About Perth Racecourse
Perth Racecourse is a racecourse located just a few miles north of Perth, Scotland. It has Dundee 25 miles to the east and Edinburgh 45 miles to the south. So despite being the northernmost track in Britain, it can still draw in big crowds.
While Perth Racecourse opened its doors in 1908, racing has taken place since 1613. Interestingly, it moved to its current location due to a drinking law ban in its previous area. Of course, now there is plenty to drink at one of Perth Racecourse’s many bars! This can be done during the summer months when Perth Racecourse is open for Jump racing!
The track at Perth Racecourse is quite an interesting one. It runs right-handed and is trapeze-shaped with eight fences along the course. It’s also quite a flat race, without any undulations. However, it offers a couple of sharp turns, including a few just after a fence. So it’s not the most straightforward course by any stretch of the imagination. There is one water jump on this course, and fortunately, it’s right in front of the stands!
Unfortunately, Perth Racecourse is one of the smaller racecourses in the country. So it doesn’t see too many big races throughout the year. The biggest race of the year here, however, takes place during the April festival meeting. The three big races at this meeting are:
- Future Champions Novices’ Hurdle
- Old Mout Cider Handicap Chase
- Highland National
Of these three, the Highland National gets the most notoriety. It’s a handicap chase run over 3 miles 7 furlongs. This comes with a prize pool of around £25k.
The other big race at Perth Racecourse takes place in June. This is where you’ll find the Perth Gold Cup, a class 2 race of about three miles. This comes with a prize pool of £83,500!