Wolverhampton Racecourse Guide

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Welcome to our official guide to Wolverhampton Racecourse.

We explore this busy and popular all-weather flat racecourse in detail, looking at its history, hotel picks, fixtures, and travel information.

Wolverhampton Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England.

The Wolverhampton racecourse track was the first to be floodlit in Britain and often holds meetings in the evening. The race course in Wolverhampton track surface has been Tapeta since 2014.

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Wolverhampton Racecourse Guide

Overview of Wolverhampton Racecourse

Wolverhampton Racecourse is the busiest course in Britain – hosting over 80 race days a year and other assorted events, too!

The racecourse, on-site hotel, restaurants, bars and conference and exhibition centre make this one of the region’s most important events venues.

Wolverhampton Racecourse (Dunstall Park) is situated about a mile north of the city centre, and this proximity to local facilities, amenities and transport links makes it easily attended by many.

Wolverhampton’s claim-to-fame is that it was the first racecourse in the country to have a floodlit track.

Evening meets remain popular today and once you’ve been to one, you’ll understand why – it’s easy to feel the magic of the sport under dazzling lights through dusk! Many evening races are followed by live music performances, further cementing the course as one of the West Midlands’ favourite venues.

Wolverhampton Racecourse has a Tapeta surface; an American synthetic material made of sand, fibre, rubber and wax. The only other racecourse in the UK to have this surface is Newcastle Racecourse – all others are based in the US!

Indeed, Wolverhampton Racecourse has much more in common with American racecourses than British ones: it is one mile in circumference with left-hand turns in an extremely tight oval course.

Wolverhampton Racecourse has been extensively redeveloped over the years and this work is set to continue. Future plans put to Wolverhampton City Council include seeking planning permission to extend the on-site hotel to almost quadruple its current capacity, to tarmac new car park areas and to open a casino, which would be the UK’s first racino (another very Americanised introduction!)

Alongside a busy exhibition centre and spaces for weddings and private occasions, Wolverhampton Racecourse has truly become one of the most important prestigious venues in the local area for the community there.

Wolverhampton Racecourse

Wolverhampton Racecourse History

Horse racing can be traced back in Wolverhampton as far as 1825, and on its current site (Dunstall Park) from August 1888.

National Hunt racing was actually the most popular form of the sport to be held at Wolverhampton Racecourse but ceased when an all-weather surface was installed in place of its existing sand.

Much of Wolverhampton Racecourse’s redevelopment has been fairly recent.

In 1993, the course had its floodlights installed and was re-opened as Britain’s first floodlit track by HRH Queen Elizabeth II the next year.

In 2001, fibresand was installed as a new track surface, but this only lasted three years before being replaced by Polytrack. This replacement proved to be controversial, and after several incidences on the track, was investigated. Although it was ruled to be safe, the Polytrack was in 2014 replaced with Tapeta; at the time, as the first UK track to be.

Today, Wolverhampton Racecourse is owned and operated by the Arena Racing Company, who continue to develop and invest into the site and its facilities. As the largest racecourse managing group in the UK, they know a thing or two about successful venues and will no doubt continue to nurture and develop the sport.

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The Main Races and Events Held at Wolverhampton Racecourse

Given Wolverhampton Racecourse’s jam-packed racing calendar, there’s plenty of events to choose from, but the ‘main’ ones here are simply the most attended.

The All-Weather Championships has been run here for over twenty years and is designed for trainers to keep their horses active over the winter months. Six competitive categories see a wide variety of horses hit the track, so there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy.

One of the other key races is the Lady Wulfruna Stakes. 

Wolverhampton Racecourse’s Boxing Day Racing is a fixture in many family festivities and often attracts the largest crowds in the UK on the 26th of December. All usual hospitality options are available but with a seasonal twist, so this is a popular treat for those looking to do something a little different with their holiday break.

Wolverhampton Racecourse Map

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Wolverhampton Racecourse Map

The course is a flat, left-handed circuit of just under a mile in length.

The bends are fairly sharp and tight, with a relatively short home straight of under two furlongs. This means that it tends to favour speedy horses who can hold a position close to the pace, as opposed to those who need time to find a full stride.

Is there a draw bias at Wolverhampton Racecourse?

Wolverhampton Racecourse is a synthetic all-weather track and as such, there is very little draw bias.

This is because the surface is very consistent and does not change over the course of the meeting.

However, there is a small advantage for horses drawn low over the 8 furlong distance, as they have a slightly shorter distance to travel to the first bend. This advantage is minimal and is often offset by other factors such as pace and form.

Overall, Wolverhampton is a track where pace is often a key factor in determining the outcome of races, rather than any significant draw bias.

What is the Draw Bias at Wolverhampton 5 Furlongs?

When it comes to Wolverhampton’s 5 furlongs distance, there doesn’t appear to be a strong draw bias. However, analysis of the data suggests that in larger fields with over 10 runners, low drawn horses have a significant advantage.

This could be due to the sharp turn out of the stalls, which puts the inside runners in a better position to negotiate the turn and secure a good position in the race.

It’s worth noting that Wolverhampton’s 5 furlongs track is a relatively new course, having only been opened in 1994, so there isn’t a vast amount of data to draw on. Nevertheless, the trend of low draws being favourable in larger fields is one to bear in mind when considering bets on races over this distance at Wolverhampton.

What is the Draw Bias at Wolverhampton 7 Furlongs?

Based on the analysis of past races, there is only a slight draw advantage at Wolverhampton over 7 furlongs.

