Beverley Racecourse is situated in Beverley, Yorkshire, England and hosts roughly twenty flat race meets each year, with one annual listed race undoubtedly being the feather in the cap of their racing calendar – The Beverley Bullet Sprint. This 1006 metre sprint, which takes place each August, is for horse’s aged 3 and older It’s worth noting that the racecourse also stages the Hilary Needler Trophy, a 1000m sprint for two-year-old fillies which was also a listed event. However, in 2011, the event was downgraded, losing its listed status.
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Beverley Racecourse History
From over 300 years ago, horse racing has had an imprint (or do we say hoof print?) on the town and surrounding area. Shortly after the Jockey Club was formed, horse racing took place in the Westwood Pasture, a stone’s throw away from the current racecourse site. Shortly thereafter, Beverley racecourse was officially created and opened for horse racing events. Barring the period between 1798-1805, horse racing has pretty much had a continuous presence at the racecourse. Facilities at the racecourse have always been pleasant for the public, with the first grandstand being constructed way back in 1767 at the then immense cost of £1 000. It took until 1968, for another grandstand to be unveiled at the cost of £90 000 and then another 30 years till the announcement of a new grandstand to replace it at a whopping cost of £4.8 million. Beverley is sometimes termed “the people’s racecourse”, due to its lack of pretentiousness. It is run as a non-profit organisation, therefore plenty of funds are put back into the racecourse itself.
Beverley racecourse is a right-handed flat course, with a circumference of approximately 2200 metres. While mostly level, it’s worth noting that that the course has an uphill finish. The racecourse is also renowned for its tight turns and for having a hugely commented on draw bias down the straight, with low draws being a significant advantage. Around the bend, low draws are also favourable but not nearly as important. The 10006m (5 furlongs) are the only events down the straight – the rest take place around the bend.
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