Bath

Bath has the distinction of being Britains highest racecourse, racing only on the flat.

Bath stages meetings every month April through to October.

 

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Course Characteristics:

Bath is a kidney shaped circuit of 1½ miles with a spur for 5 and 5¾ furlong races.

The sprint course and the finishing straight is uphill most of the way.

The course is considered tricky and it is advisable to look out for course specialists.

Even five furlong sprints involve a turn and coupled with the undulations the course takes some getting.

In terms of horses galloping types are favoured and because the course requires good tactical skill from the jockeys it pays to side with riders who have a good record on the track.

Draw advantage: it used to be thought that a low draw was an advantage in sprints, however results over recent years no longer bear this out.

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Admission (2013 prices):

Bath has three enclosures. Premier (£20 - £25), Grandstand and Paddock (£15 - £22) and the course enclosure (£10 - £12). The course enclosure is only open for evening and weekend meetings.

Annual membership: Single £180, Double £320

Dress Code: The dress code policy in the Premier Enclosure is ‘Smart–Casual’ – this means no jog bottoms, casual shorts (tailored shorts are acceptable) football/rugby shirts, skimpy tops, or trainers. Smart jeans are acceptable.

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Location

Located 3 miles north of the city centre the course is off the A64, which links Bath with J18 of the M4. The course is signposted from the A64.

Ease of public transport access: Moderate (train and bus)

 

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Suitability for the first time racegoer: good

Last reviewed: April 2013

Web Site:   www.bath-racecourse.co.uk

Telephone:  01225 424 609

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