Leicester Racecourse

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Leicester
Location Oadby, Leicestershire
Owned by Leicester Racecourse Company Ltd.
Screened on At The Races
Course type Flat
National Hunt
Notable races King Richard III Stakes
Official website

Leicester Racecourse is a horse-racing course in Oadby, Leicestershire, England.[1]

The course is oval shaped and nearly 2 miles in extent.[1] It was opened ante 1773.[1]

The course hosts both forms of British horse racing event: National Hunt, in which the horses race over fences or over hurdles, and Flat racing, in which the horses run an unobstructed distance.[1]

Prior to the 2009/10 National Hunt season, the open ditch, which was jumped as the fourth last fence, was moved to the home straight. The home straight now consists of four fences, with the open ditch now taken as the third last fence.

Leicester racecourse was the scene of the infamous Flockton Grey ringer case.

The racecourse had its heyday in the late nineteenth century when it staged some of the most valuable races in the United Kingdom including the Prince of Wales Stakes and the Portland Stakes, both of which carried more prize money than any of the five British Classic Races in 1889.[2]

Notable races[edit]

Month DOW Race Name Type Grade Distance Age/Sex
April Saturday King Richard III Stakes Flat Listed 7f 9y 4yo +

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d British Racing and Racecourses (ISBN 978-0950139722) by Marion Rose Halpenny - Page 159
  2. ^ "Vigilant" (29 March 1890). "SPORTING". Evening Post. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°35′52″N 1°5′45″W / 52.59778°N 1.09583°W / 52.59778; -1.09583