Thirsk Racecourse

In the Northern Yorkshire area, a real passion for racing exists. As the premium racecourse in the region, then, Thirsk Racecourse is one of the most popular of its kind. Located in Thirsk itself, this small racecourse is relatively straightforward. For many, it’s that simplicity that makes it stand out so much.

The left-handed oval nature makes it stand out as a more Americanized design. Around 1 mile in length, it has 2 furlongs with a 3-furlong finishing straight, and a 6-curlong chute. This makes for exciting races that, while simple, are often deeply competitive and can be incredible fun to watch.

The course has stood in a version of its present self for close a century. Opened in 1923, it’s the legacy of more than two centuries of prior racing before it was finally built as a primary spot to race in.

For this year, the area has a rich history of horse training, long established before even Thirsk Racecourse was opened. This means that many trainers use the excellent course, making the most of the road which takes you from Thirsk to Ripon.

While it’s a race short on much history in the way of unique races, it’s got a rather sombre tale to tell. It was the substitute for the St. Leger race for the 1940 edition. As the edition held during the Second World War, it holds a rather sombre reputation. That aside, though, this is a racecourse with plenty of charm and spectacle.

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