Chepstow Racecourse

Address:
The Racecourse, Chepstow Racecourse, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 6BE - Map & Directions
Telephone:
01291 622260

One of just three racecourses in Wales, Chepstow is host to both flat and National Hunt races throughout the calendar year. First opened in 1926, with jump racing starting a year later, the first two-day event at Chepstow had good prize money and was nicknamed ‘The Welsh Goodwood’. At a different two-day meeting in 1933, famous jockey Gordon Richards won 11 consecutive races, before narrowly losing the 12th and final race of the event. During World War II, the racecourse became designated as RAF Chepstow and acted as an operational outpost of RAF St. Athan.

Following the opening of the Severn Bridge and the completion of the M4, Wales in general and the course at Chepstow was suddenly a lot more accessible to those visiting from England. From the M4, those travelling to Chepstow can take the M48 and exit at Junction 2, with the course on the A466 Chepstow to Monmouth Road. The train station in Chepstow is just a ten-minute walk from the town centre and is regularly served by trains from major cities such as Birmingham and Cardiff.

Ticket Prices

Ticket prices at Chepstow are very affordable, with adult entry to the course for all meetings priced at just £15. Those visiting who are under the age of 18 are allowed free entry when accompanied by a full paying adult.

The Course

The oval shaped course at Chepstow is grade 4 and measures 2m in circumference. Left-handed with stiff turns and sharp corners, the track is amongst the most undulating in the country with a difficult 5f home straight. The National Hunt course is shorter, measuring 1m7f and with a downhill run to the home straight turn the final few furlongs are always going to be fast paced, competitive and exciting. The steeplechase course has 11 fences whilst the hurdles has just seven flights and when the going is soft, which it often is, the National Hunt course is said to be one of the most testing in the country.

Major Meetings at Chepstow

Perhaps not as famous as it’s English and Scottish namesakes, but important all the same, the Welsh National has been run at Chepstow since 1949, having been transferred from its previous homes at Ely and Caerleon. The tough 3m5½f race features 22 fences and is run annually in December, almost guaranteeing a heavy slog. Famous jockey David Nicholson rode three successive winners in the national from 1959, whilst the race is generally used as an informative guide to see how horses will cope in the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Dining and Hospitality

The exceptional hospitality at Chepstow racecourse means customers are guaranteed good food and faultless service, with packages coming in three price tiers, which range from £49 to £99 per person. There is also a restaurant on site for guests, with the price of menus starting at £39, but increasing up to as much as £180 depending on the race day, meeting and the seating position requested in the restaurant.

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