Guide to Wetherby Racecourse

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About Wetherby Racecourse

National Hunt

Roman Racing

Racing at neighbouring Netherby was organised by Emperor and Conqueror Severus in 206 AD. From 1842 Jump meetings were held at Linton, between Netherby and Wetherby.

Row over Rents

After a row over rents, Wetherby Racecourse was moved to York Road on land previously owned by The Montagu family of Ingmanthorpe Hall, the Georgian house that can still be seen from the racecourse. The first meeting was held on Easter Monday, 1891.

Wetherby Steeplechase Committee

In 1920, the Wetherby Steeplechase Committee was formed and Rowland Meyrick was appointed as the Clerk of the Course.

Royal Connections

In 1923 Wetherby Racecourse was honoured with visits from Princess Mary and Prince Henry.


A fire in 1958 led to replacement of buildings, and other facilities have continued to be improved since.

Mascot Gold Cup

Since 2006 Wetherby Racecourse has hosted the Mascot Gold Cup, the world’s largest Mascot race, which is held each April.

Flat & Jump

On 26th April 2015, Wetherby Races hosted its first Flat fixture although its Jump races remain the most high profile.

Important Races/Festivals

  • February – Towton Novices’ Chase
  • October/November – Charlie Hall Chase; Wetherby Mares’ Hurdle; West Yorkshire Hurdle
  • December – The Christmas Meeting including Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase, Castleford Chase


  • Road: Exit the A1 at Junction 46 and follow the signs.
  • Rail: The nearest railway stations are Leeds, 12 miles away, and York, 14 miles away.
  • Website:
  • Telephone: 01937 582035

The Wetherby Racecourse Directory - Local Services

Travelling to Wetherby Races? Want to know where to stay, where to eat, where to get your hair and nails done? How about where the best pubs are and the name of a reliable taxi? We can help. Check back frequently – this section is updated on a regular basis. 

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