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Wincanton Racecourse

Wincanton Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Somerset, England, United Kingdom. It opened in 1867 at Wincanton.

Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Race Course is a horse-racing track in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States. It opened on August 3, 1863, and is the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the United States. It is typically open for racing from late July through early September.

History

Wincanton Races held their first meeting at Hatherleigh on August 1, 1867, when the local community hosted what is widely believed to be the first-ever National Hunt steeplechase.

In 1893, the Wincanton Hunt Steeplechases were formed, and on Easter Bank Holiday, they held the first meeting under what was known as the ‘Grand National Rules’.

In 1913 the Wincanton Race Company was formed, although racing was postponed until after the First World War, resuming on Easter Monday, 1920. After financial difficulties in 1925, the racecourse was moved to its current location at Kingwell Farm, with the inaugural meeting being held at the new course two years later. In 1927, a whole new course was constructed and opened. In 1966, Wincanton Racecourse was sold to the Racecourse Holdings Trust (the second racecourse after Cheltenham that joined the organization), now called Jockey Club Racecourses.

It is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in Wincanton, Somerset, England, near the trainer’s yard, Paul Nicholls, and located on the northeast edge of the Blackmore Vale. It is also approximately 12 miles northwest of Yeovil and 10 miles northeast of Shaftesbury. The location is also just off the A303, the arterial route between London and the Southwest.

The racecourse is rated the 2015 Racegoers Club Best Small Racecourse in the Southwest and Wales category. It hosts 17 quality jump racing fixtures from October through to May, including several special events. It is also home of the Badger Ale’s Handicap Chase, The Betway Kingwell Hurdle, and best known for its Boxing Day meeting. One of the sharpest courses in the UK and is described as a sharp test and a fair jumping track that provides good quality racing.

Track Details

Wincanton has a right-handed, flat, and essentially sharp track. It only hosts National Hunt race meetings. Flat throughout, there are no rises or falls on the track, which measures around 1m3f in circumference. The course is broadly rectangular, so its bends are a lot less gentle than most others in the country. When combined with ground firmer than good, this makes Wincanton one of the sharpest racecourses around and one of the speediest despite those sharp turns. The steeplechase fences are large, making it a good test of a chaser. Three fences in quick succession in the second half of the home-straight.

It offers three enclosures as well. First is the Premier Enclosure that allows racegoers full access to all public areas of the racecourse, a choice of three public bars, and two of these include a food service area. It has two restaurants that provide a venue for a whole day out with food and service and a place to retreat from the crowd. The main stand has covered seating, and racegoers can also upgrade to the Premier Viewing Area, an enclosed, glass-fronted stand overlooking the winning post. Second is the Grandstand Enclosure that gives access to a viewing grandstand with a view over the last fence. It has a choice of two bars, two food outlets, and numerous mobile units selling burgers and chips, etc. This enclosure features the main betting ring that buzzes anticipation before each race. The third one is the Course Enclosure available during Boxing Day Only. It has a grandstand overlooking the third last fence and has a bar and food outlet. This enclosure is the only one where dogs are allowed (must be on a lead), and guests can bring their food and drink. Premier and Grandstand ticket holders have access to the Course Enclosure.

History

Wincanton Races held their first meeting at Hatherleigh on August 1, 1867, when the local community hosted what is widely believed to be the first-ever National Hunt steeplechase.

In 1893, the Wincanton Hunt Steeplechases were formed, and on Easter Bank Holiday, they held the first meeting under what was known as the ‘Grand National Rules’.

In 1913 the Wincanton Race Company was formed, although racing was postponed until after the First World War, resuming on Easter Monday, 1920. After financial difficulties in 1925, the racecourse was moved to its current location at Kingwell Farm, with the inaugural meeting being held at the new course two years later. In 1927, a whole new course was constructed and opened. In 1966, Wincanton Racecourse was sold to the Racecourse Holdings Trust (the second racecourse after Cheltenham that joined the organization), now called Jockey Club Racecourses.

It is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in Wincanton, Somerset, England, near the trainer’s yard, Paul Nicholls, and located on the northeast edge of the Blackmore Vale. It is also approximately 12 miles northwest of Yeovil and 10 miles northeast of Shaftesbury. The location is also just off the A303, the arterial route between London and the Southwest.

The racecourse is rated the 2015 Racegoers Club Best Small Racecourse in the Southwest and Wales category. It hosts 17 quality jump racing fixtures from October through to May, including several special events. It is also home of the Badger Ale’s Handicap Chase, The Betway Kingwell Hurdle, and best known for its Boxing Day meeting. One of the sharpest courses in the UK and is described as a sharp test and a fair jumping track that provides good quality racing.

Track Details

Wincanton has a right-handed, flat, and essentially sharp track. It only hosts National Hunt race meetings. Flat throughout, there are no rises or falls on the track, which measures around 1m3f in circumference. The course is broadly rectangular, so its bends are a lot less gentle than most others in the country. When combined with ground firmer than good, this makes Wincanton one of the sharpest racecourses around and one of the speediest despite those sharp turns. The steeplechase fences are large, making it a good test of a chaser. Three fences in quick succession in the second half of the home-straight.

It offers three enclosures as well. First is the Premier Enclosure that allows racegoers full access to all public areas of the racecourse, a choice of three public bars, and two of these include a food service area. It has two restaurants that provide a venue for a whole day out with food and service and a place to retreat from the crowd. The main stand has covered seating, and racegoers can also upgrade to the Premier Viewing Area, an enclosed, glass-fronted stand overlooking the winning post. Second is the Grandstand Enclosure that gives access to a viewing grandstand with a view over the last fence. It has a choice of two bars, two food outlets, and numerous mobile units selling burgers and chips, etc. This enclosure features the main betting ring that buzzes anticipation before each race. The third one is the Course Enclosure available during Boxing Day Only. It has a grandstand overlooking the third last fence and has a bar and food outlet. This enclosure is the only one where dogs are allowed (must be on a lead), and guests can bring their food and drink. Premier and Grandstand ticket holders have access to the Course Enclosure.

History

John Hunter, who became the first chairman of The Jockey Club, and William R. Travers built Saratoga Race Course. The original track was built across Union Avenue from the present Saratoga Race Course at the current location of the Oklahoma Track (training track), which opened the following year. Since 1864 the track has been the site of the Travers Stakes, the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in the United States, which is the main draw of the annual summer race meeting. The Saratoga meet originally consisted of only four days, but over time was lengthened, and for many years, the meet lasted for four weeks. In the 1990’s it was lengthened to five weeks. Today it is a six-week meeting ending on Labor Day. In 2009, NYRA extended the 2010 racing meet by 4 days. From 1943 to 1945, racing was not held at Saratoga Race Course due to travel restrictions during the war. During those years, the stakes races that would have been run at Saratoga Race Course were contested at Belmont Park instead.

Saratoga Race Course has two well-known nicknames — The Spa (for the nearby mineral springs), and the “Graveyard of Champions” (for the upsets that have occurred there). Man o’ War suffered his only defeat in 21 starts while racing at Saratoga Race Course; Secretariat was defeated at Saratoga Race Course by Onion after winning the Triple Crown; and Gallant Fox was beaten by 100-1 long shot Jim Dandy in the 1930 Travers Stakes. In 1999, Saratoga Race Course was rated as Sports Illustrated’s #10 sports venue of the 20th Century.

As is the case with the other two tracks operated by the New York Racing Association – Aqueduct and Belmont Park – there are three separate tracks in the main course at Saratoga Race Course.

Contact

  • Wincanton BA9 8BJ, United Kingdom

  • Phone: +44 1963 435840

  • https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/wincanton/

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