Racing has taken place
at Salisbury since the sixteenth century, Queen Elizabeth I having
visited the course in 1588. The oldest race is the City Bowl, though
the conditions and distance have varied a littl over the intervening
centuries. Salisbury is also the home of the Bibury Club, the oldest
racing club in England which held its first meeting in the Cotswolds
Ludlow has the reputation
of being one of the oldest racecourses in Britain there is certainly
a record of racing in 1729. The course retains not only its Edwardian
character but also its Club atmosphere. Though now a National Hunt
course, it did not have jumping until the mid-nineteenth century . Today
Owners and Trainers from all over the Country come to race their horses
over the same ground.
Thirsk is one of Yorkshire's
most beautiful country courses, set between the North Yorkshire Moors
and the Dales, with easy access from road or rail. Thirsk is a friendly
course, compact yet with excellent facilities throughout. The circuit
is a little more than a mile round and such is the design that the
racing never seems far from wherever you are viewing.
Lingfield Park is one
of the oldest established premier racecourses in the United Kingdom,
having celebrated its centenary in 1990. It is located near East Grinstead
and is on the borders of Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Wetherby Racecourse is unique in Yorkshire because it only stages
Jump Racing. With arguably the finest Jumping Course in the North,
the quality of Wetherby's racing is renowned throughout the sport.
Many of the greatest steeple chasers and hurdlers of all time have
graced the turf at Wetherby.