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Beverley Races

Last Updated: October 12, 2018

Beverley Races has earned the accolade of being “the friendliest and prettiest racecourse in Yorkshire”, which isn’t bad seeing as it has plenty of opposition including the likes of grade one courses like York and Doncaster.

It is situated in the market town of Beverley in East Yorkshire and has been part of the town for over 270 years. Flat racing takes place on 19 days of the season, with the opening meeting in April and the final meeting in September.

The most famous horse to have raced at Beverley in recent years is Attraction, who won at the course as a two-year-old before going on to win the following season’s 1,000 Guineas for trainer Mark Johnston, one of the leading trainers at Beverley. 

Key Facts

Below are some key facts about Beverley Racecourse:

Founded: 1752

Course Type: Flat

Current Owner: Beverley Racing Company Limited


Beverley is a right-handed course measuring just over 11 furlongs, with a stiff uphill finish that includes a home straight of around two and a half furlongs. However, jockeys can usually get a breather into their horses before the finish as the course runs downhill into the final bend.

Meanwhile, the five furlongs course is uphill throughout, with runners having to negotiate a dog-leg. An inside draw is usually a massive advantage, though punters that can judge if front-runners have gone off too hard in front have probably landed a few in-running bets at tasty odds on the exchanges in recent years.

Notable Races

Beverley is famous for two races, those being the Hillary Needler Trophy, that usually takes place in May, and the Beverley Bullett that takes place in late August or early September. The Hillary Needler is a five-furlong race open to two-year-old fillies and has been won by some very good fillies including the likes of Attraction and Easton Angel. Meanwhile, the Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes is also run over five furlongs but is open to horses aged three and older. Many old favourites have won this race including Borderlescott and Take Cover.  

Other notable meetings include the Bygone Beverley Raceday in May, the Very British Raceday and the Family Day in July, and the Flemingate Ladies’ Day in August.

Dress Code

Beverley Racecourse has a variety of enclosures and dress codes vary slightly in each one. Visitors are asked to adhere to these dress codes to make everyone feel comfortable. 

The Premier Enclosure dress code is smart casual. Gentlemen are asked to wear a shirt with a collar, though jackets and ties are optional. Neither sportswear or shorts are permitted, though trainers and jeans are permitted providing they are both smart and clean. However, many visitors that buy tickets to the Premier Enclosure take the opportunity to show off their finest outfits.

The Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure doesn’t operate a dress code but, as many punters like to frequent the bars and restaurants here, many racegoers tend to prefer the smart casual look, dressing up for the occasion rather than dressing down.

The course enclosure is the most relaxed of all the areas at Beverley Racecourse, and many families choose to picnic here without feeling the need to dress up.

Interesting Fact

Beverley racecourse has recently become famous for its giant moths and toads. However, don’t worry, these are sculptures or installations. The latest addition is “A Moth for Amy” a six-foot moth commemorating the disappearance of the flying heroine Amy Johnson. Meanwhile, the Larkin Toad was the area’s biggest public art project, and Beverley Racecourse bought “The Neat Toad” when the collection was auctioned off.  

Address and Contact Details

The Racecourse Beverley, York Road, Beverley HU17 8QZ
01482 867488

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