Banger-on-Dee - British Racecourse
Can lay claim to being one of the most picturesque racecourses in Britain.
In 1858 a match across country on the meadows at Bangor-on Dee, between two members of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn's Hunt, the Hon. Lloyd Kenyon and Richard Myddelton Biddulph, of Chirk Castle, attracted a large crowd of spectators and was the forerunner of the meetings which are held there today. The event proved such a success that it was decided that in future 'a day should be made of it' and races were arranged for members of the hunt and farmers. Today, many of the top trainers send their novice horses to race at Bangor-on-Dee as part of their education: Paul Nicholls, Alan King, Philip Hobbs, Donald McCain (Cholmondeley) Nicky Henderson, and Jonjo O'Neill all have regular runners at Bangor-on-Dee. Set in glorious countryside beside the River Dee, Bangor-On-Dee can lay claim to being one of the most picturesque racecourses in Britain. The course offers a unique feature in that races are generally viewed from the grass banks surrounding the track as there is no grandstand. A flat track notable for its three, sharp bends, the course is perfectly set up for front runners. Accompanied children below the age of 16 are admitted free to all enclosures. Dogs are allowed in the Course Enclosure as long as they are kept on a lead at all times.
Left-handed, sharp and flat with a long run-in. A Circuit of 1m 4f.
GETTING THERE, DIRECTIONS AND PARKING:
Driving - Postcode for satnav is LL13 0DA
Train – Wrexham is four miles away, and Chester and Shrewsbury are close by. A free bus service runs from Wrexham station an hour and a half before the first race and returns at the end of the day.
Parking – Free parking
EAT DRINK SLEEP
Places to stay nearby:
Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa (8.9 miles)
Wrexham Road, Chester CH4 9DG, England
Tel: 01244 570560
Premier Inn Wrexham Town Centre Hotel (5.3 miles)
Jacques Way, Wrexham LL11 2BY, Wales
Tel: 0871 527 9458
The Royal Oak (0.8 miles away)
High Street, Bangor-on-Dee LL13 0BU, UK
Tel: 01978 781450
The Boat (2.7 miles)
Erbistock, Clwyd, LL13 0DL
Tel: 01978 780666