Racing FAQs

All your questions answered

Do you have a general question about racing at Warwick? Read on to find the answers.

I have never been racing before, what happens?
Do not worry - a day at the races really is a fun day for all as there are no complex rules to understand. The first horse past the winning post has won the race and hopefully won you some money in the process! There are normally 6 races per raceday, sometimes this may increase to 7 or 8, and the gates and all facilities open 2 hours before the first race time. There are 30 - 35 minute gaps between each race which gives you plenty of time to have a drink or something to eat, judge the horses for the next race at the paddock, place your bet and get to your vantage point to watch the race. Approximately 15 - 20 minutes before each race the horses will be in the Parade Ring where you can pick out your horse and then place your bet with the TOTE or an on-course bookmaker. There are ample vantage points to view the race and cheer your horse home, before you proceed to the Winners Enclosure to applaud the winning horse.
Can I bring in my own food and drink?
No outside food and drink is permitted in the main enclosure on any raceday, thank you.
Can I collect tickets on the day?
Yes, but please be sure to bring photographic ID with you. If you do not have photographic ID then tickets can not be released to you.
Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
It is not essential but recommended. There are a number of ways in which you can purchase your raceday tickets. These include advanced booking via our website, calling the racecourse ticket office on 08445 793013 or on the day at the turnstiles. If you book your tickets online a minimum of 5 days in advance then you will receive a 10% discount (excludes packages).
Is there a cash point at the Racecourse?
There is a cash point located in the Betting Hall on the lower level of the Grandstand in the Main Enclosure.
How much is it for children?
Children aged 17 and under come in for free, when accompanied by an adult
Can I have a personal PA announcement?
Unfortunately, PA announcements have to be reserved for health and safety, raceday and sponsor announcements only.
Are dogs allowed on the course?
No dogs are permitted in the Main Enclosure or Course Enclosure, with the exception of assistance dogs.
Where do I go if I have any questions on the raceday?
You can ask any one of our staff or visit the Information Point (located near the Chandler Bar between the Main Grandstand and Paddock Suites) or come to the Racecourse Office where our staff will be happy to help.
Is there a dress code?
At Warwick Racecourse we do not enforce a strict dress code but suggest smart casual.
Where do I purchase a Racecard?
Racecards can be purchased on the day from the Main Gate or from the Information Point, situated outside of the Chandler Seafood and Champagne Bar.
Is there parking on site?
There is ample on-site parking in the centre of the racecourse which is free. We also have coach / minibus parking available. There is allocated parking for Owners, Trainers and pre-booked Hospitality guests in the car park located on Hampton Street. Disabled parking is available at the main racecourse entrance if a valid blue badge is displayed.
Are there any baby changing facilites?
Baby Changing Facilities can be found in the Disabled Toilet next to the Dukes Bar, and in the Ladies Toilet next to the Paddock Boxes.
Who is the Raceday Photographer?
Our Official Raceday Photographer is: Dave Pratt 07801324894
What is 'The Horse Comes First'?
Leading organisations in British Horseracing have got together to increase awareness of the high standards of equine welfare in the sport. The initiative aims to improve understanding of the care given to our horses throughout and after their careers in racing. The campaign is supported by the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association, Racehorse Owners Association, the Professional Jockeys Association, the National Trainers Federation and The Jockey Club.
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