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A Punters Guide to SALISBURY RaceTrack - Left Hand,Right Hand,Galloping,Easy.SALISBURY Racecourse Facts.

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

Salisbury Racecourse is located about 4 miles outside Salisbury,Wiltshire,south west England.

Salisbury Racecourse is one of a minority of English courses as they race right handed here.

Salisbury can host straight mile races.

In fact the run in from the bend is longer than most courses can provide for straight races - 7 furlongs.

Horses need stamina and determination to win at Salisbury as the track rises steadily in the straight as they near the winning post.


You get a better quality of runners at Salisbury than prize money would normally dictate,as it's wide open spaces and layout means trainers like to introduce and run their better horses here.

A small loop that joins the straight limits the distance of races held at Salisbury - 1 mile,1 furlong is the longest distance raced at Salisbury.

Not many races at Salisbury take in the bend,but that bend is quite tight,but long run in allows horses to make up any loss of position.

Draw bias - you want high numbers on good ground when running on straight course,but this advantage does not seem to apply if ground is soft or heavy.

No National Hunt racing at Salisbury Racecourse,just flat racing during the summer.

Salisbury host about 16 meetings each year,with the 2 evening race meetings particularly popular.

Salisbury is one of the oldest known racing centres in England,and records show racing events taking place here from the 16th century.

Some of the legends of English racing have appeared at Salisbury to race,including - Gimcrack in 1768,Eclipse in 1769,Sun Chariot in 1941,and more recently Mill Reef and Brigadier Gerard who both raced at Salisbury in 1970.


The great Lester Piggot had his first ever ride at Salisbury in 1948 ( he was only 12 years of age,and weighed just over 5 stone),and Steve Cauthen also made his debut here in 1979.

Are you a student who likes to go racing ? - bring your student card to Salisbury and get in half price!.

Salisbury Racecourse offer a gift voucher option for a special day out at the races to surprise your friends or relatives - prices on application.

Disabled visitors are well looked after at Salisbury Racecourse,with special parking areas,viewing ramps,toilets,and more,all provided to make your day out at the races enjoyable and trouble free.

Salisbury Racecourse is set in the pretty Wiltshire countryside with attractive views,including Salisbury Cathedral,despite being about 4 miles away.

One of the earliest race meetings here was way back in 1588,and Queen Elizabeth I (on her way to meet Sir Francis Drake )was one of the visitors.

Big screen facility at Salisbury will show all the action again for you to enjoy.

You get fast food to good quality restaurant food - but you will need to pre book if you do want a leisurely sit down meal in the restaurant.

Group bookings are welcome at Salisbury with different packages to suit your budget - small or large groups (up to 400 can be accommodated in marquees ) can get a quote from events manager.

Children under 16 get in free at Salisbury Racecourse - if accompanied by an adult.

Non racing days are still busy at Salisbury Racecourse,as weddings,conferences,seminars and similar events can be held within the racecourse - details and prices from events manager.

Rail visitors can get to Salisbury Racecourse easily,alight at Salisbury Station (good service on London Waterloo to Exeter line),and shuttle bus to course.

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