About Hamilton Park Racecourse
Hamilton Park Racecourse is located in Hamilton, Scotland. It’s the closest racecourse to Glasgow, being only 15 miles south of the city. Hamilton Park Racecourse is also one of the oldest racecourses in Scotland too! The venue first opened its doors in 1782; however, it gained notoriety in 1947 when it became the first racecourse to hold an evening fixture! This isn’t the only record it has in this regard either; in 1971 Hamilton also became the first racecourse to host a morning meeting!
The course itself has a fairly distinct style. Its shape looks like one long sprint with two loops at either end. It’s known for having steep gradients and sharp turns, so don’t be fooled into thinking this is an easy track either!
Despite its long history, Hamilton Park Racecourse doesn’t actually have that many notable races! This is quite a surprise given the calibre of artists the racecourse attracts. Singers such as Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Alesha Dixon, and Danni Minogue have all performed here!
However, if you’re just here for the racing, then the time to go would be in July. This is when the Glasgow Stakes runs, the racecourse’s biggest race! The Glasgow Stakes is a Flat race open to three-year-olds over a distance of 2.25km. The race offers a purse of £35k with Frankie Dettori being a three-time champion!
As you might expect then, it’s the facilities here that steal the show. This racecourse is more of an entertainment venue than just about any other. They have their own Hilton attached to the venue; there are private boxes, not to mention lots of restaurants and bars! If you’re looking for something to blow you away that isn’t the racing, you’re most likely to find it at Hamilton Park Racecourse!