History and General Information for Bath Racecourse
The first recorded race at Bath Racecourse was held almost 300 years ago in 1728. In 1811, the Blathwayt family hosted the first significant meet at Bath Racecourse. Initially, the racecourse hosted just a single major event per year, but over time the schedule has expanded; Bath Racecourse is now home to over 20 significant meets per year. The racecourse annually hosts the Lansdown Fillies’ Stakes in April, as well as the Beckford Fillies’ Stakes in October.
Bath Racecourse is a left-handed oval track and measures out to 1 mile, 4 furlongs, and 25 yards, with a run-in of just under half a mile. The racecourse is a flat course, and at 780 feet above sea level, it has the highest elevation of any flat racecourse in Britain. The course itself is primarily known for its frequent strong gusts of wind and a challenging home stretch that is set on a relatively steep incline. At the end of the home straight, there is an extension that is used during sprint races.
During World War II, Bath Racecourse was converted into a landing field by the Royal Air Force and renamed “RAF North Stoke.” The racecourse was also home to one of the stranger incidents in British horse racing history in 1953 when a group of gamblers and bookmakers conspired to fix the results of the Spa Selling Place by swapping two similar looking horses and cutting the telephone lines to the racecourse.
In addition to being a premium historic setting for horse racing, Bath Racecourse also serves as a concert venue during the summer months. It can also be reserved for private events, such as weddings, parties, or corporate outings.
Bath Racecourse is owned by the Arena Racing Company (ARC). In 2016, ARC completed a dramatic multi-million-pound renovation that brought several modern touches to the historic racecourse. The parade ring was overhauled, a new grandstand and canopied roof garden were added to accommodate more massive crowds, and unique dining and beverage options opened to the public.
Bath Racecourse does not have a formal dress code. However, a “smart casual” outfit is recommended for enjoying the rooftop garden and other hospitality areas.
Where is Bath Racecourse?
Bath Racecourse can be found on Lansdown Hill, just a couple of miles north of the town of Bath. The racecourse is easily accessible by car, located only six miles south of Junction 18 on the M4 Highway. Parking at the racecourse is free. The racecourse is also accessible by bus, rail, and even air, with Bristol Airport located approximately 20 miles away and helicopter landings at the racecourse on race days.
For overnight visitors, Bath Racecourse’s website recommends staying at either the Hotel Indigo Bath or Tracy Park Hotel. Still, there are many other options available in the town of Bath.
What is the Highest Attendance at Bath Racecourse?
The current record for attendance in a single day at Bath Racecourse is 9,631 and was set on Easter in 2019. In addition to Easter day, there are a variety of other popular events at Bath Racecourse that draw large crowds. These include Ladies’ Day, an annual event that combines horse racing with high fashion, music and drinks, fireworks and bonfire night, and “Dino Family Day,” during which human contestants race in inflatable T-Rex costumes.
How Do I Bet On Horses At Bath Racecourse?
If you’re looking to place a wager on some of the action at Bath Racecourse, there are many options available to you. There are many bookmakers on site, with a range of different odds for each horse. Betting with these bookmakers is a straightforward process; go up to one of these bookmakers and tell them which horse you would like to back and for how much. The bookmaker will then give you a ticket that will have information such as odds and return value for a potential winner.
Betting with a bookmaker has fixed odds, which means you will know exactly how much money you stand to win when you place your bet. This can make things simpler for people that are new to betting on horses. Still, as previously stated, odds will vary depending on which bookmaker you choose, so it’s important to compare your options to make sure that you’re getting the best possible return on your bets.
In addition to the action available with the bookmakers at the track, Bath Racecourse is also home to many different tote shops where bettors can place a large variety of wagers. Under this format, bets are not placed individually against a bookmaker, but rather collectively in a pool of money formed by other bettors. The odds for your bet will vary depending on how many other people enter the pool and how many other people share the same picks as you. If your bet ends up winning, your payout will depend on these factors; if there are fewer people that are sharing your winning picks, you’ll get to take home a larger share of the pool.
Inexperienced gamblers may be scared off by the uncertain payouts involved with winning tote bets, but they do offer some distinct advantages over placing your bets with a bookmaker. For one, there are generally far more wagering options available at the tote shops, as opposed to the relatively straight forward bets offered by most bookmakers. So if you’re looking to place a trifecta, a quadpot, or some other more exotic kind of wager, the tote shop might be the place to go.
Additionally, the community payout structure can offer opportunities for gamblers to maximize their winnings. A smart bet in a large pool at the tote shop could potentially lead to a much bigger payout than what you might get from a bookmaker.
The good news is that both bookmakers and tote shops are readily available at Bath Racecourse, so you can try both for yourself and decide which you like best.