Chester Course Guide

Considered to be the oldest racing venue in England; racing around Chester’s tight ‘Roodee’ track has taken place since 1539 and 500 years on the track itself has changed very little – the city walls and banks of the River Dee shaping two thirds of the circuit.

The sharp nature of the course mean that it races exclusively on the Flat and Chester’s May meeting is now considered to be one of the highlights of the Flat racing year. Highlight of the three-day Festival is the historic Chester Cup, a two and a quarter mile handicap, but the fixture also boasts Classic trials in the shape of the Chester Vase, Dee Stakes and Cheshire Oaks, plus valuable races for older horses in the Huxley Stakes and Ormonde Stakes.

Among the top-class horses to have been successful at the course’s May fixture are Light Shift, Noble Mission, Shergar, Old Vic, Ruler Of The World, Teenoso, Harbinger, St Nicholas Abbey, Pentire, Oath and Kris Kin.

Flat Racing

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Left handed, very sharp. A circular course that's only just over a mile round, it's on the turn almost throughout and has a run-in of under two furlongs, heavily favoring those that race to the fore as it's easy to find trouble with little time to recover. A low draw at Chester is a huge advantage, even in middle-distance races, and particularly so in large fields.

At Chester, for most of any race, your horse will be leading with its near-fore, the one closer to the inside rail. And you have only two chances to change that: in the short home straight, or after the winning post in contests longer than a full circuit. You need to maximise those if you want to make ground or get a breather into one, because it’s not natural for a horse to lead on its near-fore all the way. It can pay to be brave in sprints. The straight may be short, but there’s still time to ride a finish.

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Upcoming Races


14:10 Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer Novice Median Auction Stakes (Plus 10)

(Class 4) (6f 17y)
Light blue, orange epaulets (Middleham Park Racing Lxxxvi)
  • Winner: Marie's Diamond
  • Jockey: F Norton
  • Trainer: M Johnston
  • Owner: Middleham Park Racing Lxxxvi

14:40 City Of London Handicap

(Class 2) (1m 4f 63y)
Red, white epaulets, diabolo on sleeves (Berkshire Parts & Panels Ltd)
  • Winner: Berkshire Royal
  • Jockey: F Norton
  • Trainer: A M Balding
  • Owner: Berkshire Parts & Panels Ltd

15:10 Whitley Neill Handcraft Gin Fillies' Handicap

(Class 4) (7f 127y)
Black, black and white check sleeves (Whitehills Racing Syndicate)
  • Winner: Bush Beauty
  • Jockey: Shelley Birkett
  • Trainer: E J Alston
  • Owner: Whitehills Racing Syndicate

15:45 Liverpool Organic Gin Handicap

(Class 3) (5f 15y)
Black, large red spots, armlets and cap (Galloway,lawrence,merritt & Mrs Blake)
  • Winner: Gold Filigree
  • Jockey: Nicola Currie
  • Trainer: Richard Hughes
  • Owner: Galloway,lawrence,merritt & Mrs Blake

16:20 Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger Handicap

(Class 4) (1m 2f 70y)
Royal blue, white stars and sleeves, red cap, white stars (Mr Derek & Mrs Marie Dean)
  • Winner: Ice Canyon
  • Jockey: Liam Jones
  • Trainer: W M Brisbourne
  • Owner: Mr Derek & Mrs Marie Dean

16:55 Aber Falls Welsh Gin Handicap

(Class 4) (6f 17y)
Emerald green, white stripe, sleeves and cap (Porterhouse Ltd J Goddard)
  • Winner: Zac Brown
  • Jockey: Joshua Bryan
  • Trainer: Charlie Wallis
  • Owner: Porterhouse Ltd J Goddard

17:30 Crabbie Whiskey Handicap

(Class 4) (1m 4f 63y)
Emerald green, black hoop, hooped sleeves (Mr Tim Wixted & Mr Tony Anderson)
  • Winner: Lorelina
  • Jockey: F Norton
  • Trainer: A M Balding
  • Owner: Mr Tim Wixted & Mr Tony Anderson

Address & Contact

Chester Race Company
The Racecourse
01244 304610

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