Salisbury Racecourse

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Location Salisbury, Wiltshire
Screened on Racing UK
Course type Flat
Notable races Sovereign Stakes
Official website

Salisbury Racecourse is a flat racecourse in the United Kingdom featuring thoroughbred horse racing, 3 miles (5 km) southwest of Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. Fifteen race meetings a year are held there between early May and mid-October.


There has been racing at the race course located three miles from Salisbury since the mid-16th century. Many great horses have won at the track, including Gimcrack (1768), Eclipse (1769), Sun Chariot (1941),[1] Mill Reef (1970) and Brigadier Gerard (1970). Sir Percy, winner of the 2006 Derby, and Look Here, winner of the 2008 Oaks, had both won at Salisbury the previous year.[2] Jockey Lester Piggott first rode in public at Salisbury when he was aged twelve; that was in 1948 when he was an apprentice jockey and weighed just five stone.[2] American jockey Steve Cauthen made his British debut at the course in 1979 when he rode Marquee Universal to victory here.[3]

It was here in 1949 that Winston Churchill first raced his Colonist II in the one mile Upavon Stakes. The horse won, and went on to win the Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot later that year.[1]

The racecourse[edit]

About sixteen race meetings take place at Salisbury Racecourse each year between early May and mid-October. It is a downland flat-racing course with no jumps. There is a mix of race types with the majority being handicaps, where horses of similar ability race against each other, and maidens, where horses which have yet to win a race compete. The course is also renowned for its races for two-year-olds, and many of these young horses have gone on to achieve great things.[2]

Notable races[edit]

Month DOW Race Name Type Grade Distance Age/Sex
June Sunday Cathedral Stakes Flat Listed 6f 3yo +
August Wednesday Upavon Fillies' Stakes Flat Listed 1m 1f 198y 3yo +
August Thursday Sovereign Stakes Flat Group 3 1m 3yo +
September Thursday Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes Flat Group 3 6f 2yo only f
Other races

Salisbury's earliest big race was the King's Plate for 6-year-olds, awarded by George I in 1723.[4]


  1. ^ a b Glueckstein, Fred (2014). Churchill and Colonist II: The Story of Winston Churchill and His Famous Race Horse. iUniverse. pp. 25–. ISBN 978-1-4917-4973-9. 
  2. ^ a b c "Racegoers Guide". Salisbury Racecourse. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Richard Edmondson (6 November 1998). "Racing: Cauthen finds bluegrass is greener". The Independent. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Whyte, James Christie (1840). History of the British turf, from the earliest period to the present day, Volume I. London: H. Colburn. p. 402. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°03′15″N 1°51′19″W / 51.05417°N 1.85528°W / 51.05417; -1.85528