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A Punters Guide to Chester Race Track - Left Hand,Right Hand,Galloping,Easy.Chester Racecourse Facts.

A description of Chester Racetrack - Gradients,Direction,Trivia, - Chester Racecourse.

Chester Racecourse is located in the north west of England on the banks of the River Dee.

This is the oldest racecourse in Great Britain,with racing events taking part from about 1533 (the first recorded race was in 1539).


Like most race tracks in the U.K.,Chester is left handed and almost perfectly flat.

Chester is also the smallest racecourse in England with a circuit of just 1 mile,1 Furlong.

Very short run in here of just 239 yards.

Draw bias - extreme bias here,and you need a low draw,particularly in sprint races.

All races at Chester will take in the tight bends - this is unsettling for many horses as they are negotiating a bend almost the whole race.

This track will not suit many horses - always take a close look at course winners.The same applies to jockeys,and regular riders here will be at an advantage over other jockeys who rarely race here.

No National Hunt racing at Chester,just flat racing - 14 days of racing in total.

Chester is an ancient city and Roman remains are dotted throughout the city - including the racecourse itself.

Many locals and visitors watch Chester races for free - the Roman walls that surround the track offer a birds eye view of all the action that give you a better view than paying racegoers.

Many racegoers like to watch racing at Chester from inside enclosure where,unlike many other tracks,you are up close to all the racing around the whole circuit.

Chester is without doubt the most popular race track in England and has been voted best racecourse by The Racegoers Club - for 7 years in succession!.

Chester Racecourse was reclaimed from the sea and river flood plains - that explains why it is also referred to as The Roodee,which is a legacy of the Saxon and Norman languages.

Buffalo Bill and his wild west show only made a handful of appearances in U.K,but Chester Racecourse was one of the places he visited in 1903.

Where does the horse racing term "gee gees" come from ? - the Mayor of Chester gave consent in 1539 for the first race meeting at Chester to go ahead.The mayors name was Henry Gee,so going to the gee gees stems from his name.

Chester Racecourse proudly welcome disabled visitors.They provide wheelchair routes around the course,disabled toilet facilities,lifts,special viewing areas,and separate eating arrangements in marquee  - and ticket concessions for carers.

Chester Racecourse is ideal for rail travelers as the course is just a mile from the station.Bus service is available,but a leisurely walk through this beautiful and interesting city to racetrack is recommended.

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