A Guide to Chester Race Course
Affectionately known as “The Roodee” Chester racecourse is in the Guinness Book of Records as the Oldest Racecourse Still In Operation due to records showing that racing started at the course in 1539. This was done with the consent of the Mayor at the time, Henry Gee, whos name gave rise to the nickname for horses – geegees.
Chester is one of the smallest of the significant racecourses in the United Kingdowm at only 1 mile and 1 furlong in distance. Roughly toilet bowl shaped, it is a left handed course used only for Flat racing, and has a very short straight at only 239 yards, making it a disadvantage for long striding horses.
The shape of the track means that the horses are almost constantly on the turn – another disadvantage for long striding horses. The shape of the track and the length of the straight mean that its better for the jockey to lead from the front, as there is little room to make up for any errors in judgement.
The course itself is only a short stroll away from the beautiful city of Chester making this an ideal location of weekends away.
- Left Handed Course
- Very short track means horses are constantly turning
- Best to lead from the front
- The straight is only 239 yards long
Map Of Chester Racecourse
Statistics – Last Three Years
Top Trainers – Flat
Runners Wins Places
R Fahey 314 40 126
A Balding 118 24 45
M Johnston 130 23 51
T Dascombe 192 22 72
T Easterby 98 13 28
Top Jockeys – Flat
Runners Wins Places
F Norton 161 24 68
R Kingscote 109 16 44
D Probert 68 12 23
P Hanagan 82 10 36
C Murtaugh 72 8 25
Chester Race Company
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