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Where is Chepstow Racecourse?
Chepstow is just over the Welsh border from Gloucestershire west of the River Wye and north of the Severn. Chepstow Races are about 1.5km north-east of the town centre and on the A466 north from J2 of the M48, close to the now toll-free Severn Bridge crossing.
Chepstow rail station is just outside the town centre and about 20 minutes walk from the racecourse. There are raceday shuttle buses from there as well as buses from Newport rail station to the track.
What is Chepstow Racecourse Famous For?
Chepstow Racecourse was opened in 1926 but the transfer of the Welsh Grand National there in 1949 raised its profile immensely. Jumps racing took precedence after that but it still hosts flat meetings in the summer.
It is Wales' most prestigious racecourse and also hosts what has now become the curtain raiser to the National Hunt season, including the Grade 2 Persian War Novices' Hurdle, in early October.
Chepstow Racecourse Track Specifics
Chepstow is a left-handed undulating oval track almost two miles (3200m) in length. There is also a one-mile (1600m) straight track for flat racing which includes the five-furlong (1000m) run-in from the main course.
The undulations and long run-in make stamina and patience assets, particularly when the going is testing, although the finish is slightly downhill.
Biggest Meeting's at Chepstow Racecourse
The Welsh Grand National meeting takes place two days after Christmas with the eponymous feature Wales' most valuable race. At three and three-quarter miles (6000m) in often heavy ground, this can be a real war of attrition.
Also that day is Wales' only Grade 1 contest, the Finale Juvenile Hurdle
Visit the official Chepstow Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!