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Worcester Races

Last Updated: January 22, 2019

Horse racing has been taking place at the current home of Worcester Racecourse for over 300 years and the course is now widely referred to as “The home of summer jumps racing”. It stages around 20 jumps meetings each season between May and October, with flagship meetings including June’s Ladies Day and a variety of family fun days and other themed days.

A Notable race at the course is the Richard Davis Memorial Chase, which is named in honour of Richard Davis, a young jockey that sadly died in 1996 after a fall at Southwell. Meanwhile, famous horses that have won at Worcester before going on to bigger successes include Morley Street who won a Champion Hurdle and Iris’s Gift who won a Stayers’ Hurdle.

When Worcester Racecourse isn’t staging horse racing, it doubles as a popular venue for corporate entertainment, private parties, events, Christmas parties, and weddings.

Key Facts

Established: 1718

Course Type: Jumps

Current Owner: Arena Racing Company


Worcester Racecourse is one of the fairest jumps tracks in England. Flat in nature, with easy to negotiate fences and bends, there are seldom any hard luck stories. The course does have a long home straight, which gives horse plenty of time to mount a challenge, but winners more often than not race prominently throughout, especially when the ground rides good or faster.

This is the reason why the course often attracts many useful horses, especially novice hurdlers and novice chasers for whom their trainers are looking for a nice easy introduction.

Notable Races

The Richard Davis Memorial Handicap Chase normally takes place in October and it is a class three handicap chase run over 2 miles and 7 furlongs. Recent winners include Allelu Alleluia, Remind Me Later, Fayette County, Upswing, and Lookslikerainted, whilst two of the last four winners have been trained by Jonjo O’Neill.

Dress Code

Think smart casual and you should be okay whatever enclosure you have tickets for at Worcester racecourse, though you should always bear in mind the weather when choosing a suitable outfit. If it’s warm, tailored shorts are welcomed even in the restaurants.

Ladies Day in June is the perfect excuse for female racegoers to combine fashion with a day at the races. Ladies don’t have to put on their nicest dress and hat, but many choose to. If you’d like to enter the best-dressed lady competition, this takes place in the County Enclosure.

Smart casual dress is required in the Seven Restaurant, County Enclosure, and Private Boxes, and anyone wearing sportswear or ripped denim will not be permitted. Meanwhile, the Centre Course Enclosure has a relaxed dress code, which includes inoffensive fancy dress.

Interesting Facts

Worcester Racecourse has witnessed plenty of exciting racing in over 300 years of history, but three very interesting events standout.

As well as horse racing, Worcester Racecourse used to stage bare-knuckle boxing.

In 1824, Worcester Racecourse attracted a then-record 229 runners for an eight-race card.

In January 1965, Cnoc Na Cuille was ridden to victory by her owner HRH The Princess Royal.

Contact Details

Worcester Racecourse, Grand Stand Road, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 3EJ
01905 253 64

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