Tuesday is a huge day of racing, with action continuing at Galway and the 2017 Glorious Goodwood Festival getting underway. Goodwood’s major races include the G2 Vintage Stakes (2:25pm), the G2 Lennox Stakes (3:00pm) and the G1 Goodwood Cup Stakes (3:35pm).
There are also cards to run the rule over at Worcester, Perth and Yarmouth, as well as Beverley where the first of 8 races takes place at 2:00pm.
Racing At Beverley
The very first annual meeting at Beverley was initially established in the year of 1767. Up until that point, races had only occasionally been held there. At the turn of the 19th-Century, racing stopped taking place at Beverley for a few years. Then, a 3-day meeting was established which took place after the May Festival in York.
There are usually just 20 days of racing at Beverley, in a single year. However, the racecourse does hold two listed events – the Hilary Needler Trophy and the Beverley Bullet Sprint.
The course-distance of 1m 3f and Beverley is a right-handed track. The turf does not undulate a great deal, but the finishing straight features a fairly steep incline which really tests the horses’ stamina.
A Spot For Sprinters
Beverley is well-known for holding sprint races. The draw can be extremely important at this racecourse – especially in 5f events. Connections are always particularly keen to secure a low draw. This is because the right-hand bend is very sharp and the ground runs away to the left-hand side. Jockeys will always try and secure a prominent position on the rail. Failing to do so can mean that the race is lost after just a couple of furlongs.
The first grandstand was built on the racecourse in May 1767. It was built with a budget of just £1000. In the late 1960s, a more modern grandstand was constructed. Not a great deal of work has taken place since then, although some degree of modernisation is in evidence. Beverley is regarded as an unpretentious ‘nuts and bolts’ course.
There are a number of enclosures at the racecourse. The Premier Enclosure is by far the most luxurious. This features the Attractions Restaurant, Whistlejackets Real Ale Bar and the Terrace Bar. Further refreshments can be found at the 1690 Bar.
The Grandstand & Paddock enclosure is ideal for those with a mid-range budget. Food and drink can be purchased at the Nosebag Restaurant, the Rapid Lad Bar and the Touch Above Bar. The intriguingly-named Minster Bar & Lavender Lawn are also worth exploring.
The Course Enclosure is ‘cheap as chips’ and set in the very-centre of the racecourse. It offers a great value for money day out and many families with young children can be found here.
You will have no problem securing parking at Beverley Racecourse. Compared to many other racecourses, Beverley is regarded as being excellent value for money. There is no formal dress code at Beverley, although plenty of people do decide to dress-up – particularly when the listed races are being run.