Point-To-Point Racing in Britain

Point-to-point racing has a long history and has changed over the years as society itself has changed. The essentials of point-to-point are: that it is over fences; that it is intended for hunting horses; that the riders should be amateurs; and that professional trainers are not permitted.

Racecourses That Have Disappeared

There were once far more racecourses than there are today. The huge majority have now disappeared. The single county of Shropshire will serve to show what has happened. Albrighton Albrighton first staged races o n 26 July 1830 and racing continued for 45 years with the last

What Is A Thoroughbred Racehorse?

Horses used in racing today – and this is especially true of horses racing on the flat – do not look like, for example, the kind of horse that might be used to pull a rag-and-bone man’s cart or to deliver beer from brewery to pub. They

The Jockey Club

Horse racing was the first sport in Britain to be regulated. The Jockey Club, which still controls all aspects of racing in this country, was formed in 1750 when a number of the most powerful men in Britain, all with a strong interest in horse racing, met

Flat Racing And National Hunt

There are two very different forms of horse racing in Britain: The Flat; and National Hunt. The Flat is, as one might imagine, conducted on the flat, while National Hunt is racing over jumps. Because softer ground is better for jumping horses, National Hunt racing mostly takes

Dress Codes At Racecourses

Racecourses have dress codes. Even buying the most expensive ticket does not entitle a racegoer to turn up wearing just anything. Cartmel is a delightful little National Hunt track in an equally delightful little heritage town in Cumbria, and only stages meetings four times a year –

The British Horseracing World

Horse racing has a very long history, and the reason is not far to seek: it has lasted so long because it is immensely popular. Even people who would never dream of placing a bet may be seen at racecourses around the country, because race meetings present

The History of Racing In Britain

The establishment of Newmarket as a racing centre, first under James 1 and then under Charles I and Charles II, has been dealt with on a separate page. What is usually called the Restoration period – it gets this name from the restoration of the monarchy under