Welcome to our official guide to Hamilton Racecourse. Our teams explore this great flat racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a guide to the track, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!
- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 Racecourse Map
- 4 Main Races and Meetings
- 5 Address
- 6 How to Get There
- 7 Hotels
- 8 Best Hamilton Races Online Betting Sites
- 9 Other Events at the Course
- 10 Hamilton Weather
- 11 Summary
- 12 Other Racecourses in the UK and Ireland
Hamilton may be a name on everybody’s lips due to the celebrated stage music, but it’s so much more. Hamilton Park is one of the most scenic and picturesque racecourses in Scotland, boasting Flat race meetings from May through to September.
Hamilton Park is a major venue in Scotland, located close to Glasgow. The racecourse does not hold too many reputable races, but every event is a party waiting to happen. Most racedays are themed and accompanied by musical performances or DJ sets.
Hamilton hosts exclusively Flat race meets, kicking off its season in May and wrapping up in September.
If placing a bet, stamina is key, Hamilton Park is not an easy course despite its comparatively diminutive size. Try to avid low numbers and locate yourself as close to the far rail as possible. This provides the best possible view of the racing action.
The course is owned by the Hamilton Park Trust, which acts as a non-profit. Since 1973, every penny made by Hamilton Park Racecourse has been spend on development and improvement by the trust. Most recently, in excess of £2m was spent on revamping all facilities, making Hamilton Park a state-of-the-art venue.
Hamilton Park enjoys a rich history in Scottish racing, dating back to 1782. In 1947, Hamilton Park hosted the UK’s first-ever evening race meet – a tradition that continues to this day.
In 1971, Hamilton Park changed the again with the first ever morning meet.
The racecourse that stands today has been in operation since 1926, though naturally, a variety of modernisation processes have taken place since then.
Right handed, sharp, undulating. There are steep gradients into and out of a pronounced hollow just over three furlongs from the winning post, with a severe hill up to the finish. When the ground becomes testing, runners generally stick to the far rail.
Main Races and Meetings
Hamilton Park provides Flat race meets for half the calendar year. Thankfully, the season runs through the summer. This ensures that weather in the Scottish Lowlands should have minimal impact on events. The going will largely remain good, and events are less likely to be rained off.
Hamilton Park does not host many major fixtures, but it remains a great location for star-spotting. Many reputable and famous jockeys and runners compete at the course over the season. A typical fixture list for Hamilton Park Racecourse will look like this:
- May – Hamilton Park may not be active all year around, but there is certainly plenty going on the during the season. May sees three events at the racecourse. A Family Raceday kicks off proceedings, typically on the first weekend of May. A second, evening meet takes place mid-Month, usually followed by a major DJ set and dance party. May is rounded out by the Cadzow Castle Raceday.
- June – June is a bumper month at Hamilton Park, with no less than five events typically scheduled. Two traditional racedays kick off the month, followed by the Bothwell Castle Raceday in the middle of June, headlined by the Bothwell Castle Handicap Stakes. The Saints and Sinners Racenight is a themed event later in the month, which raises money for numerous small charities. The Almada Raceday, which features the valued Almada Mile, rounds out the month. If the foibles of the calendar dictate, the latter may be bumped to July.
- July – July hosts The Big One at Hamilton Park – The Glasgow Stakes. A listed race that unfolds on a Friday night, The Glasgow Stakes is a major event in the Sottish sporting calendar and is celebrated with appropriate levels of pomp and ceremony. July also sees a Family Race Night and a traditional racenight.
- August – Hamilton Park does not rest on its laurels after the bonanza of July. August opens with Ladies Night, usually headlined by a celebrity judging the Best Dressed Lady of the evening and playing a DJ set to complete the party atmosphere. This is followed by the Scottish Trophy Raceday, headlined by the Scottish Trophy Handicap Stakes. August is rounded out with another major race – the Silver Bell Racenight, in which the titular bell is awarded ahead of a night of music and decadence.
- September – September concludes the Hamilton Park season with a bang. A traditional racenight opens the month, followed by standard raceday. Toward the end of the month, the Sodexo Raceday is another afternoon-long party, but the season wraps with a Family Weekend Raceday that is fun for all ages. Under 18s enter free, and there are a plethora of complimentary children’s activities throughout the venue.
Always be sure to investigate that a racing event is going ahead before making arrangements and check an official fixture list released by Hamilton Park Racecourse directly. All race meets are subject to change due to a wide array of external circumstances.
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How to Get There
As it’s based a mere fifteen minutes from Glasgow, Hamilton Park Racecourse is pleasantly simple to travel to. You’ll have a plethora of options open to you, including flying.
- By car – Naturally, driving also remains an option. You’ll need to get onto the M74 and leave at Exit 5. This will lead you to a roundabout. From here, unmistakable brown signposts will lead you directly to Hamilton Park Racecourse.
- By train – If taking the train, the nearest station is Hamilton West – around a fifteen stroll from the racecourse. You’ll need to change at Glasgow Central of Motherwell to get to this station, as it’s comparatively small and localised. By bus, take route 255 from Glasgow city centre or Hamilton bus station. This service runs roughly every ten minutes and drops you right outside the racecourse.
- By air – just jet into the aforementioned Glasgow and take a taxi. You could even fly into Edinburgh, though this airport is a further ten miles afield.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to affordable accommodation around Hamilton. There are no less than five hotels within a mile of the track, all of which will typically charge under three figures for an overnight stay. If you’re keen on a reputable chain, look no further than the Hilton based in Hampton. This also happens to the closest hotel to the racecourse. The Strathclyde Park Holiday Inn is also close, and surprisingly low-cost. If you’re really keen to keep the budget low, take a look at the Innkeeper’s Lodge, the AlonA or the Day’s Inn. Any of these hotels are perfectly reputable and are based within a stone’s throw of Hamilton Park Racecourse.
Best Hamilton Races Online Betting Sites
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Other Events at the Course
Like all major racecourses, Hamilton Park can be booked for private functions. If you’re interested in reserving the venue for a wedding or corporate event, why not take a virtual tour of the facilities? As the racecourse does not operate between November and April, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make use of the function rooms.
In addition, Hamilton Park occasionally hosts musical performances. Oftentimes these are tied in with racedays, but occasionally standalone shows are booked. Some of the major names to perform at Hamilton Park in recent years include Tom Jones, Steps, JLS, Peter Andre, The Saturdays and Westlife.
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 Hamilton:
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