Wolverhampton Racecourse Introduction
Wolverhampton racecourse is one of UK’s busiest racecourses and is also the first among the UK horse courses to introduce floodlight in the premises of the racecourse, allowing races to be held at twilight and evening times. The track is situated in Wolverhampton, West Midlands and has a Polytrack surface which is a synthetic surface replacing the dirt surface of the track.
Wolverhampton Racecourse History
There have been racing in Wolverhampton ever since 1887 though the Wolverhampton racecourse has relocated many times until its final set at Dunstall Park. The Wolverhampton racecourse was redeveloped in 1993, introducing floodlights for the first time in the history of horse racing in the UK, and was fitted with a Fibersand tracks that ran along side the turf track. During that time, new hotel, restaurant, grandstand and private and executive boxes were also built. The Wolverhampton racecourse was purchased by Arena Leisure, UK’s leading race fixture operator, from its previous private owners in 1999 and by 2004 has underwent a second refurbishment of its hotel and conference rooms together with a complete replacement of the track’s old surface with a new Polytrack surface. The Wolverhampton racecourse has recently been granted expanding plans permissions by the Wolverhampton city council to allowing UK’s first Racino (racing track and casino allowing both horse betting and casino gambling) to be erected upon the premises of the 22 acres racecourse.
Racing at Wolverhampton Racecourse
The Wolverhampton racecourse is considered UK’s most busiest with 90 fixtures a year and is Flat racing only. The Wolverhampton racecourse hosts all groups of Flat racing when the notable races are the Lady Wulfruna Stakes and the Lincoln Trial Stake. The Lady Wulfruna Stake is named after who is believed to be the founding mother of Wolverhampton and is a class 1, 4 year old and above race run over a distance of 7 furlongs 32 yards. The Lincoln Trial Stake is a class 2 , 4 year old and above race run over a distance of 1 mile ½ furlong.
Facilities and Services
The Wolverhampton racecourse is considered to be the busiest racecourses in the UK not just because it holds 90 fixtures throughout the year but also because it holds the largest facilities designated for business meetings, conferences, seminars and more. The Wolverhampton allows indoor and outdoor events such as weddings, parties and exhibition events as well as other theme oriented social gathering.