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Rather like the regions intoned on BBC Radio's 'Shipping Forecast,' the names of Britain's sixty or so racecourses are regularly broadcast on TV and Radio sports programmes. But what are the racecourses actually like?

Britain, where the thoroughbred evolved and where the sport of horseracing developed, has the most varied racing in the world and 60 racecourses in Britain have distinctive, intriguing and often eccentric atmospheres. Some are in parkland (Kempton, Sandown), and some follow the contours of rolling downs (Epsom, Goodwood). Some adjoin housing (Aintree, Ayr), some are bang next to busy roads (Doncaster, Wetherby), and some offer the racegoer uninterrupted views of gorgeous scenery (Cheltenham, Goodwood again). The oldest course in Britain, Chester (which staged its first races during the reign of Henry VIII), is also the smallest, running inside a Roman wall and circling the burial ground of a cross. York races take place on the Knavesmire, former site of public hangings. Other courses are products of royal enthusiasm for the sport: Charles II was largely responsible for the development of Newmarket, and Queen Anne founded Ascot.

This is a portrait of the second most popular spectator sport in Britain, the country's 11th largest employer, as reflected in the colourful, eccentric and dramatic stories of the venues where it takes place.

Sport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationEquestrian & animal sportsHorse racing Publisher: Orion Publishing Co Publication Date: 25/05/2023 ISBN-13: 9781474618427  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Nicholas Clee is joint editor of book industry newsletter BookBrunch. He is a former editor of the Bookseller, and has written for the Times, Guardian, Observer, Telegraph, Financial Times, New Statesman, and Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of ECLIPSE: THE STORY OF THE ROGUE, THE MADAM AND THE HORSE THAT CHANGED RACING (2009), which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award and won Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards.

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