About Wolverhampton Racecourse
Wolverhampton Racecourse is a racecourse just north of Wolverhampton, West Midlands. It’s only about 18 miles northwest of Birmingham too. So not only is it a busy racecourse, it has excellent transportation links too! Racing at Wolverhampton began in 1825 initially at West Park. It wasn’t until 1878 that it moved to its current venue, Dunstall Park.
Wolverhampton Racecourse gains notoriety for its innovations, however. It was the first to install floodlighting, hosting many of their events in the evening. When combined with its dirt track, it’s reminiscent of an American race track rather than a British one. It’s also going to become the first racino in the UK too, a combination of a casino and a racetrack. The £26 million project will also expand their hotel from 54 to 170 bedrooms.
The oval track at Wolverhampton Racecourse is just under a mile in length and runs left-handed. While the bends are relatively sharp, this is a flat course and not as challenging as some others.
Wolverhampton Racecourse is home to two notable races every season. They both take place in early March and on the same afternoon too. The first of these is the Lincoln Trail. This is open to four-year-olds and older and runs just over a mile. This is one of Wolverhampton Racecourse’s most valuable races with a purse of £50k! With over £30k of that going to the winner!
Later that afternoon the Lady Wulfruna Stakes takes place. This race first began in 2002 and was later upgraded to listed status in 2007. The race runs over a distance of seven furlongs and is open to horses aged four and older. Much like the Lincoln trail, this race offers the largest prize pool for any race at Wolverhampton coming in at £50k!