Perth Races - The Northernmost Track In The UK

Perth races take place at a horse racing venue that is situated adjacent to the ancient Scone Palace in Scotland, approximately 47 miles north of Edinburgh. This is the northernmost track in the UK, and it opened in 1908. Despite this, races have actually been taking place in Perth since 1613. The reason racing moved to the current site in Scone Palace Parklands is because there was a drinking law ban enforced in the North Inch. If you want to enjoy horse racing at Perth Racecourse, you will have the option of the Grandstand, which is £15 per person, and the Centre Course Enclosure, which costs £10.

Perth Racecourse hosts jump racing throughout the season. The track is flat, right-handed, and roughly eleven and a half furlongs. There are seven fences or five hurdles to be jumped per circuit. This is a course that can throw up specialists on occasion, meaning big, long-striding types are at a disadvantage. This is largely because of the sweeping bends. There are a lot of jockeys that make the mistake of kicking for home too soon, as the course rides very flat and the home straight is longer than imagined. The water jump is in front of the stands yet this is omitted on the final circuit of steeplechases.

Perth Races To Enjoy During The Summer Months

There are plenty of exciting Perth races to enjoy throughout the warmer months, including the City of Perth Gold Cup Handicap Chase. This is the most prestigious race at the track. It takes place in early June and is a Class 2 race that is run over three miles, with first place being worth almost £20,000. There is also the April Festival Meeting, which includes a number of great feature races, such as the Highland National, the Old Mout Cider Handicap Chase, as well as the Future Champions Novices’ Hurdle. Entertainment is never in short supply here.

So, who has a tendency to perform well in Perth races? Refreshingly, this is a National Hunt track where J P McManus does not lead the way in the owners’ table. Instead, Sean Gallacher excels here. Miss Lucinda V Russel and Gordon Elliott are trainers that do well. Based in County Meath, Elliott often sends his horses across the Irish Sea. Finally, Jason Maguire is the top jockey, but Sam Twiston-Davies will be looking to take this title from him, as he is one of the jockeys that is not too far behind.