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

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

Wetherby Racecourse is located in West Yorkshire,north east England.

Like most English tracks Wetherby race left handed.

Track is slightly undulating,but no real stamina requirements to win here.

However,horses need to jump well,as the fences at Wetherby are more testing than most other National Hunt racecourses.

Easy bends at Wetherby make this a galloping track and front runners do well.

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Nine fairly tough fences at Wetherby each circuit,with a short run in of about 200 (slightly uphill) yards to the winning post.

The hurdle course is inside the chase course and the bends here are tighter and horse must show some agility in hurdle races.

Main meetings are in November with the Charlie Hall Chase the main event,and the Christmas fixture featuring the Castleford Chase.

For decades,Wetherby only hosted National Hunt racing,but in 2015 a flat course was laid,and both codes of racing now take place at Wetherby.

All flat races at Wetherby have to take in at least one bend,but bends are not too tight,and should not inconvenience most horses.

Just a handful of flat meetings held at Wetherby,so no draw bias can be ascertained - however,as bends have to be negotiated in all flat races,low numbers would logically have an advantage if they break fast. 

Wetherby track is considered a fair track,giving most horses the chance to show their best,and for this reason,trainers often send their better horses,so quality,competitive racing is usually on offer to the racing fan.

The nearest large city to Wetherby Racecourse is Leeds - about 12 miles away.

For many years Wetherby Racecourse had its own railway station,but this,like many others,was closed in the 1950's.

Racing at Wetherby started in 1891 when track was opened.

Wetherby Racecourse is set in over 300 acres of parkland and rural surroundings and offers racing in an attractive location.

Going racing with family or business colleagues ? - ask for a hospitality deal - you can do it in style with a package arranged just for you - details and prices from management.Groups can be catered for with a minimum of 16 to maximum of 250.

If you want a restaurant table,you will need to pre book,and you can reserve the table for the whole day.

Racing historian,J.Fairfax - Blakeborough,maintains that the first ever race meeting in England was held near Wetherby in AD206 !.The races involved Arab horses used for chariot races before a Roman audience.

Like most tracks today,Wetherby is busy on non racing days with banquets,business meeting,exhibitions,and weddings etc. - contact events manager for details.

If you are bringing your family,the Course Enclosure may be the best place to watch the racing close up,and also enjoy a picnic,and the childrens play area.

Disable racegoers are well looked after at Wetherby,with private toilets,viewing areas and parking all provided - and if you need a carer they can get free admission.

Rail travelers are not well served when going to Wetherby Racecourse - the nearest stations are Leeds (12 miles) and York (14 miles)from the course.

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