Hereford Racecourse

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Hereford
Hereford Racecourse logo.png
Hereford Racecourse logo
Location Hereford, Herefordshire, England
Coordinates 52°04′23″N 2°43′44″W / 52.073°N 2.729°W / 52.073; -2.729Coordinates: 52°04′23″N 2°43′44″W / 52.073°N 2.729°W / 52.073; -2.729
Owned by Herefordshire Council
Screened on At The Races
Course type National Hunt
Official website
Hereford Racecourse

Hereford Racecourse is a horse racing venue located in Hereford, Herefordshire, England, owned by Herefordshire Council. Arena Racing Company held the lease for operating Thoroughbred racing fixtures there until December 2012.[1] National Hunt Racing resumed in October 2016.

The course is almost square in shape with a circuit of about a mile-and-a-half.[2] Opened in 1771[2] the course was greatly modernised in the 1960s,[2] with also in 1966 a photo-finish camera being installed.[2]

Having failed to obtain a new lease from the Herefordshire Council, Arena Racing Company ceased operations there in December 2012. [3] Hereford staged its final Thoroughbred race meeting on 16 December 2012,[4] but continued to be used for Arabian racing.[1] It was used by the North Herefordshire Hunt for a Point to point in May 2014 and was the venue for two point to points in 2015, and also in 2016 when point to points were staged by the North Ledbury in April and the North Herefordshire Hunt at the end of May.

The course reopened for National Hunt racing on 6 October 2016, with 3 more fixtures in 2016 scheduled.[5]

In 2017 the course will stage 11 National Hunt Fixures spread between January and March and October to December. The North Herefordshire Hunt Point to Point will be staged at the racecourse in May 2017.

Other Sporting Events[edit]

In 1978 the racecourse hosted the final of Motorcycle's European Grasstrack Championship

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Arabian raceday draws decent Hereford crowd". Racing Post. 6 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d British Racing and Racecourses (ISBN 978-0950139722) by Marion Rose Halpenny - Page 145
  3. ^ Telegraph Sport, "Hereford and Folkestone racecourses forced to close down" The Telegraph, 27/07/2012
  4. ^ "Hereford Racecourse stages its final meeting". BBC News. 16 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hereford racecourse: Owners ARC to reopen venue". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 

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