, it’s hard not to love Chester Racecourse. There’s a rich history, a handful of big races each year, and a world-class venue!