Uttoxeter Racecourse

The Racecourse, Wood Lane, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 8BD - Map & Directions
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Entrance to Uttoxeter Racecourse
Entrance to Uttoxeter Racecourse (Gregory Marler / Wikipedia.org)

Based in Staffordshire, Uttoxeter racecourse was built and opened in the early 1900s, replacing the Keele Park racecourse, which closed down slightly earlier. Racing has been consistent at Uttoxeter since it opened, apart from spells of closure during both the First and Second World Wars, although it almost closed in the 1940s when a farmer who owned part of the land refused to sell his share for the price that was offered.

After a compromise and help from the local council, the land was purchased and the course reopened. In 1988, Sir Stanley Clarke CBE purchased the course and invested a large sum of money into the redevelopment and improvement of the course facilities, completely modernising the site, building two huge new grandstands in the process.

Those who wish to travel to Uttoxeter racecourse by car are advised to exit the M1 and take the A50 to Uttoxeter town centre, following the numerous signposts to the racecourse. Alternatively, those travelling by train will be pleased to know that Uttoxeter railway station is adjacent to the racecourse and is frequented by services from Derby and Stoke-on-Trent.

Ticket Prices

Entrance to the Grandstand and Paddock enclosures is available for as little as £15 on most race days, with access to the centre course priced at just £10. These prices are based on advance tickets bought online, with prices expected to increase for those buying at the gate.

Those attending under the age of 18 are granted access to all enclosures free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult and it is advisable for teenagers to carry proof of age if they intend to avail of this offer.

The Course

Uttoxeter Racecourse
Uttoxeter Racecourse (Dave Pickersgill / geograph.org.uk)

Uttoxeter only hosts National Hunt races, on a course that is run left-handed round an oval measuring 1m2f in circumference. Despite the course being left-handed in nature, it also features a right-handed dogleg across the back straight. The course features a severe incline prior to the turn into the 4f home straight, which precedes a relatively flat run-in to a course which represents a reasonably fair test on all types of going.

The steeplechase course features eight fences, with half of them in the home straight prior to the winning post. The course features an adjoining chute, which is used as a starting point for two mile races. The hurdles course at Uttoxeter sits inside its steeplechase counterpart and has a total of six fences that are split evenly between the back and home straights. There is an additional hurdle in the adjoining chute.

Major Meetings at Uttoxeter

BBC Headlines 2018 Midlands Grand National Winner
BBC Headlines 2018 Midlands Grand National Winner

The most important race run each year at Uttoxeter is easily the Midlands Grand National that takes place each March and was first run back in 1969. The steeplechase race takes place over a substantial distance of 4m1f and 110yds and has always been covered by Channel 4, apart from a seven year spell of coverage by the BBC which began shortly before the millennium.

No horse has won the national more than once and just four jockeys have won the race on more than one occasion. Another prestigious race at Uttoxeter is the English Summer National Handicap Chase, another test of stamina which is run every June over a distance of 3m4f.

Dining and Hospitality

The Silks Restaurant at Uttoxeter racecourse is priced at just £72 per head, whilst the Hoops Bistro and Champagne Bar is available for as little as £62 per person. In terms of private boxes, there are three price brackets, with each varying in benefits and menu.

The Silver hospitality box is the cheapest and is available for just £85. The Gold and Platinum options are the two most expensive options, priced at £120 and £145 per person respectively with improved food and drink as you would expect.


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