Nottingham Races – Thrilling Racing At Colwick Park

Nottingham races take place at Colwick Park, which is about 3 km east of Nottingham city centre. The thoroughbred horse racing venue stages numerous flat races throughout the season, and there are actually two courses here. They are both left-handed and roughly one and a half miles, with one being inside of the other. The outer course has a six-furlong straight and is used during the summer whereas the inner course has a five-furlong straight and is used during autumn and spring. With that being said, read on to discover all you need to know about this racecourse.

Nottingham races have been taking place since 1773. The track can pose a few challenges in long distance races. The bottom bend, in particular, can be tricky to ride. A lot of jockeys also end up racing too soon, as the long home straight catches many out. A high draw can often be challenging to overcome here and jockeys can end up expending a lot of energy in the early stages or having to drop out to the rear. Five and six-furlong races take place over the straight course. This favours handy and speedy types, and there are only minor undulations to note.

What Can You Expect From Nottingham Racecourse?

Throughout the year, a lot of exciting Nottingham races take place, but the two standout races are the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Kilvington Fillies’ Stakes and the Betfred Barry Hills ‘Further Flight’ Stakes. The latter is named in memory of Further Flight, who won the race twice, in 1996 and 1998. The Pharly gelding was trained by Barry Hills and won 24 races between 1989 and 1998. It is a one mile and six furlongs race that takes place in April while the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Kilvington Fillies’ Stakes occurs in May and is over six furlongs.

Saeed bin Suroor is the top trainer in Nottingham races, and thus it is little shock that Godolphin is the leading owner, considering Saeed bin Suroor trains for them. The two standout jockeys at Nottingham Racecourse are Paul Hanagan and Tom Queally. There have been various standout occasions over the years at this racecourse. Oh So Sharp made a winning debut at Nottingham, and then in 1985 went on to be the first horse in 30 years to win the fillies ‘Triple Crown’; the St. Leger, the Oaks, and the 1,000 Guineas. Moreover, Stan Mellow became the first National Hunt jockey to ride 1,000 winners at Nottingham Racecourse in 1971.