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Horses race towards the finishing line in front of crowds at Hereford Racecourse.

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History of Hereford Racecourse


Hereford Racecourse is owned by Herefordshire Council, leased and operated by Arena Racing Company.  It is a popular racecourse for trainers starting their horse's careers and for prep races ahead of prestigious Festivals later in the season.  

  • 1771 first recorded race meeting at Hereford Rcecourse
  • 1774 - 1883 Flat racing took place
  • 1840 first hurdle race
  • 1939 racing ceased for World War II
  • 1946 racing resumed with £14,000 investment & land leased from HCC
  • 1960s racecourse is modernised including buuildings on site today
  • 1970 onwards number of racedays increased from 9 - 15 with some fixtures taken from the closure of Stockton Racecourse
  • 1975 saw 219 runners in one day with 14 races!
  • 2000 bought by Sir Stanley Clarke for £3m to join Northern Racing
  • 2012 racceourse closed
  • 2016 Hereford Racecourse reopened with 5,000 racegoers

The course is almost rectangular in shape measuring about 1m 3f around and is widely regarded as a fair, galloping track. 

Many a horse has started off a glittering career, most recently Finian's Oscar made a stunning British debut at the track in December 2016.  
A horse is led round the parade ring at Hereford Racecourse.

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