Hamilton Park

Situated on the outskirts of Glasgow, Hamilton Park (to give it it’s official name) is a flat only track racing each month from May to September.

Racing trivia – Hamilton Park was the first course to stage an evening meeting in July 1947 and it still hosts a large number of evening meetings.

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Course Characteristics:
The course is basically a straight 6 furlong track with a loop which is used for longer races. Indeed some races start in front of the stand with horses running the ‘wrong way’ down the track, round the loop and to reappear the opposite way.

There is a very marked dip halfway down the straight providing a strong uphill finish in the final furlong, which can be very testing especially when the ground is soft. Couple this with a steep descent at the beginning of the straight the course is like an equine roller coaster.

Late finishing horses can do well in longer races as jockeys can make use of the undulations on the long run in.

Draw advantage: on all races up to 1m 1f low drawn horses have an advantage. The advantage becomes more pronounced on the straight course when the going is soft. (was the opposite way round prior to the 2011 season when the stall numbering system changed)

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Admission (2011):

Hamilton operates a dual enclosure policy at its seven major meetings. Members (£20 ) and Grandstand (£14).

For the remaining meetings there is a single admission price of £14.

Annual membership 2011: £200 single and £150 junior (age 17-21)

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Hamilton is located 12 miles south east of Glasgow, near to Motherwell. It is close to Junction 5 of the M74, follow the signs for Hamilton on the B7071. The road outside the course is a dual carriageway and lane controls are introduced on race days.

Ease of public transport access: Moderate (Rail to Hamilton Central then taxi or bus)

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Suitability for the first time racegoer: good

Last Reviewed: July 2011

Web Site: www.hamilton-park.co.uk

Telephone: 01698 283806

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