Racing has been taking place at Wolverhampton Racecourse since 1825, though the modern facilities are unrecognizable from the original racecourse. The course introduced a fibresand all-weather track in 1993, which was then changed to polytrack in 2004. The course was changed again in 2014 to a tapeta surface.
Nowadays, Wolverhampton racecourse (also referred to as Dunstall Park) stages all-weather flat racing throughout the year. Its two most notable races are the Listed Lady Wulfruna Stakes and the Lincoln Trial Handicap.
Some of the most famous horses to have run at Wolverhampton Racecourse include three horses that went on to run well at the Breeders’ Cup in America in Conduit, Muhannak, and Toast Of New York.
Wolverhampton Racecourse is also a popular venue for corporate entertaining and social functions.
Course Type: Flat all-weather racing
Current Owner: Arena Racing Company
The Dunstall Park layout draws many similarities to some of the horse racing courses in America, as it is a one-mile oval-shaped course with sharpish bends and a two-furlong straight. The course currently has a tapeta surface, all of which lends itself to the type of horse that has the early speed to adopt a good early position and maintain it through the first three-quarters of the race, whilst saving enough in reserve to repel any late challenges. This is especially true at distances of five furlongs, seven furlongs, and a mile, when a low-draw can be a huge advantage.
Wolverhampton’s main two races of the season are the Lady Wulfruna Stakes and the Lincoln Trial.
The Lady Wulfruna Stakes is a Listed Race run over 7 furlongs and 36 yards. It was first run in 2002 and both Border Music and Dunelight have won the race twice. Other notable winners include Sovereign Debt, whilst Second Thought won the race in 2018. The winner of this race normally earns automatic entry to one of the races on All-Weather Finals Day, which is held on Good Friday at Lingfield.
Meanwhile, the Lincoln Trial is a class 2 handicap run over a mile. It is also open to horses aged four and older and is seen as a stepping stone to success in the Lincoln Handicap, which is the first major handicap of the flat season held at Doncaster. However, the two races are a world apart, as the Lincoln is run on a straight mile on turf. Recent winners of the Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton include Big Country, Nimr, Keystroke, and Mindyourownbusiness.
Like at many modern racecourses, feature days such as Ladies Day and Gentleman’s Day are seen as perfect occasions to dress to impress by racegoers. Ladies are often seen in posh frocks and hats on Ladies day, though hats aren’t obligatory.
If you’re attending the Premier Enclosure or any restaurant or hospitality enclosure, smart casual is the order of the day. Smart jeans are permitted, but ripped denim, are not. You will also be refused admission if wearing casual shorts, sports shirts, or offensive t-shirts.
The grandstand has no official dress code, but anyone wearing anything that may offend others will be refused admission.
In 1993, Wolverhampton Racecourse became the first racecourse in England to offer punters the thrill of evening racing under floodlights.
Wolverhampton Racecourse, Dunstall Park, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV6 0PE
01902 390 000