Salisbury Races – Racing Since The Mid-16th Century

Salisbury races take place between early May and mid-October. The flat racecourse is based three miles south west of Salisbury in Wiltshire. The horse racing venue has an impressive history, with races occurring since the mid-16th century. The earliest big race at Salisbury Racecourse took place in 1723, the King’s Plate. This was a race for six year olds and it was awarded by George I. There have been many great horses that have won here over the years, including Look Here, Mill Reef, Sir Percy, Gimcrack, Sun Chariot, and Eclipse.

Salisbury Racecourse boasts a loop course that goes right-handed. There is a run-in of seven furlongs, with a right-handed elbow after three furlongs. There tends to be a steady gallop around the sharp loop and thus an advantage can be gained by riding the horse handily. In regards to the straight course, it is vital to have a horse that can stay the trip, and this is because there is a steady rise throughout. Positioning is important at this track as well; you certainly do not want to be wide on the bend.

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Pat Dobbs and Richard Hughes are two jockeys that tend to do well in Salisbury races, and thus it is probably of little surprise that Richard Hannon is one of the best trainers at the track. Godolphin and Maktoum both do well here. While there are lots of entertaining races throughout the year, the most prestigious is the Group 3 Sovereign Stakes, with the prize money being in excess of £30,000. This is a one-mile race for three year olds and above, and it takes place in August. No horse has won this more than once, yet recent winners include Kodi Bear, Captain Cat, and Tullius.

A month later, the Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes takes place. This is a Group 3 six-furlong race, which is for two-year-old fillies only, and it is another one of the standout Salisbury races. Recent winners include New Providence, Winning Express, Sajwah, and Serious Attitude. Jockeys that have done well in this race are Richard Hills, Jimmy Fortune, Frankie Dettori, Richard Hughes and Michael Hills. Finally, another six-furlong race that generates a lot of attention is the Cathedral Stakes in June, which is open to three year olds and above. This race was first run in 2002, and the Hannon yard has a good record in it.