About Salisbury Racecourse
Salisbury Racecourse is a racecourse just a few miles south of the city of Salisbury, Wiltshire. It’s around 30 miles south of Southampton and Bournemouth, the two biggest areas in the region. As a result, Salisbury Racecourse is one of the smaller racecourses in the country. Despite this though they still punch well above their weight in many areas. So much so that we’d argue this is one racecourse you don’t want to miss out on!
Salisbury Racecourse can also boast being one of the oldest in the country. Racing began at the racecourse in 1584 and has seen many big names over the years. Those names include Winston Churchill, who first raced Colonist II here in 1949!
Salisbury Racecourse offers a right-handed loop course roughly one mile in length. It comes with a run-in of 7 furlongs and features a steady rise one way and a steady decline the other. So while the bend is tighter than most, this is also a quicker track overall.
Salisbury Racecourse is home to a handful of notable races which all take place during the summer. It’s towards the end of summer that you’ll find the biggest races here though. They include the Sovereign Stakes and the Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes.
The Sovereign Stakes is a Group 3 Flat race open to horses aged three or older. It has a distance of one mile and comes with a prize pool of £37k! A month later in September, the Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes takes place. This is a Group 3 Flat open to 2-year-old females only. It has a distance of 6 furlongs and comes with a prize pool of £31.5k!
The oldest big race at Salisbury Racecourse was the King’s Plate, which astonishedly began in 1723! Unfortunately, this race no longer takes place!