About Wetherby Racecourse
Wetherby Racecourse is a racecourse located in Wetherby, West Yorkshire. It’s about 12 miles west of York, 10 miles southeast of Harrogate, and 15 miles northeast of Leeds. So it central to three large hubs in the region and a reasonably busy venue. Moreover, Wetherby Racecourse was named amongst the top 11 racecourses for race day experience in 2020. Given Wetherby isn’t one of the premier venues in the country, this is quite the achievement! However, when you take a look at their facilities, it’s no surprise either! Wetherby Racecourse has everything from trendy bars and restaurants to private booths and premier enclosures!
Wetherby Racecourse began to offer racing in 1891. Surprisingly, this makes it one of the newest venues in the UK racing scene! It used to be a dedicated Jump racing venue. However, it now offers Flat racing events too.
The course at Wetherby Racecourse runs left-handed and is oval in shape. The track is about a mile and a half in total however it has no straight sprint track! Of the two, the Jump track is seen as the more challenging track of the two!
Wetherby Racecourse has a handful of notable races which take place over the winter months. Its feature meeting occurs in late October/early November though. This is where the Charlie Hall Chase takes place. The Charlie Hall Chase is a Grade 2 steeplechase which runs over about three miles. It has a 50-year history, but more importantly a £70k prize pool too!
The other two Grade 2 races at Wetherby are the Towton Novices’ Chase and the West Yorkshire Hurdle. These races run over a distance of 3m 1f and have a prize pool of £35k! The only difference between the two is who is eligible. The former is open to horses over four while the latter is open to horses over three!