All Weather Draw Biases

In Britain there are four active all weather racecourses with one currently mothballed.

Lingfield is the oldest all weather course followed by Southwell. Wolverhampton turned to sand in 1993 and it was thirteen years later before the next all weather course at Kempton was built.

Great Leighs was the latest of the all weather racecourses to be built but financial difficulties led to the closure of the course in 2009. New owners are negotiating to obtain permission to resume racing at this Essex course.

Lingfield Racecourse

Trackside Restaurant Lingfield Racecourse

Lingfield Park is known for being the first all weather course in the UK. This picturesque racecourse also hosts Flat Turf and National Hunt meetings making it one of the most busiest racecourses in Europe.

Established in 1890 the racecourse is steeped in history: it has a perfect blend of victorian architecture, contemporary buildings and picturesque gardens. Along with state of the art facilities and a championship golf course, Lingfield Park offers extensive hospitality facilities making it a superb and memorable day out for friends, family or work colleagues.

Until Kempton Park opened as an all weather track Lingfield was the course with the classiest all weather races. Lingfield hosts numerous group races throughout the year culminating in the two day Winter Derby festival at the end of the main all weather season in March.

Kempton Racecourse

Panoramic Restaurant Kempton Racecourse

Kempton Park is Britain's newest all weather course and opened in March 2006. The track was built using the latest generation of polytrack which enables racing all year round day or night.

The first all weather track in Britain to run right-handed the course also boasts a retractable floodlighting system - so when there is no racing under lights the columns go down and everybody can have a great view of the track during daytime meetings.

Kempton offers extensive catering facilities to suit all pockets. You can opt for relaxed dining in the Premier Suite or there is a huge variety of food outlets in the Paddock Enclosure, if food on the go is your thing. Corporate and group entertainment packages are also available for entertaining friends, family, clients or colleagues.

Southwell Racecourse

Seasons Restaurant Southwell Racecourse

Southwell racecourse is one of the premier sporting venues in the East Midlands. Southwell provides race meetings all year round - mainly all weather racing but they also host flat turf and national hunt meetings. To add to your enjoyment there are also a variety of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets.

Entertain friends, relatives or business associates in style at Southwell Racecourse. The modern, private hospitality boxes are set within the Premier Enclosure and is ideal for hosting guests in a high profile environment with superb views of the entire course.

Southwell Golf Club is situated on course. The first nine holes being in the centre of the racecourse. Race and Play packages are available which include a round of golf and a days racing.

Strange But True

Kieren Fallon has a poor record at Southwell (9% strike rate). He once said he does not like the course because the Fibresand sticks to his hair.

Wolverhampton Racecourse

Restaurant Wolverhampton Racecourse

Wolverhampton Racecourse is Britain's first floodlit racecourse and one of the busiest hosting around 100 meetings a year.

Well known for its themed Saturday evening race meetings it offers a unique and thrilling atmosphere.

There are various bars and food outlets to choose from in the Grandstand Enclosure. There are many restaurants too with the flagship being the 370 seater with panoramic views of the course Horizons restaurant.

Wolverhampton also prides itself on being an excellent Conference and Exhibition centre offering various suites and seminar rooms. Weddings are also well catered for with various packages and they also have a licence to perform civil weddings.

The course also has it own on site hotel - the Holiday Inn Garden Court. It has 54 rooms, a restaurant, fitness room and conference suites.

During it's history Wolverhampton has had three different types of all weather surface. Initially the course was made using Fibresand. In 2004 that was replaced with the more versatile Polytrack. In August 2014 (after strong criticisms of the Polytrack, which had deteriorated and was badly maintained) the surface was replaced with Tapeta - a new type of all weather of all weather surface that had not been used in Britain before.

Great Leighs Racecourse

Note: Great Leighs closed in 2009. Talks are underway to resume racing in the future.

Great Leighs Racecourse

Opened in 2008 Great Leighs racecourse was the fisrt new racecourse to be built in Britain for over 80 years. Located in Essex to the north of London this racecourse has a great catchment area and is popular with Newmarket based trainers.

The two-storey grandstand will be the place to be in Essex, with bars and eateries open until late after racing, and with concerts planned. It will be operational on many other days for other events, such as live broadcasting of racing elsewhere, and of other major sports. Great Leighs is the only racecourse to own the ADI high definition TV screen.

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Article created 01-Nov-08. Data analysed from Nov-98 to Nov-08. Stats may have changed since.

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