This is quite unexpected given the course configuration, where the horses start on a chute and then run straight into a left-handed bend.

One would assume that low drawn horses would have a significant advantage, but the stats show otherwise.

It’s worth noting that this slight bias towards low drawn horses seems to be more pronounced in races with larger fields. In smaller fields, there appears to be no significant advantage either way.

It’s important for punters to keep an eye on the draw, especially in larger fields, but it’s not the sole factor to consider when analysing a race at Wolverhampton over 7 furlongs.

What is the Draw Bias at Wolverhampton 1 Mile?

Surprisingly, Wolverhampton’s mile race is the only distance at this course that has a significant draw bias, with low numbers being preferred.

However, it is worth noting that the outside stall has been quite productive as well. Wolverhampton’s mile race is run on the same straight as the 7-furlong race and starts on a chute, running straight into a left-handed bend.

The slight bias towards low numbers may be due to the bend as horses drawn low can take advantage of the bend and get a better position going into the turn.

It is worth noting that Wolverhampton’s mile race is typically run by horses that are not the fastest or the slowest, and they tend to run at an even pace throughout the race.

This means that the position of the horse going into the first turn can have a significant impact on the outcome of the race, which could explain the draw bias towards the low numbers.

While the bias is not as extreme as some other courses, it is still something to consider when handicapping races at Wolverhampton’s mile distance.

Wolverhampton Racecourse Address

The official address for Wolverhampton Racecourse is:

Wolverhampton Racecourse
Dunstall Park
West Midlands

How To Get To Wolverhampton Racecourse

The ways to get to Wolverhampton Racecourse is:

  • By foot – the course is walking distance from Wolverhampton city centre but is off a dual carriageway, so it’s easiest to reach by road.
  • By car – there are over 1500 free car parking spaces on the site and frequent buses and coaches serving the course. The official info for your sat nav is Wolverhampton Racecourse, Dunstall Park, Wolverhampton, WV6 0PE.
  • By trains – trains run regularly to Wolverhampton from Birmingham, Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester.
  • By Air – for air travel, Birmingham International Airport is some 25 miles away and the on-course helipad is available for arranged landings.

Hotels Near Wolverhampton Racecourse

There’s no need to walk the mile to Wolverhampton city centre to stay the night – Wolverhampton Racecourse has its own hotel on-site!

The Holiday Inn Express Wolverhampton Racecourse offers a variety of room packages and some even include hospitality options on race days at the course. There are only 52 rooms on-site at the moment, but this is set to be expanded to 170 in the next few years. Should the Holiday Inn Express Wolverhampton Racecourse be fully booked, you’ll find branches of Premier Inn, Novotel, Ramada Jarvis, Travelodge, Best Western and Mercure all in the city centre.

Betting Shops Local to Wolverhampton Racecourse

Betting shops can be found in all enclosures at Wolverhampton and there are Tote facilities alongside independent bookmakers who can be found by the side of the rails and track.

As this isn’t a countryside racecourse, you’ll find a mobile signal to be strong, so online betting is also an option should you fancy a flutter but forget your wallet.

In Wolverhampton city centre, there are not hundreds of options of betting shops, but branches of Betfred, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Paddypower can all be found locally.

What Are The Best Wolverhampton 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 great deals on this page. For more information on these best horse racing betting sites check out our reviews and our betting comparison page.

Wolverhampton Races 2024

Here is the horse racing calendar for Wolverhampton Races in 2024:


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Wolverhampton Racecard and Wolverhampton Race Results

The racecards for Wolverhampton races will be released the day before the races are set to happen (Wolverhampton races tomorrow). You can view full racecards in advance, check out  – tomorrow’s horse racing meetings and today’s horse racing meetings. In these, you will get an advance look at all the runners, trainers, form and riders.

You can also of course purchase a racecard from the track which carries much of the same useful information. Many like to keep these as souvenirs, especially from big horse racing events.

Other Events Held at Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton Racecourse has a licence to perform civil weddings and is a really popular venue to do so at, as well as funerals, wakes, birthdays and big celebrations.

The conferencing centre is booked almost year-round for business exhibitions and meetings, and the course itself is frequently used for live music and tribute acts.

Wolverhampton Races

Popular Questions

✅ What should I wear to Wolverhampton races?

When attending Wolverhampton racecourse you are advised to dress as smart casual. You aren’t allowed to wear ripped jeans, trainers or sportswear when going into the restaurant or hospitality areas.

✅ What is the best draw at Wolverhampton?

The best draw at Wolverhampton changes depending on the distance. Over 5f and 6f low, draws have had the advantage.  Over 7f or further, there is no draw bias.

✅ How long is Wolverhampton Racecourse?

Wolverhampton Racecourse is one mile around, with left-hand turns – it is known as quite at tight track and has a Tapeta surface.

✅ What channel is Wolverhampton race?

You can watch the Wolverhampton on At The Races, which is Sky channel 415, Virgin channel 534, and UPC in Ireland/channel 418.

✅What are the upcoming wolverhampton race course events?

There are many Wolverhampton race course events happening throughout the year.

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Summary of Wolverhampton Racecourse

Wolverhampton is a popular racecourse and the busiest in the UK. That doesn’t detract from it being a special night out and it’s popular with locals and those on a fun night out.

The AW Championship are very popular and certainly worth a visit.

Close to the lively town city, it’s a racecourse we hold dear, and an important track for racing in the UK.

It’s definitely worth a visit.