About Great Yarmouth Racecourse
Great Yarmouth Racecourse in the town of Great Yarmouth, on the east coast near Norfolk. This is a racecourse with a long history, but it’s also one of the smaller racecourses too. As a result, Great Yarmouth Racecourse only offers a few big race days every year.
Racing first began here back in 1715. However, it wasn’t until a century later that the course gained recognition. Yarmouth Racecourse has always had a quirky reputation offering events like donkey racing!
The track at Great Yarmouth Racecourse is a pretty small one too. Its striking trait is its narrow oval shape. This leads to long sprints with sharp turns. The course runs left-handed and is only around a mile long! In the past, the track had an undulating feature. However, this was removed in 2015, which really sped up the course!
Great Yarmouth Racecourse is only home to one notable race every year. This is the John Musker Fillies’ Stakes which takes place in September. It has a distance of around 2km and is open to females aged three and over. While not the most impressive sum in the world it does have a purse of £45k!
What’s more interesting about Great Yarmouth Racecourse however is it’s proximity to Newmarket. This has led to the racecourse becoming a bit of a training ground for younger horses. Top trainers want to get their younger horses in shape for the county’s big events, and so Great Yarmouth is a great venue. Even top jockeys like Frankie Dettori have raced and won with horses here. As a result, Great Yarmouth Racecourse tends to offer more races for younger horses than usual.
So when you go to Great Yarmouth Racecourse, you should have one thing in mind! To go and scope out the talent of the future!