Warwick Racecourse Retains Its Historic Charm And Character
Warwick Racecourse is a course rich in tradition and heritage, one which has certainly played its part in the history of horse racing – most notably when it became the first course to include a jump race in its programme, establishing National Hunt racing as it is known today.
Nestled next to Warwick Castle, the racecourse is one of the oldest in the country with racing being traced back to as early as 1694, when the sport was introduced to the market town in the hope of attracting wealthy professionals to help rebuild the areas wealth after the devastating Great Fire of Warwick.
The inaugural race at the course was held in 1707, but another 102 years passed before the first stand was opened, parts of which remain today among the later developments.
The most famous name to grace the course was the legendary Red Rum, who ran once over the flat in 1967- the same year in which the course was bought by The Jockey Club, who continue to host a full racing calendar all year round.
With Jumps meetings taking place on weekdays and weekends, afternoons and evenings, the racecourse has something for everybody from excellent raceday packages to elegant hospitality suites, marquees and private boxes.
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