Folkestone racecourse staged its final meeting in December 2012 and the course will remain closed in the foreseeable future.

Kent’s only racecourse, Folkestone stages both jump and flat fixtures. Meetings are staged every month, except March. The standard of racing tends to be moderate.

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Course Characteristics:

The main course is pear shaped , 1 mile 3 furlongs in diameter and is right handed (clockwise). There is an extension to the home straight accommodating races of 5 and 6 furlongs.

There are some gentle undulations throughout and the home straight has a gentle rise to the line.
The course does not seem to favour long striding types. Indeed with a canny jockey on board short runners often do well at the course.

The course can become tricky and slippery when wet.

Draw Advantage: A low draw can be a distinct advantage in sprints, especially when the stalls are on the stands side. In races over 1m 1f and 1m 2f low drawn runners also have an edge. (was the opposite way round prior to the 2011 season when the stall numbering system changed)

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The racecourse is now closed

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Located five miles from Folkestone the course is close to the M20 (J11) and it is clearly signposted from the junction.

Ease of public transport access: Good (Westenhanger station is close to the course)

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Suitability for the first time racegoer: good

Last Reviewed: September 2012

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Telephone: 01303 266407

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