The oldest surviving racetrack in the country, Chester has been staging race meetings on the same site since 1539. Chester only stages flat racing and all it’s meetings are very popular, so popular it is strongly advisable to book in advance, especially if you are travelling a long way to come racing. Meetings are held each month from May to September, with the main meeting being the May festival.

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Course Characteristics:

Chester is a very tight racecourse, only a mile round. It’s so compact that horses are virtually on the turn the entire race. The track is completely flat and is left handed (anti clockwise). Horses drawn in low stall numbers have a significant advantage, especially in races less than 7 furlongs and Chester tends to throw up a lot of course specialists, so it’s worth following horses who have won here before, especially if drawn low.

Small and medium size horses who are speedy with a sharp action are greatly favoured at the course, conversely large long striding horses tend not to find the course to their liking at all.

Draw Advantage: A low draw is great advantage especially in races up to 7 furlongs.

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Admission (2013 prices):

There are several enclosures at Chester and, even then, there are also sub-divisions. The top enclosure is the County Stand, which is divided into two levels The Concourse (£31 - £48) and The Long Room (£37 - £48). The main grandstand and paddock enclosure (£28 - £35) is set inside and outside of the track. The Dee Stand (£12 - £14) is on the outside of the course and the Open Course (£8 - £11) is inside the course.

Annual membership costs £420

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Located near the inner ring road on the northern edge of the walled city, the course is well signposted. Most racegoers park in the city centre car parks and walk to the course.

Ease of public transport access: Good (Rail to Chester then taxi or 15 min walk )

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Suitability for the first time racegoer: good

Last Reviewed: September 2012

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Telephone: 01244 304600

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