About Uttoxeter Racecourse
Uttoxeter Racecourse is a racecourse located in the market town of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. It’s about 20 miles west of Derby and 35 miles north of Birmingham. While this is one of the UK’s smaller racecourses, it did gain notoriety in 1997 thanks to its chairman Sir Stanely Clarke. His horse Lord Gyllene was the Grand National winner at Aintree that year.
Uttoxeter Racecourse hosts racing all-year-round although it’s on a turf surface. The course runs left-handed and is oval-shaped with one of the straights uniquely in a zig-zag style. It has a reputation for being a challenging course to ride in the winter due to the gruelling conditions. While the fences are no higher than other tracks, they frequently see casualties towards the end of a race. The races at Uttoxeter require a lot of stamina, therefore it’s the fatigue that causes most of these falls.
Uttoxeter Racecourse hosts two major races every year, one in the spring and the other in summer. In the summer they have the aptly named Summer Cup. This is a steeplechase event open to horses aged five or older which runs over three miles and two furlongs. The race used to be four miles long; however, it has been reduced twice over the last decade to its current distance. The Summer Cup comes with a prize pool of £25k!
The biggest race every year is the Midlands Grand National which takes place in March. It’s a handicap steeplechase which runs over 4 miles and two furlongs. The first Midlands Grand National ran in 1969 and today comes with a prize pool of £150k! Moreover, the race attracts a lot of top talent and has had previous winners, including Richard Johnson, the second most prolific winner in the history of national hunt racing!