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Chester Racecourse

Chester Racecourse

Rah Rah (front right) ridden by Franny Norton wins The Stellar Group Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes with Silver Wings finishing second, during the Betway Chester Cup Day of the Boodles May Festival at Chester Racecourse.

Chester race course, also known as the Roodee is said to be the oldest racecourse that’s still in use today, in England. Not surprising as the earliest horse races at Chester date back to the early 16th century.

The history books suggest horse racing was introduced to Chester in 1539, to replace the Goteddsday football match. The match was banned, due to high-levels of player injury and the ramifications that came with it.

The Mayor of Chester at the time gave his consent to the first recorded horse race at Chester, and his name – Henry Gee, led to the use of the term “gee gee” for referencing horses.

Races at Chester took place on an open field until 1817, when their first grandstand was completed. The grandstand had to be rebuilt in 1985, due to an arsonist raising it to the ground.

Nowadays, Chester racecourse is pivotal to the local economy and has become a focal point throughout the year.

Chester Races Tips

You’ll find race tips for Chester listed here on a daily basis when Chester host their horseracing days. Be sure to check back here before placing your bets, we have a team of horse tipsters with valuable insight to share.

Tips and odds will be recommended from our tipsters who’ll examine the form and give you valuable insight into each horse race.

Chester horse racing tips:

Chester Tip of the Day

We’ll provide tips for Chester Races on a daily basis when events are on. Remember to check back when Chester races starts.

Betting at Chester Races

Placing a bet at Chester races couldn’t be simpler. Chester has their own brand of betting called The Chester Bet. You’ll find Chester Bet vendors throughout the racecourse.

Close to every vendor you’ll find live information screens giving odds and racing positions for all the races. Staff are knowledgeable and will do all they can in aiding you to place your bet.

There have been some good winning bets made at Chester, a noteworthy winner was Harry Challinor, from Tarporley. Harry selected and won six of the last races of the day and won a Toyota GT86, worth a cool £24,000. Not bad, considering he won it on the back of a £2 bet.

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The Chester Race Course

Bring a picnic to the course, there’s a lovely Open Course picnic area to enjoy. Remember a cooler, you’re allowed to bring a moderate amount of fizz, or ale, with you into this area of the course.

You can also park within the Carpark Picnic Area and Gazebos are often erected, adding to the carnival feel. Once in the Open Course, walking in alcohol is not permitted and glass containers are not allowed. Though you can bring in your gazebos and picnics.

Chester Horse Racingcourse

The course is considered to be one of the smallest in England, measuring just 1 mile and a furlong.
Chester races offers a great day out, for groups of friends, colleagues and families too. It’s good to arrive early, to avoid the crowds. Gates to the course open, usually, 2 hours before the first race. We would recommend a good arrival to be around the 11.30 am mark. You’ve then ample opportunity to get bedded in to the lovely surroundings.

Chester Racing Dates & Fixtures

DateRacing Fixture

Sat 26th Aug 2017Ladies Day

Sat 2nd Sept 2017Chester Stakes Day

Fri 15th Sept 2017Autumn Festival

Sat 16th Sept 2017Autumn Festival

Sat 30th Sept 2017Season Finale

Wed 9th May 2018Chester Cup Day

Thurs 10th May 2018Chester May Ladies Day

Fri 11th May 2018Chester City Day

Sat 26th May 2018Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Sat 16th June 2018Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Fri 29th June 2018Flat – Evening – Turf

Sat 30th June 2018Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Fri 13th July 2018Flat – Evening – Turf

Sat 14th July 2018Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Sat 28th July 2018Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Sun 5th Aug 2018Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Chester Race Course Ticket Information

You’ve a good choice of tickets when watching the horses at Chester. There are seven enclosures in total and pre-bookable private hospitality and restaurant packages available.

Prices are dependent on the event but enclosure tickets start at the lowest figure, usually from £10 on the Open Course. Tickets can go up to £90 for The Winning Post Enclosure.

Chester Racecourse Directions

Situated just on the banks of the River Dee, it occupies 65-acres of lush land.

Car parking is available but a first come first served policy is in place. So, arrive early and purchase in advance when booking your tickets.

Close to a range of motorway junctions – M53, M56, M6 and the A483 road. The course is well sign posted on race days too.

Chester Race Course
Chester
CH1 2LY

Tel: 01244 304 610

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