Southwell Racecourse

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Southwell
The stands, Southwell Racecourse - geograph.org.uk - 50231.jpg
LocationSouthwell, Nottinghamshire
Coordinates53°04′10″N 0°54′22″W / 53.06944°N 0.90611°W / 53.06944; -0.90611Coordinates: 53°04′10″N 0°54′22″W / 53.06944°N 0.90611°W / 53.06944; -0.90611
Owned byArena Racing Company
Screened onSky Sports Racing
Course typeFlat (turf and all-weather)
National Hunt
Official website

Southwell Racecourse (pronounced /ˈsʌðəl/ or /ˈsaʊθwɛl/) is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located 2 miles (3 km) east of Southwell in Nottinghamshire, England. It is one of only six racecourses in the UK to have an all-weather track and is the only one with a fibresand surface. Fibresand is a mixture of sand and wispy fibres.

National Hunt racing on a turf course also takes place at Southwell. In 2007, the Great Yorkshire Chase (now Skybet Chase) was held at Southwell, while Doncaster Racecourse was closed for redevelopment.

Southwell racecourse will always be associated with female jockey Hayley Turner, who grew up locally and had her first job in racing with a trainer based adjacent to the track.

The racecourse was forced to close temporarily in December 2012 when flooding caused major damage to both the track and the buildings on site.[1] Meetings scheduled for the all-weather flat course were transferred to Wolverhampton and Lingfield. The course successfully re-opened on 5 February 2013 with a seven-race flat meeting. Initial meetings following the re-opening had a limited capacity while renovations continued.

Drone controversy[edit]

In January 2019, that 'betting' drones have become a nuisance at Southwell Racecourse. Drones have been flying over the racecourse and broadcasting live footage over the internet. BBC News pointed out that drone footage can be two seconds ahead of broadcasters, which gives punters a financial edge while "live betting." Greg Wood, a racing expert at the Guardian, said that racetracks are profiting from the time lag by selling tickets for boxes that have dedicated internet feeds. These feeds allow punters to use the fast connection to place bets. It was reported that drones had made an appearance "at every single meeting [at Southwell], for the last six months."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southwell racecourse closed by flooding until February". Dec 3, 2012. Retrieved Oct 3, 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ "'Betting' drones frustrating UK racecourses". BBC.

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