Best Racecourses In Wales

There is a long tradition of horse racing in Wales, as the sport dates back to the 18th century in the country.

Those who have been to a racecourse before can vouch for how much of a great day it can be. Here is a look at the leading three courses in Wales if you are planning on making a trip out in the future.

Bangor-on-Dee

Racing has taken place at Bangor-on-Dee since 1859 and it is still going strong today. It is a small National Hunt course in the beautiful North Wales countryside.

Unlike its sister racecourse Chester, Bangor is not quite as busy on race days. It is the only course in the UK not to have a grandstand. Families enjoy having a picnic on the grass around the track, while there are often music nights where artists perform live after racing.

One of the most popular meetings of the year at Bangor is Ladies Day which takes place in July when the weather tends to be much better than the winter months.

Chepstow

Chepstow is the most high-profile racecourse in Wales as it is the home of the Welsh Grand National, the richest race held in the country.

The oval circuit hosts both Flat and National Racing. At this time of the year, the course is home to a number of Flat meetings in the evenings. The results for today’s horse racing from around the world and Chepstow can be found at the end of the day if you want to keep an eye on which horses have been winning recently.

If it is the Welsh Grand National you are interested in going to see, it takes place on the 27th December each year. In 2019 the race was won by Potters Corner for local trainer Christian Williams.This year’s renewal should once again be an interesting race. Topofthegame begins the campaign as the horse to watch in the stayers’ division. He may be the one they all have to beat in December at the Welsh course.

Chepstow also holds concerts at its track following some race meetings. Madness, Tom Jones, UB40, and Simply Red have all performed there in recent years.

Ffos Las

When it opened is 2009, Ffos Las was the first new National Hunt racecourse built in the UK in 80 years. It is now fully embedded in British racing as a regular on the fixtures list.

Ffos Las hosts both Flat and National Hunt fixtures across the calendar year. Their flagship race is the Welsh Champion Hurdle which is staged in October. In 2019 the race was won by Monsieur Lecoq.

If you are new to horse racing, you can find horse racing tips from Paddy Power on the action at Ffos Las. Adam Wedge is the leading jockey at the course at the moment, while Ewan Williams is the leading trainer. Those two are certainly worth following when they feature on the card.

Enjoy your next visit to the races and hopefully, you come away having backed lots of winners on the day.


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