Huntingdon Racecourse Guide

Welcome to our official guide to Huntingdon Racecourse. We explore this great small jump racing racecourse in detail, looking at its history, hotel picks, fixtures, travel info and even the weather!

Huntingdon Racecourse

Overview of Huntingdon

Situated just 2.5km out of the market town of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon is much more than just a horseracing venue – it’s a designated conservation area, too!

Huntingdon Racecourse, also known as Brampton Racecourse, is a 21.1 hectare countryside Site of Special Scientific Interest in Cambridgeshire. It sits in the flood plain of Alconbury Brook and is a neutral grassland rich in species; a rare trait for a habitat in the area. Notably, the site has the largest population of green-winged orchid in the county. Other plants include pepper-saxifrage and salad burnet. However, protected habitat spaces aside, Huntingdon Racecourse is also a functioning venue.

Huntingdon only hosts jumps racing, but that’s not to say it’s any less popular than dual-purpose courses – and indeed its reputation is so good, it’s often nominated for ‘Best Small Racecourse’ in award ceremonies covering East Anglia and the South Midlands.

In 2016, the ground staff at the course were awarded the title ‘Best in Britain’, on account of their exemplary service and commitment to excellence. The site is considered favourably amongst jump racing fans and industry insiders and is rated ‘Excellent’ as a venue by VisitEngland.

Huntingdon hosts races across 18 days, year-round.

For a smaller venue, the facilities at Huntingdon certainly pack a punch. On-site you’ll find a fine dining restaurant, a champagne and seafood bar, a drinks bar and a bistro, and on occasions and weekends, free entertainment is put on for children; making it a popular attraction for local families looking to do something different with their weekend. Huntingdon Racecourse is owned by The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in horseracing.

The Racecourse History

Back in 1886, horseracing began at Brampton, starting with a three-mile steeplechase across the Easter weekend which was won by a horse called Catherine The Great. During the 18th and 19th centuries, several courses sprung up across East Anglia, including at St Ives and Wisbech; but few survived and Huntingdon was one of the successful handful to make it. The most dominant force at Huntingdon Racecourse was, for many years, was trainer Henrietta Knight, who saddled eight winners in ten years between 1998 and 2007!

Notable horses who have raced at Huntingdon include Desert Orchid, Dublin Flyer, Remittance Man, Best Mate and Monet’s Garden.

Main Races and Events at The Track

The most prestigious race to be run at Huntingdon annually is the Peterborough Chase, held every December. A Grade 2 National Hunt Chase, the Chase is open to horses aged 4 or over and is run over two miles and four furlongs. 16 jumps are to be raced and the prize money stands at approximately £65,000. The most successful horse at the Peterborough Chase is Edredon Bleu, who has won four times and was trained by (of course!) Henrietta Knight.

Whilst the Peterborough Chase is the most prestigious race, the Boxing Day races are the best attended. Families and individuals from all over the local area flock to Huntingdon as tradition – to watch horseracing and to catch the entertainment put on!

Huntingdon Racecourse Address

Huntingdon Racecourse
Thrapston Road
PE28 4NL

How To Get To Huntingdon Racecourse

  • By train – the nearest train station to the course is Huntingdon, which sits on the mainline from London Kings Cross. Taxis are available outside and the venue is less than three miles away. On racedays, complimentary transport is put on for those arriving and departing by train.
  • By road – Huntingdon is well signposted by road and is situated less than half a mile from Junction 22 on the A14 (which links with the M1, M11, A1 and M6). There are numerous improvement works happening on the A14, so leave early to avoid disruption due to delays. Info for your sat nav – Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 4NL
  • By air – private aircraft can land on the course by prior appointment and arrangement.

Racecourse Map and Guide

Huntingdon Racecourse Map
Courtesy of At The Races

The track at Huntingdon is right-handed, oval and with easy bends measuring for about a mile and a half. There are nine fences in total – some of them particularly tricky – but no longer a water fence, as this was filled in back in 2008. The course is considered fast; favouring those with speed over those with stamina. The track is flat, so often attracts novices to racing and is as a result an exciting course for spectators with odds wide open and new talent emerging. An Open Ditch sits right in front of the stands, making for an extraordinary viewing experience!

Hotels Near Huntingdon Racecourse

The nearest hotel to the course is literally situated just outside of it – the Holiday Inn Huntingdon Racecourse. This has all of the facilities you’d expect from a Holiday Inn chain hotel, but prices are at a premium because of its location. The nearby Premier Inn Huntingdon is a roadside hotel situated between the A1 and A14 and offers similar facilities at cheaper prices. In the town of Huntingdon itself, you’ll find the Huntingdon Marriott Hotel, George Hotel and Willows Park & Marina. For the best deals and offers check out:

Best Huntingdon Races Online 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.

If you are looking to bet online we recommend the following great deals with some amazing offers for new customers:

Betting Shops Local to Huntingdon Racecourse

As with most UK racecourses, Huntingdon has Totepool facilities throughout the venue, standard betting shops and independent bookmakers track-side willing to make a deal. The mobile signal is strong in Huntingdon, so online betting can be enjoyed easily, too (and many race-goers choose to use the free Wi-Fi from the nearby Holiday Inn Huntingdon Racecourse). Huntingdon isn’t big enough a town to play home to many betting shops, but you will find branches of Ladbrokes and William Hill in the town centre, as well as a Coral in a suburb.

Huntingdon 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 Huntingdon:

Other Events Held at The Track

Huntingdon is not just a horseracing venue, but also a multi-purpose venue for conferencing and live entertainment. Family Fun Days are always well attended, and car boot sales take place weekly on the course (hosted by a third party company). The Christmas Parties on-site take advantage of the fantastic dining options on offer, and sell out quickly every year.

Huntingdon Racecourse

Summary of The Racecourse

A stunning if small course owned by the brilliant Jockey Club, Huntingdon is a popular jumps course with locals as well as racing fans. It has a great reputation as a brilliant day out – superb customer service, friendly meetings and a buzzy atmosphere it is one of the best small racecourses in the UK and most certainly worth a visit. It’s a little gem.

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