Leicester Racecourse

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Club Members at Leicester Racecourse
Club Members at Leicester Racecourse (Richard Humphrey / geograph.org.uk)

An accessible and fun family day out located in the Midlands, racing has been taking place at Leicester since before 1773. It is used mainly as a way for trainers to evaluate the form and progress of their horse before entering them in major meetings, but it is still a very popular race day. There is racing all throughout the year at Leicester, as it hosts both flat and National Hunt events, with a minimum of one race meeting each month and over thirty fixtures each and every year. Leicester was the home to the famous ‘Flackton Grey’ ringer betting scandal in 1982, in which trainers were caught betting money on a horse they had replaced with one a lot older and stronger than it’s competitors, which caused suspicion due to the incredible ease with which it won the race.

Leicester racecourse is just three miles form the city centre, situated near junction 21 of the M1 and M69. For those travelling by train, the station is only two miles form the racecourse, with regular services from London St. Pancras and a reliable bus service connection available on race days, making access by both public and private transport a doddle.

Ticket Prices

Leicester racecourse ticket prices are very reasonable, with entry to the Premier Enclosure priced at just £19, whilst grandstand access costs £15. The enclosure costs £12 to enter whilst all concession prices range between £10 and £13 depending on the race meeting.

Similarly, access to the picnic enclosure costs between £24 and £30, varying on the occasion. Under-18s are allowed entry free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult, whilst the site car park is free to use for all customers.

The Course

The Track at Leicester Racecourse
The Track at Leicester Racecourse (Richard Humphrey / geograph.org.uk)

The Grade 4 course at Leicester is right-handed and galloping, with the flat track measuring 1m6f in circumference. The 5f straight is joined by an adjoining chute, which allows 7f sprint races to take place. Both the flat and National Hunt courses require stamina, particularly when the courses become soft or heavy.

Statistically, the straight flat course favours high drawn horses. The steeplechase course is also 1m6f in circumference, containing ten fences. The majority of the course is a long climb, whilst the hurdles course is even steeper, featuring seven flights in total.

Major Meetings at Leicester

Andrea Atzeni
Andrea Atzeni, Jockey (Ogiyoshisan / Wikipedia.org)

The highlight race of the year at Leicester is the Richard III Stakes, formerly known as the Leicestershire Stakes. The race was given its current name in 2013 after the skeleton of Richard III was discovered and identified nearby. Established in 1978, the Stakes is run annually in April over a distance of 7f and nine yards.

The 2014 winner of the race was Eton Forever, ridden by Andrea Atzeni (pictured in this section), whilst winners of the race more often than not go onto group honours later in the season.

Dining and Hospitality

Private hospitality boxes at Leicester are priced at just £599 per box for 12 guests, although Ladies Day prices are slightly pricier. 12 guests on Ladies Day is valued at £2,000 + VAT, whilst a box for 30 guests is also available for £3750 + VAT. Alternatively, customers are invited to eat in the Nelson Restaurant, with the menu costing as little as £67 per head.


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