Warwick racecourse is one of the oldest courses in the United Kingdom, just a quarter a mile walk away from the town centre. It has hosted meetings which date back to 1694 but the first stand was not completed until 1809. Warwick is credited with holding the first ever jump meeting which has given us the National Hunt as we know and love today.
The course is used for flat and national hunt racing it is a wide left handed course. On this course speed is preferred to stamina to cope with the sharpness of the course In races of 5 or 6 furlongs there is a bias towards low numbers.
The course holds 25 race meetings that are held throughout the year. The principal meeting that is held here is Kingmaker Day which hosts the Kingmaker Novices' Chase, this is a grade 2 race that is held annually in February. Another key race is the Eternal Stakes which is held in June.
Address: Warwick Racecourse Office, Hampton Street, Warwick, CV34 6HN
Flat: Warwick is a left-handed oval circuit of just over 1 3/4 miles with a run-in of 2 furlongs. There is no straight course, the 5 furlong course turns left at the junction with the round course. Mile races started from a chute.
Jumps: A left-hand almost circular course of one mile and three quarters with fairly tight turns. Ten fences per circuit, five in quick succession in the back straight and two in the short home straight. There is a run-in of 250 yards.
Road: W of town adjacent to the A429 2 miles from Jnc 15 of the M40 Parking: Free
Rail: Trains leave Birmingham Snow Hill for Warwick.