Salisbury is a cathedral city in Britain’s Southwest, located ten miles south of UNESCO World Heritage Site Stonehenge. It’s home to one of the UK’s most popular flat-racing tracks.
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Salisbury Upcoming Live Streamed Races
|09 JUL 2022||17:45||Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai - Racing Excellence Apprentice Maiden Handicap||5||1m|
|09 JUL 2022||18:15||Byerley Stud British EBF Novice Stakes (GBB Race)||4||6f 213y|
|09 JUL 2022||18:45||Tony Brown 80th Birthday Celebration Novice Stakes (GBB Race)||5||6f 213y|
|09 JUL 2022||19:15||Pam Bruford Memorial Fillies' Handicap||4||1m 1f 201y|
|09 JUL 2022||19:45||Hendy Group Handicap||6||1m 1f 201y|
|09 JUL 2022||20:15||D & N Construction Handicap||4||1m 4f 5y|
|09 JUL 2022||20:45||Shipseys Marquees Handicap||4||1m 6f 44y|
Salisbury Racecourse, set in pristine Wiltshire countryside, is a track that regularly punches above its weight, specialising in flat-racing since its very earliest races in the mid 16th century. The site offers exceptional views of nearby Salisbury Cathedral, built over 36 years from 1220 to 1258.
Needless to say, Salisbury ranks among the most historic racecourses in the world and continues to write its colourful history.
Salisbury Racing: Course Layout
The track is run right-handed, unlike the majority of British courses, and features a mammoth seven-furlong home straight, with a right-handed elbow after three furlongs. The peculiar key-like shape of the course leads to some thrilling racing for spectators, the tightness of the loop on one end giving way to the rolling expanse of the straight.
The finish is almost entirely uphill and as such represents a significant test of stamina and endurance for horse and jockey alike.
Low numbers are known to ride best on days with softer going and the reach and scope of the course typically suits strong galloping types who can cope with the mind games of the extended straight.
It is generally agreed that horses ridden handily can gain the upper hand around the tight and sharp loop section. Races over fourteen furlongs (one mile and six furlongs) are started without stalls, with strong travelling types capable of a good trip typically the most heavily tipped horses.
The loop section can present significant difficulty for riders if not approached perfectly. Rider Jason Weaver describes the feeling of the downhill rush going towards the final bend of the loop, which most jockeys find tighter than anticipated.
The key, Weaver says, is to not ‘be wide on that bend’ which, when wet, can be ‘a bit slippy’. Positioning truly is key coming in and out of the loop, but due to the fact that Salisbury is ‘largely on the collar’, the course doesn’t tend to see too many upsets or hard-luck stories.
History of the Course
The racecourse, although not as old as the cathedral around which the town is built, has nevertheless been an active part of the city since as early as 1588, when Queen Elizabeth I paid a Royal Visit. The City Bowl race, now sponsored by Betfred, has been held at Salisbury since 1654, making it one of the oldest surviving traditional races in the country.
The course has been upgraded throughout the centuries and now sports three devoted enclosures: the Bibury Enclosure, the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure, and the Sarum Enclosure and has been independently owned for its entire history, passing between family hands.
Racing at Salisbury, as with all British racecourses, was suspended for the duration of the First and Second World Wars, but by 1949 the course had begun to gather momentum once again.
Indeed, 1949 was the year Winston Churchill’s horse Colonist II won at the Upavon Stakes. The horse went on to further success at the Ribblesdale Stakes in Ascot later that year.
Salisbury has consistently attracted other top-tier talent spanning centuries such as Gimrack, Eclipse, Sun Chariot, Mill Reef, and Brigadier Gerard. Salisbury was also where the world got their first glimpse of household-name jockey Lester Piggott in 1948.
Piggott was a twelve-year-old apprentice at the time and shocked crowds when he weighed in at an astonishingly light five pounds before racing.
While race legends like Lester Piggott are missed, you’ll be able to see all of the latest and best jockeys as well as horses on the Salisbury racing live stream. Richard Hughes and Ryan Moore count as just a small sample of a large set of champion jockeys who frequently race at Salisbury.
Salisbury Races to Watch
Four large races form the backbone of Salisbury’s racing calendar. The most well-reputed is perhaps the Group 3 Sovereign Stakes run in August every year.
The race is open to six younger runners and covers a one-mile distance. Previous winners include Kick On, trained by Oisin Murphy and owned by J H M Gosden, in 2019, winning a sizable £41,115 prize.
Elsewhere among the roster are the twelve-furlong Upavon Stakes and the Cathedral Stakes, run in mid-June. Previous winners of the Cathedral Stakes include 2007’s Sakhee’s Secret, who went on to win the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket directly after.
The Dick Poole’s Fillies Stakes is also a listed feature event, open to two-year-olds only and therefore a strong predictor of successful runners at future flat events. This proving-ground reputation along with a handsome prize of £25,520 make it a popular choice for local stables looking to train young runners for bigger races.
These are some of the main live stream highlights to look out for at Salisbury races:
|April||Afternoon Racing||Byerley Stud Fillies' Conditions Stakes|
|May||Evening Racing||William Hill Handicap|
|May||Afternoon Racing||Simon & Nerys Dutfield Memorial Novice Stakes|
|May||Evening Racing||George Smith Horseboxes British EBF Maiden Stakes|
|June||Summer Afternoon Racing||First Carlton Novice Auction Stakes|
|June||Cathedral Stakes Family Fun Raceday||Paul Elliott Memorial Handicap|
|June||Whitsbury Manor Stud Bibury Cup Day||Whitsbury Manor Stud Bibury Cup Handicap|
|July||Ladies' Evening||T & M Glass Ltd Fillies' Handicap|
|July||Summer Evening Racing||Jean Boyden Handicap|
|August||Family Races and Sovereign Stakes Day||S H Jones Wines Handicap|
|August||Evening Racing||Tattersalls Sovereign Stakes (Group 3)|
|August||Evening Racing||Longines Irish Champions Weekend EBF Stonehenge Stakes|
|September||Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes Day||British Stallion Studs EBF Conditions Stakes|
|September||Evening Racing||Shadwell Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes|
|September||Season Finale||Nikki Coombs 'Persian Punch' Conditions Stakes|
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