Leicester Racecourse Guide

Guide to Leicester Racecourse

Leicester Racecourse used to be best known for the Leicestershire Stakes, a Flat race run in late April. This race was renamed as the King Richard III Stakes in 2013, when the king’s skeleton was discovered in Leicester.

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About Leicester Racecourse

Flat / National Hunt

King Richard III

Leicester course is best known for the Leicestershire Stakes, a Flat race run in late April which was renamed as the King Richard III Stakes in 2013, when the king’s skeleton was discovered in Leicester. Racing had taken place in Leicester since 1773 but only moved to its present Oadby location in 1883.

Modernisation

Leicester Racecourse hosted some prestigious races to begin with but times changed and it was not until 1997 that the course has picked up speed again, with the creation of its glass fronted grandstand and further modernisation.

Important Races/Festivals

April – King Richard III Stakes

Directions

  • Road: Leicester Racecourse is near Junction 21 of the M1/M69 and close to the A6/main city outer ring road (A563).
  • Rail: Leicester’s main station is two miles away.
  • Website: www.leicester-racecouse.co.uk
  • Telephone: 0116 271 6515.

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