Welcome to our official guide to Chepstow Racecourse. In this section we explore this great jump and flat racing racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a guide to the race tracks, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!
- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 Main Races and Meetings
- 4 Chepstow Racecourse Map
- 5 Address
- 6 How to Get There
- 7 Hotels
- 8 Best Chesptow Betting Sites
- 9 Chepstow Racecourse Fixtures
- 10 Chepstow Racecourse Weather
- 11 Other Events at the Course
- 12 Summary
- 13 Other racecourses
If you picture a racing meet in Wales, it’s safe to assume that thoughts will immediately turn to Chepstow. This famous course offers flat races throughout the summer and National Hunt events during winter, most notably the Welsh Grand National.
Chepstow is the most prestigious racecourse in Wales, located in the historic town of the same name. Chepstow is just 16 miles from Bristol, making it easy to access from England via the Severn Bridge. Chepstow Racecourse, which covers 270 acres, is part of the Arena Racing Group.
The track runs for around 2 miles, bending to the left. The racecourse hosts both flat and hurdle racing, with the events divided neatly by the calendar. National Hunt season opens with a bang in October and runs through to April. Flat racing then commences in May, concluding in September of each year.
While flat racing was previously considered more prestigious, the arrival of the Welsh Grand National made National Hunt racing the highlight of Chepstow’s calendar. As the most prestigious equestrian event in Wales, countless visitors flock to the racecourse for this meet every festive season. Chepstow boasts many more events through the year, however.
Chepstow Racecourse endured a rocky start to life. The course was officially opened in 1926, and then almost immediately suffered foreclosure. It was kept open thanks to a substantial bank loan, but financial struggles continued for over a decade. During WW2, due to the cessation of sporting events, the racecourse became an RAF outpost.
Following the signing of the Paris Peace Treaties to official conclude hostilities, the Welsh Grand National was moved to Chepstow in 1949. This breathed new life into the racecourse. The completion of the M4 and Severn Bridge provided a further boost of Chepstow Racecourse, making it more accessible to English equestrian enthusiasts.
Main Races and Meetings
Chepstow Racecourse hosts 32 events each year. By far the most prestigious of these is the Welsh Grand National, which typically unfolds over the Christmas period. This is the richest race in wales, with a prize fund of £150,000.
Chepstow Racecourse also hosts an annual Easter Raceday and party, depending on when Easter may fall in any given year.
Precise dates and times are subject to change based on weather, circumstances and the foibles of the calendar, so it’s always advisable to keep an eye out for any amendments. Unless otherwise stated by event organisers, Chepstow Racecourse operates a smart-casual dress code.
Chepstow Racecourse Map
The official correspondence address:
That may look like a lack of detail but rest assured – the racecourse is a significant landmark in the town of Chepstow. Anybody with a passing knowledge of local geography will find the venue without issue.
How to Get There
Chepstow Racecourse is found on the A466, linked to the west end of the Severn Bridge. You can reach Chepstow Racecourse by leaving the M4 East at Junction 21 or the M4 West at Junction 23, where you’ll find yourself on the M48. From here, just follow the many and plentiful road signs that direct visitors toward the racecourse.
If you’re using public transport, the nearest train station – unsurprisingly – is Chepstow. This station is served directly from a number of major cities, though other travellers may need to change at Newport or Cheltenham Spa, depending on where the journey began.
Once you arrive in Chepstow, take a ten-minute stroll to the town’s bus station. From here, regular shuttle services transport passengers to and from the racecourse for a mere pound. If you’d prefer, you can travel on the same service from Newport for a slightly higher fee.
Flying into Chepstow is a little more awkward. You’ll need to land in Bristol or Cardiff and travel from there. Where possible, it will be more cost- and time-efficient to travel by road or rail.
Chepstow Racecourse is a major attraction to the historic town that shares its name, so accommodation is plentiful. Look into The First Hurdle Guest House and the Beaufort Hotel first. Both of the venues are located within walking distance of the racecourse. The St. Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club is a little further afield but is a delightful venue.
One important thing to note is that Chepstow is a town, not a sprawling city. The popularity of the racecourse means that accommodation can quickly fill up, while visitors also flock to Chepstow for its many and varied historical attractions. It’s advisable to book well in advance where possible. If you need to base yourself further away, look at the neighbouring town of Tintern. You’ll find a range of B&Bs here.
Best Chesptow Betting Sites
At British Racecourses we often recommend betting online and via apps. This is because you can often get the best odds, great offers when signing up and you can place bets quickly and safely without having to queue.
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Chepstow Racecourse Fixtures
The full fixture list for Chepstow typically looks something like this:
- January – two standard National Hunt meets.
- February – two standard National Hunt meets.
- March – two standard National Hunt meets.
- April – Party Raceday to celebrate the Grand National, one evening National Hunt meet.
- May – the first Flat Meeting of the year, and two further standard Flat meets.
- June – three standard Flat meets, including one evening event.
- July – two standard Flat meets (one daytime, one evening), in addition to Ladies Evening and Caribbean Night
- August – two Flat standard meets (one daytime, one evening) and a Family Raceday on the August Bank Holiday
- September – three standard Flat meets.
- October – Jump Season Opener (spread over two days and nights) and one further standard meet. The Jump Season Opener doubles as a celebration of older horses, hosting such events as the Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle, Robert Mottram Memorial Trophy and Persian War Novices’ Hurdle.
- November – two standard National Hunt meets.
- December – Christmas Party Raceday and the Welsh Grand National.
Chepstow Racecourse Weather
Punters and race-goers love to keep up with the weather to predict going conditions, as well as making sure what they wear is suitable. Here’s the current weather forecast for Chepstow:
Other Events at the Course
Chepstow Racecourse is one of few venues outside Cardiff to host musical performances from major artists – both domestic and international – in Wales. Notable past performers include UB40, Madness and Simply Red, as well as local heroes Feeder and Tom Jones. Celebrated mod pioneers The Jam are scheduled to close out the Jump Season Opener in October 2020.
Chepstow Racecourse can also be hired as an indoor venue. This makes it a popular wedding destination, as well as hosting private parties for other celebrations and corporate events.
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