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Newton Abbot Racecourse

Newton Abbot Racecourse

Introduction

Located in Newton Abbot, Devon in England, Newton Abbot Racecourse is a venue for thoroughbred horse races. This course is a tight left –handed flat, oval shaped which is 1 mile 1 furlong with seven very easy fences to a circuit. The finish is however very short. Newton Abbot Racing Ltd owns the racecourse, and the races are usually screened on At The Races. The course type is National Hunt.

History

Local people in New Abbott, who were interested in horse racing, bought the land in which the racecourse stands today. Racing kicked off immediately and grew in popularity very fast. It, however, took some time for all the required facilities to be installed to make the racecourse a good racing venue. Racing activities here were only suspended during the two world wars. During World War I, the racecourse was used as a prison while, during World War II, it was only used for a single racing day until peace returned to the world. The main grandstand was opened by Her Majesty the Queen Mother and corporate facilities were constructed in 1990. These facilities have been improving every year since then with an aim of attracting more race goers and business.

Facilities

Newton Abbot Racecourse has two enclosures that you can choose form. These two come with different prices. These are the Course and the Paddock Enclosure. Paddock Enclose is positioned in the most prime part of the racecourse. Its grandstand overlooks the winning post and further offers an opportunity for patrons to see the horses very closely before and after the races. The Paddock Course, on the other hand, offers a nice view across the entire course, it has a betting hall, an alfresco dining area, and bars. This enclosure is available to children and students at no cost. There is also a family enclosure located in the middle of the racecourse that is very suitable for family.

Activities held at the Newton Abbot Racecourse are not limited to racing. The racecourse is normally hired by individuals or cooperates for various indoor and outdoor activities. Corporate meeting rooms, conference rooms, private boxes and suites, a cafeteria and two restaurants are available to use. Most of the rooms here are constructed to give you a very scenic view of the racecourse making them quite ideal for race watching as you catch up with a friend or attending a meeting. There is also ample parking space that can accommodate up to 5,000 cars. Monthly car boot sale and antiquated fairs are also held here. In June is ladies day that come with some evening races.

Awards

The racecourse has won the Gold Award awarded by Racecourse Owners Association in 2012 making it one of the 17 racecourses in the UK to win it. This award is given in recognition of excellence for owners’ race day experience.

Conclusion

The Newton Abbot Racecourse has host thousands of racing events since it was started. The quality of service here is top-notch and leaves one wanting to come back. This is what has helped it to maintain its popularity for all the years.