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Where is Southwell Racecourse?
Southwell Racecourse is 5km south-east of Southwell in Nottinghamshire and 8km west of Newark along the A617.
The racecourse is adjacent to Rolleston rail station on the Nottingham to Lincoln line. Rolleston is one stop from Newark Castle, a 15-minute walk from Newark Northgate on the mainline.
What Is Southwell Racecourse Famous For?
The first Southwell Races took place in the mid-19th century on Burgage Green in the town centre. A track was established nearby in 1886 but dangerous road crossings saw its licence revoked in 1897. Rolleston was quickly chosen as the new course venue and held its first meeting in May 1898.
In 1989, Southwell became the second British track to host all-weather racing after Lingfield. Frankie Dettori rode the first all-weather flat winner at Southwell although there were also all-weather jumps meetings (discontinued in 1994).
Southwell Racecourse Track Specifics
Southwell is a tight left-handed mile-and-a-quarter (2000m) oval with the turf jumps course on the inside of the all-weather. There is a straight five-furlong (1000m) course incorporating the three-furlong (600m) run-in.
The fibresand all-weather has greater kickback than other artificial surfaces and is now unique to British racing - after Wolverhampton switched to polytrack in 2004 – resulting in regular course specialists.
Biggest Meetings at Southwell Racecourse
Just over two-thirds of Southwell's fixtures are on the all-weather. Its premier races are All-Weather Championships heats in the winter ahead of Finals Day at Lingfield on Good Friday. For occasional racegoers, Ladies Day in mid-August is very popular.
Visit the official Southwell Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!