National Hunt racing has been taking place in Huntingdon for over 130 years and the racecourse has welcomed some of the equine greats in that time. Star horses that have frequented Huntingdon Racecourse include Desert Orchid, Dublin Flyer, Remittance Man, Best Mate, One Man, Monet’s Garden, and Edredon Bleu, many of whom won the course’s flagship event the Peterborough Chase.
The racecourse is also a popular venue for corporate events such as meetings, exhibitions, conferences, and team building days. Meanwhile, socially, it hosts weddings, and other celebrations such as Christmas parties.
Below are some key facts about Huntingdon Racecourse.
Course Type: Jumps
Current Owner: Jockey Club Racecourses
Huntingdon Racecourse is a right-handed oval-shaped course with a circuit of about 12 furlongs. The layout is flat and tends to favour horses that travel easily throughout a race when the ground is decent. The fences are quite stiff and, as races are usually run at a decent pace, dodgy jumpers are often found out. Hurdle races often attract ex-flat horses, as they often have a big too much toe for the late-maturing National Hunt horses of a similar age.
Huntingdon Racecourse stages around 18 days of racing each season, with fixtures starting in October and ending in May. It hosts fun meetings such as the Magpas Air Ambulance Beer Festival Raceday and the Edmondson Hall Solicitors Winter Ladies Raceday.
Huntingdon’s most notable races include the Lady Protectress Mares’ Chase, a race that was won by Rene’s Girl in 2018. However, the two biggest races of the season are the Peterborough Chase and the Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle.
The Grade 2 Peterborough Chase traditionally takes place in December over 2 miles 4½ furlongs and the race boasts a magnificent role of honour. Before the turn of the century, it was won by top-class horses such as Pegwell Bay, Travado, Dublin Flyer, One Man, and four-time winner Edredon Bleu. Since then, the likes of Best Mate, Jair du Cochet, Monet’s Garden, Riverside Theatre, Al Ferof, and Top Notch have added their names to the list of winners.
The Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle takes place in February over 2 miles 3 furlongs and 110 yards. Its most notable winners include French Holly and Refinement.
Huntingdon Racecourse doesn’t operate a formal dress code, though smart or smart casual is often the preferred style of racegoers that frequent the hospitality areas. However, the advice is always to dress with the weather in mind.
On typically nice spring or summer days, ladies often come dressed in the sort of smart attire they might be seen in when guests at a wedding. The sun can also be very bright, so accessorize your outfit with a wide-brimmed sun hat and sunglasses. However, it’s also a good idea to always have a light jacket on hand in case it clouds over, as can be the case in a typical English summer. Having a raincoat not too far away can also prove a smart move.
Meanwhile, men are often seen attending the warmer meetings in a light suit or smart shirt and tailored trousers. Trainers and ripped clothing are forbidden.
In winter, smart dress is still preferred, though many tend to hide their attire under a wool or tweed coat. Boots are also a plausible option, as are a hat and gloves.
Fancy dress that won’t cause offence to other racegoers is permitted.
In 2012 and 2014, Huntingdon was voted East Anglia’s and the South Midlands “Best small racecourse”.
Address and Contact Details
Huntingdon Racecourse, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 4NL