About Worcester Racecourse
Worcester Racecourse is a racecourse located in the city of Worcester, Worcestershire. It’s about 40 miles southwest of Birmingham and 25 miles north of Cheltenham. There’s a huge racing contingent in the area which is great for the venue. It sees a lot of visitors every year and the overall quality of the racing is high too! So despite being one of the smaller venues in the UK, it’s still one of the best!
Horse racing in Worcester Racecourse dates back to the early 1700s, making it one of the oldest racecourses in the UK. While it used to offer both, in 1966 the venue changed to a flat only track.
The course at Worcester Racecourse has a long oval shape and runs left-handed. It’s a relatively easy course being flat throughout and offering easy turns. The fences here are slightly higher than usual, but overall the course is one of the easiest in the country. Worcester is a great venue to introduce novices which many trainers do to get them started.
Worcester Racecourse doesn’t have any big races that make the headlines. However, there are two that stand out from the rest. In June Worcester Racecourse hosts the Valerie Lewis Memorial Handicap Chase. This is a Class 3 race which runs over 2m 5f and comes with a prize pool of £10k.
The Richard Davis Memorial Chase is the other big race at Worcester, taking place in late October. Again this is a Class 3 race which runs over 2m 7f. The purse here is slightly larger at £12,200, including a £7k payday to the winner!
Overall, Worcester Racecourse is one of the smallest racecourses in the country. However, it’s an excellent venue that offers quick and exciting races. Plus it hosts a handful of featured events such as ladies day!