Uttoxeter Racecourse is a countryside National Hunt track. Having
first opened its gates in 1907 with just 5 race meetings a year, the
racecourse now has 25 diverse fixtures throughout each year. The
racecourse was forced to close during the first and second world
wars, but when it reopened in 1952 it saw a staggering 12,000 people turn up for the first meeting.
Uttoxeter has seen some big names on its grounds including Lord Gyllene (owned by former racecourse chairman, Sir Stanley Clarke) who finished second in the Midlands Grand National in 1997, but went on to win at the Grand National at Aintree just a few weeks later. Also, champion jockey AP McCoy, who marked his 1,700th win at Uttoxeter in 2002.
The track at Uttoxeter Racecourse is an oval shaped course of one mile, and two and a half furlongs (which is around one and a quarter miles). While there is some rise in the track, the home straight is flat, meaning it is perfectly poised to offer competitive and exciting finishes to races.