About Warwick Racecourse
Warwick Racecourse is a racecourse located in the market town of Warwick, Warwickshire. It’s about 25 miles southeast of Birmingham and 12 miles south of Coventry. So this is a busy area of the country that’s horse racing mad! As a result, Warwick Racecourse sees about 4 million fans turn up to its venue every year!
Warwick Racecourse has been around since 1808, however, in 2018 the venue underwent redevelopment. A few years earlier, Jockey Club Racecourses decided to change the venue to Jump racing only. The idea is to turn Warwick Racecourse into one of the UK’s leading small jump courses! With state of the art new facilities and a great track, Warwick Racecourse are well on their way to achieving this too!
The course at Warwick Racecourse runs left-handed and is rectangular with a run-in of around three furlongs. One of the tracks key features is the steady climb at the start of the track. It’s a fast track though which makes it a tough one for novice horses.
Warwick Racecourse is home to three notable races every year. They all take place in the winter, and there are two Grade 2 races and a Grade 3. The Grade 2 races are the Leamington Novice’ Hurdle and the Kingmaker Novice’s Chase. The former runs over 2m 5f and comes with a prize pool of £35k. The Kingmaker is worth slightly less to trainers with a prize pool of £22.5k. This is a two-mile race open to horses aged five or older.
The biggest race every year though is the Classic Chase. Taking place in January, it’s open to horses five and older and runs over 3m 5f. So this is one of the longest races at the venue too. It also had the largest prize pool at Warwick Racecourse too standing at £150k!