UK Racecourse Guide

Horse racing is one of the most popular sports in the United Kingdom. Racing takes place almost every day of the calendar year, with the jockey's only getting some time off in the build-up to Christmas Day.

National Hunt racing, flat racing and all-weather racing take place in the UK. The main jumps season runs between November and April. Flat racing takes center stage between May and October, with all-weather action taking place throughout the calendar year.

On this page, you'll find our guides to all the UK racecourses, including track history and characteristics, draw bias info, and vital trainer and jockey statistics.

UK Racecourse Guides


  • Aintree Tips
  • Ascot Tips
  • Ayr Tips
  • Beverley Tips
  • Bath Tips
  • Brighton Tips
  • Carlisle Tips
  • Cartmel Tips
  • Catterick Tips
  • Cheltenham Tips
  • Chepstow Tips
  • Chester Tips
  • Doncaster Tips
  • Epsom Tips
  • Exeter Tips
  • Fakenham Tips
  • Fontwell Tips
  • Goodwood Tips
  • Hamilton Tips
  • Haydock Tips
  • Hereford Tips
  • Hexham Tips
  • Huntingdon Tips
  • Kelso Tips
  • Kempton Tips
  • Leicester Tips
  • Lingfield Tips
  • Ludlow Tips
  • Market Rasen Tips
  • Musselburgh Tips
  • Newbury Tips
  • Newcastle Tips
  • Newmarket Tips
  • Newton Abbot Tips
  • Nottingham Tips
  • Perth Tips
  • Plumpton Tips
  • Pontefract Tips
  • Redcar Tips
  • Ripon Tips
  • Salisbury Tips
  • Sandown Tips
  • Sedgefield Tips
  • Southwell Tips
  • Stratford Tips
  • Taunton Tips
  • Thirsk Tips
  • Uttoxeter Tips
  • Warwick Tips
  • Wetherby Tips
  • Wincanton Tips
  • Windsor Tips
  • Wolverhampton Tips
  • Worcester Tips
  • Yarmouth Tips
  • York Tips

Track History


Many of the world's oldest racecourses can be found in the United Kingdom. Chester's famous racecourse is the oldest in the UK, having first staged racing back in 1539.

Epsom racecourse was opened way back in 1661, with Newmarket racecourse opening six years later in 1661. Ascot races was first used in 1711. Cheltenham racecourse opened it's gates in 1815, 14 years before the first race was run at Aintree racecourse in 1829.

Track Characteristics


All racetracks have different characteristics. Some racecourses suit some horses more than others, hence the expression "horses for courses".

York racecourse is very flat, and is considered one of the fairest tracks in the country. Epsom Downs, on the other hand, is extremely undulating and the home straight cambers down towards the inside rail.

Some racecourses house multiple different racetracks. At Newmarket, there's the Rowley Mile and the July Course. Cheltenham has both a New Course and an Old Course. Both Lingfield and Newcastle boast a jumps track, a flat track and an all-weather racing circuit.

Draw Bias


When it comes to flat racing, the draw is massively influential. Take Chester, for example, it's vitally important to be drawn low over trips between five furlongs and a mile, as the turn comes up quickly and can be too sharp for horses drawn wide to cope with.

Even on flat tracks like York and Ascot, getting a good draw is crucial. At Epsom, stall one is known as the "coffin stall", as it can be extremely hard to win races from the gate closest to the inside rail.

UK Racing Tips


Horse racing of some shape or form takes place in the UK on a daily basis. ITV Racing broadcast the best of the action on major race days, with channels like Racing TV and Sky Sports Racing taking card of the daily meetings.

We publish free UK racing tips during all major meetings. Our Daily Tips can also be found in the betting section of our website.

UK Horse Racing Live Stream


The ideal place to watch horse racing would be on your television, in the comfort of your own home. Sometimes, that isn't possible. Our busy lives often get in the way, and we have to watch horse racing on the go.

Visit the horse racing live streaming page on our website to find out how you can stream UK racing live today.