Beverley Racecourse

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Beverley Racecourse logo
Location Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
Owned by Beverley Race Company Ltd.
Screened on Racing UK
Course type Flat
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Beverley Racecourse

Beverley Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in the town of Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

An annual meeting at Beverley was first established in 1767. Before that races had only occasionally been run there.[1] Then, for a short period between 1798 and 1805 racing once again stopped.[2] Later in the 19th century a three-day meeting was taking place annually in the week after York's May meeting.[2][3] In 2012, Beverley hosted racing on 19 days.[4] Its most prestigious races being two Listed races - the Hilary Needler Trophy for two-year-olds in May and Beverley Bullet Sprint over 5 furlongs in August for three-year-olds and up.[5]

The racecourse is a right-handed flat course,[6] that is just over 1 mile 3 furlongs.[6] It is predominantly flat but with a stiff, uphill finish and tight turns.[7] Beverley has the most pronounced "draw bias" on a UK racecourse on its 5 furlong course. The sharp right hand bend and the fact that the ground runs away to the left make a low draw (i.e. on the inside rail) much more advantageous than a high draw (i.e. on the wide outside and on ground sloping right to left).[8]

The first grandstand was commissioned for the racecourse on 22 May 1767 at a cost of £1,000.[1][9] A £90,000 stand was opened in Tattersalls enclosure in 1968.[10]

It has been described as an "unpretentious but agreeable" racecourse.[10]

Notable races[edit]

Month DOW Race Name Type Grade Distance Age/Sex
May Saturday Hilary Needler Trophy Flat Listed 5f 2yo f
August Saturday Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes Flat Listed 5f 3yo +
Other race
  • Brian Yeardley Trophy

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Poulson 1829, p. 448.
  2. ^ a b Poulson 1829, p. 449.
  3. ^ Oliver 1829, p. 430.
  4. ^ "2012 Fixture List" (PDF). British Horseracing Authority. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "British Flat Pattern and Listed Races 2010" (PDF). British Horseracing Authority. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Halpenny 1971, p. 79.
  7. ^ Wright 1986, p. 27.
  8. ^ "Beverley Racecourse". Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Our History". Beverley Racecourse. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Mortimer, Onslow & Willett 1978, p. 58.


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°50′41″N 0°27′24″W / 53.84472°N 0.45667°W / 53.84472; -0.45667