Chepstow Racecourse Overview
Thursday 27th December
Coral Welsh National 2012
Sir Gordon Richards went through the card at Chepstow on October 4th 1933 and came back the next day to ride the first five winners. For years, the remarkable achievement was commemorated by the staging of the Sir Gordon Richards Stakes at an evening meeting in July.
Flat and jumps action throughout the year ensures a busy schedule with the highlight being the Welsh Grand National held just after Christmas – weather permitting!
The track has a clay subsoil on the straight course – which means that heavy going can really sap the speed out of sprinters, milers and jumpers alike. The emphasis is more often than not on stamina and grinding the opposition into submission.
The track’s near five furlong run in gives patient jockeys riding in longer races the chance to come gradually from behind to overtake the opposition with well-timed runs.
In 2006 the track’s massive £10.3 million upgrade was completed with a new paddock complex, owners’ and trainers’ bar with viewing balcony and terrace and a premier stand with annual members’ bar and new corporate boxes.
How to get to Chepstow Racecourse
The racecourse is on the A466 Chepstow to Monmouth road, not far from the Severn Bridge. From the M4 East (Junction 21) or M4 West (Junction 23), take the M48 and exit at Junction 2 (Chepstow).
There are direct trains to Chepstow from Birmingham, Cardiff, Cheltenham Spa, Derby, Gloucester, Newport and Nottingham.
Connections are available at Newport for London (Paddington), Hereford, Shrewsbury, Crewe, Manchester, Swansea and all parts of Wales. Also, Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Salisbury and Portsmouth and all parts of the South and West of England.
Chepstow station is approximately 10 minutes walk from the town centre.
Buses run from Chepstow Railway Station, via the Bus Station up to the racecourse before racing then back into the town centre and onto the railway station after racing.