About Thirsk Racecourse
Thirsk Racecourse is a racecourse located in the market town of Thirsk, North Yorkshire. It’s about 23 miles north of York and 25 miles south of Middlesbrough. It has excellent transportation links to Leeds, Manchester, and Newcastle as well. So race days are packed with fans from all over the north of England!
Racing began in Thirsk in the early 1700s. However, it wasn’t until 200 years later in 1923 that it moved to its current location. One of Thirsk Racecourse’s biggest claims to fame was staging the infamous St Leger in 1940 as a wartime substitute.
Thirsk Racecourse only offers Flat racing at its venue. The track oval-shaped with a run-in of half a mile. The main part of the course, however, is slightly over 2km in length. The turns here are relatively easy, and the course is mostly flat. The only challenging part of the course is the run-in which has slight undulations throughout. Overall, it’s a quick course that allows horses to hit their top speeds.
Thirsk Racecourse doesn’t have a lot of notable races throughout the year. However, there is one that stands out amongst the rest: the Thirsk Hunt Cup! This is a Class 2 race which takes place every year around the start of May. It’s a race which is open to older horses and lasts for about a mile. This comes with a prize pool of £40k which is the largest sum at Thirsk.
Thirsk also stages a Conditions stake which runs over six furlongs. Again this is open to older horses and takes place in April. Thirsk is in close proximity to the Malton and Middleham training centres. So it tends to be a firm favourite with Northern trainers. As a result, you often see higher quality horses than you otherwise would in their races!