Bath Racecourse nestles between the thriving cities of Bristol and Bath, located about two miles from Bath on the Landsown plateau amidst stunning countryside. Flat racing takes place at Bath on 23 days a year during the summer and its most prestigious meeting is the Bath Cup Festival.
The course and its facilities were given a multi-million pounds face-lift in 2016 and, as well as racing, it is now a popular venue for weddings and conferences.
Below are some key features about Bath Racecourse
Course Type: Flat
Current Owner: Arena Racing Company
Bath Racecourse is often described as kidney-shaped or a flattened oval. It is an undulating galloping track measuring just over 12-furlongs, though the bends are quite sharp, and it is often advantageous to have a low-draw or to grab an early position near the rails if possible. However, the course does have a run-in that measures nearly four furlongs, so it’s possible for horses to conjure a late run, especially if the leaders have gone off too hard in front or there is a serious headwind.
Sprint races of 5 furlongs and 11 yards and 5 furlongs and 161 yards are run on a straight course courtesy of a chute. The course also struggles to water so, when the going description says firm, it can often be like a road.
Up until 2018, one of Bath’s most famous races was the Somersetshire Stakes. However, in 2018, this will be replaced by the inaugural running of the Bath Cup, which forms part of the two-day Bath Cup Meeting in September. On the first day, racegoers can stay behind to watch James Blunt and Tom Grennan in concert. Meanwhile, the second day is a family fun day.
Bath’s next biggest race is the Lansdown Fillies Stakes which is a Listed Race run over five furlongs. The race takes place in April and its highest-rated winner was Cassandra Go who was trained by the now retired Geoff Wragg. However, the most famous horse to run in the race was Kind as, though she could only finish third, she has since given birth to Frankel.
Other popular days include Ladies’ Days, where the local ladies like to show off their best outfits whilst enjoying some great racing and Bath Racecourse’s excellent hospitality.
Bath Racecourse does not operate a strict dress code for many areas, though smart casual is preferred to sportswear. However, there is a formal dress code for some enclosures and hospitality packages.
If you’ve booked a ticket for the Roof Garden, smart casual is a must, though this includes smart tailored shorts or denim shorts. However, you may be turned away if turning up in ripped denim or sportswear, no matter how good you think you look.
The Grandstand dress code is pretty much the same dress code as for the Roof Garden. However, fancy dress is allowed providing it will not cause offence to other racegoers or children.
Punters booking a hospitality package, a restaurant meal, and owners and trainers are encouraged to wear smart attire. Men must wear a shirt but are not required to wear a tie. Denim shorts or sportswear is not allowed, whilst men can’t wear sandals or flip flops.
Meanwhile, ladies’ days are usually the time that ladies put on their best dresses, whilst many also like to try out a new hat. Hat’s aren’t required though. Men are also encouraged to dress smartly to fit in with the occasion.
Bath Racecourse is 780 feet above sea level, making it Britain’s highest flat racing track.
Address and Contact Details
Bath Racecourse, 12C Lancaster Park Needwood, Needwood DE13 9PD