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Where is Bath Racecourse?
Bath Racecourse is 4km north-west of Bath city centre up Lansdown Road and some 10km south ofJ18 of the M4. Bath Spa in the city centre is the nearest rail station with a shuttle bus operating on racedays.
What is Bath Racecourse Famous For?
Racing first took place at Bath in 1728 but the first official Bath Races were held in its present site in 1811.
At 780 feet (238m) above sea-level, it is the highest flat racing track in the country.
Bath Racecourse Track Specifics
Bath consists a left-handed elongated kidney-shaped galloping track around one and a half miles (2400m) long featuring two sharp turns. It has extended uphill and downhill sections and an uphill finish coming at the end of a long half-mile (800m) run-in. Horses are almost on the turn throughout although there is a 'straight' track of just over five and a half furlongs (1100m).
That long run-in makes those that strike early for home vulnerable late on. Due to it having no watering facilities, firm ground is more common than at most racecourses.
Biggest Meeting's Bath Racecourse
Bath's biggest meeting is now on Good Friday with the five-furlong (1000m) Listed Lansdown Fillies' Stakes the feature although there are also two competitive and equally lucrative handicaps on the card.
While June's popular Ladies' Day and a number of themed and family meetings provide much of Bath's revenue, there is one other black-type race on calendar - the Listed Beckford Stakes for fillies and mares over one mile and six furlongs (2800m) held in October.
Visit the official Bath Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!