Racecourse of the Year Vote

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  • Cheltenham20.00%8 votes
  • Aintree5.00%2 votes
  • Kelso10.00%4 votes
  • Newmarket17.50%7 votes
  • Navan7.50%3 votes
  • Plumpton10.00%4 votes
  • Sandown7.50%3 votes
  • Pontefract7.50%3 votes
  • Down Royal5.00%2 votes
  • Ascot10.00%4 votes

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    Nathan Hughes
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    Racecourse

    Cheltenham, Aintree, Kelso, Newmarket, Navan, Plumpton, Sandown, Pontefract, Down Royal, Ascot

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    jackh1092
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    Surprised Cheltenham is topping this one! :unsure:

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    KevMc
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    Bad UK bias here. Leopardstown would be my vote with the DRF initiative being a great success and something racing has needed for a while.

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    raymo61
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    But Kev I have only been to one Irish racecourse :wacko: So can’t really judge most of them!!

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    Triptych
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    Come on Newmarket…
    Where else can you see the best horses as 2yo’s before they become Champions of the World ;-)

    I’ve been to Leopardstown and loved it :good: but Newmarket is the ultimate fitness test with its uphill finish.

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    jackh1092
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    Come on Newmarket…
    Where else can you see the best horses as 2yo’s before they become Champions of the World ;-)

    I’ve been to Leopardstown and loved it :good: but Newmarket is the ultimate fitness test with its uphill finish.

    Haha, but doesn’t that mean you’ll vote for that course year in year out no matter what happens?

    What happened this specific year that made you vote for it?

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    Triptych
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    Honestly Jack I would vote for Newmarket racecourse year in year out and Nathan will vouch that I have in past years. :good:

    The main reason being that Newmarket is within an hours drive from where I live and I have been an Annual Badge holder for the last 5 years but have been going to Newmarket for many years before.
    I’ve counted through my racecards and I’ve actually been 26 times this year and seen all the top horses including Derby winner Masar, Cracksman galloping the course, among many others, and some 2yo hopefuls that look like they could make Group horses for next season. (I’ve put a few on your Thread or Darren’s I think).

    As far as other courses are concerned apart from Leopardstown races when we visited Dublin, I’ve only been to Ascot once and it was in 2009 when Yeats won the Gold Cup for the 4th time, I had to watch him do that inside Ladbrokes Betting Shop on course as we couldn’t get anywhere near to get a decent view.

    At Newmarket you can get excellent views of all the runners in the Pre-Parade and Paddock area both on the Rowley Mile and July Course, even on big race days, and a decent view of the race from the stands, plus my whole journey to and from the racecourse is cross country so I’m not getting stuck on the A12 in heavy traffic and the access to park the car and entrance to the course is within a hundred yards, unlike Ascot where we had to walk for at least 20 minutes from where they had parked us taking the tunnel under the course and missing the first race because we couldn’t get a bet on and literally couldn’t move for the crowds. :wacko:

    Have I convinced you ;-) ;-) I’m a complete Newmarket fan Jack and always will be. :yes: Jac

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    Nathan Hughes
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    Where else can you see the best horse as a 2yo’s before he becomes Champions of the World

    Too Darn Hot ran twice at Sandown…… :whistle:

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    Triptych
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    :good: True Nathan and two brilliant wins :good: I should have rephrased that, but you know how much I love Newmarket :heart:

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    You don’t need to go to a racecourse to appreciate it’s time and effort to get a great initiative like the DRF up and running. Different strokes i suppose Raymo.

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    jackh1092
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    Yeah i was more meaning what has the Newmarket done this year to deserve it? Personally, i can’t think of anything but it’s everyones opinion!

    Newmarket gets great horses through its doors, so does Cheltenham + the rest….thats not going to change + for me a vote for course of the year shouldn’t be solely on this!

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    Triptych
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    I do get your point Jack :good:

    One good thing I do know is that Newmarket Racecourse and the Palace House Museum together with The Jockey Club have worked closely with Godolphin and their GUSO (Godolphin under starters orders)campaign to help educate local schools in the area to help the children understand the workings of the industry, the bloodstock, training, etc., and this is a small quote from an article I read on this recently, if these local children can be encouraged to take up jobs within the industry of any shape or form that must be a plus for the future of our sport and for Newmarket Racecourse for supporting it.

    A section of the article …
    A record 209 young people descended on the Newmarket track, each wearing their own set of silks. Guided through the day’s racecard, the pupils could see the importance of the breeding of the day’s runners – concepts they were introduced to when at Dalham Hall. The Racing to School team was on hand to also give the youngsters a chance to experience the challenge of being a jockey when getting on board a racehorse simulator.
    Racing to School’s Programme Manager, Ollie McPhail commented: “It is so important for young people from the Newmarket area to understand the history and importance of the region’s main industry.

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