Warwick

Hoofing It

Circuit

Warwick

Race Types

National Hunt

Approx no. of meetings

30

Getting There

Rail from London (1 hour 20 mins)

Railway station to Racecourse (2 miles)

Taxis - Plentiful

Website

warwick.thejockeyclub.co.uk

Facilities

Multiple stands and eating places.  We settled in the first bar with a bottle of champagne, but there appeared to be plenty of places to eat, drink and bet.  As it was a family fun day there were also attractions for the kids.

Staying over

Several hotels in Warwick nearer to the station than the racecourse.  Stayed in the Castle Limes, which was a friendly family run hotel.

Tickets

Family fun day so only two types of ticket, central picnic area or grandstand.  This may vary on normal race days.

Rating

(2) Would return before the end of the challenge

The Day

7th May 2018– UK Tracks Visited (44)

Madam Hoof and myself combined the visit to Warwick with some well-deserved R&R and a little bit of house hunting.   Stratford-Upon-Avon looks like the future home of Hoof Towers and this bodes well for the racing in general.  With Olly Murphy being located nearby (We are members of the racing club) and the tracks in Stratford, Warwick, Worchester and Hereford being close by, this really is a haven for the racing enthusiast. 


Arriving at the Castle Limes hotel the night before, we had time to suss out the lay of the land and also to understand the logistics of getting to the race, which was perfect prep for the next day.  Rather like our trip to Huntingdon, this was another marvellously hot bank holiday Monday and so we arrived, a little overdressed to be greeted by another family fun day in full swing. Well Warwick, you certainly know how to throw a party.  A great race card, excellent charity racing and collecting for good causes and a really well organised day.


I haven’t spoken about track layouts for a while, but this was one that worked very well.  The parade ring is off to the left of the grandstands and lines up about one furlong out from the winning post.  On the day the area had the addition of some unusual purveyors of fine quality gin, and prosecco (although do not mention this to Madam Hoof as she is strictly a French bubble advocate).   But getting back to the layout, although there was some lateral movement left and right between races, if was not the tidal flow of other tracks which have the parade ring behind the stand.  This is a far preferable layout in my humble opinion.


The were sufficient of everything on the day.  Excitement, fun, booze, food and of course sun.  This is a track we not only will return to but would be tempted by membership if indeed we do make the move to Stratford-Upon-Avon in the near future.   This is a track that is friendly, very visible and seems to have staff who know how to operate an efficient race track, bravo.



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