Bangor Racecourse is located just 25 minutes away from Chester and it is nestled in the idyllic setting of the countryside of North Wales aside the banks of the River Dee. It hosts 14 National Fixtures every year and attracts horses from many of the top stables, despite not being regarded as one of the UK’s premier jumps tracks.
The most notable horse to have ever run here is probably Denman, who went on to win a Cheltenham Gold Cup. It is also a popular place for conferences and weddings, and even the odd charity fun run.
Course Type: Jumps
Current Owner: Chester Racing Company Limited
Bangor racecourse measures 11 furlongs and resembles a cross between a circle and a triangle as, though it looks to have three sides, horses are turning left-handed throughout most of a race. The course is generally regarded as a fast course, one that is ideally suited to horses that can travel on the bridle for a long period of the race, ideally conserving their maximum effort for the finishing straight.
The fences on the chase course are regarded as fair and, though they’re not as stiff as some of the Grade 1 National Hunt Tracks, they pose enough of a test to get poor jumpers into trouble.
Bangor also holds point-to-point racing, though runners race around the inside of the traditional racecourse and race right-handed.
Bangor Racecourse hosts fixtures throughout the year including fixtures in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Indeed, in 2018, the only two months it didn’t host jumps racing were July and September. Perhaps, surprisingly, in the modern world of racing, Bangor doesn’t have a festival, with none of its 14 fixtures being run on consecutive days. Instead, the course gives its meeting titles like Ladies Day and Family Fun Day.
Prize Money isn’t particularly attractive at many of Bangor’s meetings, but that’s certainly not the case at the Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity Day for Maggie Clatterbridge meeting in November. This meeting hosts three £20,000+ races including the Anne Duchess of Westminster Memorial, and the Yorton Stallions Mare’s Novice Chase.
Bangor Racecourse does not operate a dress code but, in a world were smart casual seems to be taking over, more and more visitors are using a day at the races as an opportunity to get dressed up. People that buy a hospitality package often come smartly dressed, with ladies wearing a dress and sometimes a hat and men choosing to wear suits.
Ladies are advised to bring a decent-sized handbag, just large enough to fit a racecard in (23cm x 12cm), meaning they’ll also have somewhere to keep their valuables, and any winning betting slips until they have time to cash them in.
Many of the areas surrounding the racecourse are grass, so it’s also wise to check the weather forecast when considering what shoes or boots to wear.
Every racecourse in Britain has a grandstand, with the exception of Bangor racecourse. However, due to the nature of the course, punters still get an excellent view of the races.
Bangor Racecourse has not used the Tote (now Betfred) to offer bets since 2012. Instead it uses BangorBET, its very own in-house betting system.
Address and Contact Details
Bangor On Dee Races – The Racecourse, Overton Road, Bangor-On-Dee, Wrexham LL13 0DA
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