National Hunt and Flat
Approx no. of meetings
Rail from London (1 hour 20)
Railway station to Racecourse (2.5 miles, complementary service on racedays)
Taxis – Didn’t use them this time
One main stand, 5 bars, corporate boxes and the Peterborough Chase restaurant. We ate in the restaurant and it gave a great view of the finish line.
There are two hotels which are good for the racecourse itself. The Marriot is a couple of miles away, but the Holiday Inn is on site and a mere 400 yards from the entrance to the track. It is a new hotel and if booked in advance through the Holiday Inn Website some very good deals can be found on rooms.
Visited on a family fun day. There were picnic and main stand tickets available, but we ate in the restaurant that day, for which there were two packages (£61, £73 pp)
(2) Return before the end of the challenge
28th May 2018– UK Tracks Visited (45)
Apart from managing to confuse the Sat Nav on the car upon arrival, staying at the holiday Inn when racing at Huntingdon is simplicity itself. The barrier entry system means you will be able to park and although there are no check-ins before 3, you can leave your car and head straight off to the races.
There has been Steeplechase racing at Huntingdon (or is it Brampton) since 1866 and this is borne out by a very mature and picturesque track. The main A14 is just about visible from the track but there is little noise bleeding through; the whole place is incredibly tranquil. This became even more evident the following morning when we awoke to a heavy mist, but also almost zero traffic noise.
The track itself is a fairly flat oval which appears to be just over a mile in length, with a variety of configurations enabling jumps, hurdles and flat racing to take place. On the day we were there the races varied in length from 2 miles up to 3 and a half miles. The track is visible in its entirely from the grandstand, there are no hidden bits are obstacles in the way as we have seen at other tracks.
This is a very friendly track and everything ran like clockwork which is often the way at Jockey club courses. The staff were helpful and knowledgeable, but this also may be related to the fact that this was the last meeting of the season and everybody was well drilled in their roles.
One of the great joys of racing is seeing the little extras before and after the main race meet. Sometimes due to travel, we miss these special events, but are so much happier when we can stay for them. In this case, Huntingdon ran two Pony races, in two separate height classes. What we got to see was exciting racing with the star jockeys of the future. Thank you, Huntingdon races, a really nice way to end a great day at the track.