The Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse is known to be a thoroughbred horse race venue that is located near Wrexham, Wales in Bangor-on-Dee. The racecourse is a left-handed National Hunt Racecourse and it is the only racecourse in Britain which lacks a Grandstand.
Races are normally featured twice a month and each race may be held for different purposes. Its main upcoming featured race is the 10th Annual Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity Race Day that will be taking place on the 11th of November 2015.
The proceeds of the race will go to the years nominated charity benefit which is the Animal Health Trust (AHT). The day will be a very important fundraising event for the Animal Health Trust as all the money that is raised will be used to directly fund the work they are doing. The Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charitable Trust will be responsible for the generous sponsorship of this event.
The Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse’s first event took place February 1859 and since then, races have taken place regularly with the exception of the war times. During the early years of racing, an event for ponies was held that run over 2 miles on the steeplechase course and under 14 hands. In 1868, the Maid of Trent, a pony that was rode by Fred Archer, who was aged 10 at the time, won the race and years later, Fred became a great jockey and rode 8084 races.
Dick Hunter was also another popular jockey who rode his first full racecourse here. He then rode the first 345 winners on the 3rd of May 1947, winning by 200 yards. On one single day, he rode 3 winners earning him a treble at the racecourse.
The Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse has been a huge part of the Bangor local community as its economic structure is part the area and also holds a variety of social events. Its ground-staff all come from the local area and the head grounds man is Andrew Malam who has held the post for the last ten years.
The racecourse has gone on to progress quite well after twenty years from buildings that were made of wood to modern concrete buildings that offer facilities which are much improved and are also used for other functions like weddings, banquets, conferences, private celebrations and more.
The racecourse is absolutely lovely and contains all the necessary amenities. It has a lot of good viewing spots and viewers can also get close to the horses. The food and drinks are available at very reasonable prices and there are adequate parking spaces available. All in all, it is a wonderful experience and is highly recommended for people of all ages and families.