Chester

Left Hand Flat Course

 

Chester Left Hand Flat Course

Left Hand course. Draw is all on this course. Low numbers have a considerable advantage in 5 to 7 furlong races in biggish fields for a sprint race the high numbers may as well not bother running.

 

One of the great grandads of racing. Chester has had horse racing since Henry VIII and boasts the oldest racecourse in the UK, it's also the smallest and if you've ever been on race day one of the most popular courses in the country. When you consider that only Ascot and York can boast higher daily attendances on race day.

 

Gone are the days when Chester only had one three day event throughout the year. There are now lots of events plus evening racing at the height of summer.

 

Chester Smallest Circuit Biggest Heart

Chester may have the smallest circuit in the country 1 mile and 73 yards with a straight side from the 7 furlong start and a short very slightly curving run-in which is only 2 furlongs from the final proper bend.

 

This is what makes the draw all important it also means that horses that like to make the running are well suited to Chester, another factor is horses who get fast starts in sprints will have an advantage.

 

Races of note are: Chester Cup sponsored by Tote is usually run at a cracking pace from start to finish. There is also the Chester Vase and the Ormonde stakes. The Chester Vase is renowned as a try out race for Classic candidates.