Let’s Check Out Yorkshire’s Best Horse Racing Tracks

Let's Check Out Yorkshire's Best Horse Racing Tracks
Let’s Check Out Yorkshire’s Best Horse Racing Tracks

Here in Yorkshire, we have some of the finest racecourses in the land. Whether you’re a seasoned betting pro or a casual spectator, you won’t be disappointed by the world-class racing action, lively atmosphere, and picturesque settings that God’s own county has to offer.

So, buckle up your boots, grab your binoculars, and let’s ride off to explore the top three horse racing tracks in the Land of the White Rose. 


First up, we have York. Nestled in the heart of the ancient city, it has been around for over 200 years, and it’s easy to see why it’s the most popular. With its picturesque location adjacent to the city’s medieval walls, and the backdrop of the stunning York Minster Cathedral, it’s no surprise that it’s regarded as one of the country’s premier tracks. 

York is known for its prestigious Ebor Festival, which takes place every August and has companies offering free horse racing bets left, right and centre in order to garner the most custom and capitalise on the action. It’s one of Britain’s most significant four-day racing events – perhaps only surpassed by the likes of Cheltenham and the Grand National – where the best horses compete for a share of millions of pounds in prize money. It hosts several more prestigious races throughout the year, including the Yorkshire Oaks, the Dante Stakes, and the Juddmonte International. 


Next up, we have Doncaster. Although it can’t quite compare to the aforementioned’s dramatic scenery, Donny Racecourse still has much to offer racing enthusiasts. It’s been around since 1776, so it certainly has a long history. As well as hosting regular fixtures, it’s home to the oldest of the classic races, the St Leger Stakes, which is held every September. It’s the race that completes the Triple Crown, following the Epsom Derby and the 2000 Guineas, and it attracts the best three-year-old horses around. 

The course, also known as Town Moor, has a rich history dating way back and is the largest racecourse in Britain in terms of surface area. It has a beautiful grandstand, a paddock that can accommodate up to 10,000 people, and a lively atmosphere that captures the essence of Yorkshire hospitality.


Finally, we have Beverley Racecourse. Like Wetherby – which came close to usurping this on our list, to be fair – it’s one of Yorkshire’s smaller tracks and often overlooked, but it’s no less charming. It’s nestled in the cute market town, located on the picturesque Westwood. It’s been in operation since the 17th century and is known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 

There’s none of the pomp and ceremony you might find at the bigger courses, but that’s what makes this place such a delight. This family-friendly course hosts several festivals throughout the year, including Ladies Day, where you can don your fanciest hat and watch some top-class racing. Beverley’s signature race is the Hilary Needler Trophy, a prestigious event for two-year-old fillies. 

The course itself is small but perfectly formed, with lovely views of the countryside, a friendly crowd, and plenty of opportunities to sample local food and drink. 

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