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Where is Salisbury Racecourse?
Salisbury Racecourse is 5km west of the cathedral city in Wiltshire and 15km south of Stonehenge. It is situated just off the A3094 with the A36, A338 and A354 linking Salisbury to neighbouring areas.
Salisbury rail station is just east of the city centre with a free shuttle bus picking up from there and Castle Street on racedays.
What Is Salisbury Racecourse Famous For?
The first Salisbury Races took place in the 16th century with the City Bowl, which continues to this day, first run in 1654. Equine greats Gimcrack and Eclipse won the race in 1768 and 1769 respectively after the current racecourse was inaugurated in 1722.
Lester Piggott made his debut as a 12-year-old apprentice at Salisbury in 1948, and Mill Reef and Brigadier Gerard won two-year-old races in 1970. Salisbury holds 16 flat meetings each summer including some good juvenile contests headed by September's Listed Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes.
Salisbury is a right-handed loop course which looks like a needle with a large eye hole. Races longer than a mile and a half (2400m) start and finish on the home straight with the maximum distance one mile and six furlongs (2800m).
There is also a mile (1600m) straight course with an 'elbow' five furlongs (1000m) from home after it joins the bottom of the loop on the round course. It is pretty much uphill all the way from the elbow making stamina an asset.
Salisbury stages a number of themed meetings and family days in the summer with Ladies Day in July among the most popular.
The racing highlight is the one-mile Group 3 Sovereign Stakes held on a Thursday in mid-August.