Southwell Racecourse Guide

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Flat / National Hunt / All Weather

All-Weather and Turf

Southwell Racecourse is best known for its all-weather track, which is the only one of the six in the UK laid with Fibresand – a surface similar to American dirt tracks. It also has a turf course for National Hunt racing that runs inside the all-weather.

Pony Racing

Historically, from the mid-1800s Southwell Racecourse hosted pony racing alongside some Thoroughbred races; as the latter increased, the Southwell Race Company was formed in 1886 and a grandstand erected.

Relocated to Rolleston

Just over 10 years later the track was judged unsafe and the racecourse relocated to Rolleston, for racing to resume in 1989. A new grandstand was built in 1965, and a hurdles track three years later also featured a new watering system. In 1989, Southwell became the first course in Britain to hold a Jumps race on an artificial track but they were discontinued for safety reasons.

Hayley Turner

Jockey Hayley Turner grew up locally and got her first job with a trainer based next to Southwell racecourse.

Important Races/Festivals

May – Ladies Day

Directions

  • Road: The course is just outside the village of Rolleston, near Nottingham, off the A617, between the M1 and A1.
  • Rail: Rolleston Station is five minutes’ walk from the course.
  • Website: www.southwell-racecourse.co.uk
  • Telephone: 01636 814481

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