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    jackane24
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    Hey – i’m interested to see what everybody thinks is the best racecourse in Britain – being limited to only 10 options made it difficult, but what qualifies a course into the reckoning is that they have to have at least 2 Group 1/Grade 1 races, which made it a bit easier. Anyway, if you could also post why you think it’s the best I think it would benefit loads of people. Thanks

    I’m personally drawn towards either Goodwood or Newbury. Ive not actually been to any of the top 4, and it doesnt look as if i can go to donny nxt year because of the reconstruction, but im definitely going to the festival, royal meeting and probably the irish guineas meeting.

    But Newbury and Goodwood – they both offer fantastic open courses where you can see everything. For goodwood, admittedly you need binoculars for the starts, but it has fanastic scenery. newbury is really easy to get to with the train station there outside the course, and is also great if you want autographs.

    I’m going to have to say Goodwood though, as even on the first day of the Glorious meeting, it was raining, but there was still a fantastic atmosphere and im looking forward to going next year.

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    rory
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    Cheltenham is the most spectacular racecourse in the country bar none ~ the arrogant way it’s run doesn’t endear itself to me, but my first visit to the track was like an epiphany to me (as Conall will confirm!).

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    stevedvg
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    I don’t see Hamilton on that list…..

    #95295
    bluechariot
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    Try Newbury on Hennessy day and you will never go again. Hopefully the new Ascot will be better than the old. Doncaster is aged but the paddock is in a good location and the girls dress like tarts.<br>Goodwood is the most scenic. Epsom is soulless.<br>Sandown gets my vote especially Tingle Creek day

    #95296
    Zorro
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    An unfair poll as what was previously the best course in Britain by far is still a building site and not in a condition to be judged.

    #95297
    stevedvg
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    The poll options suggest an interesting map of the UK.

    It seems that the country stops at York, but goes as far west as Dublin.

    Steve

    #95298
    Andrew Hughes
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    If we include former outposts of the British Empire as being part of Britain, then surely we should consider Belmont Park, Flemington, Turffontein and Sha Tin.

    But in any case, all of these pale into insignificance when compared to a late summer evening meeting at Wolverhampton.

    #95299
    Purwell
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    I agree with Zorro. I never did see what was wrong with Ascot as it was but I’ll wait and see how it turns out. (Or did you mean Kempton, Zorro?)

    I like the old fashioned charm of the July course at Newmarket but would’nt give you fourpence for the Rowley Mile!

    All things considered, it has to be Goodwod.<br>

    (Edited by Purwell at 3:08 pm on Oct. 15, 2005)

    #95300
    wana
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    Have to agree with those that said Cheltenham,the course(s) are amazing,if you are lucky enough to attend a race meeting,get to the tatts seating over the winning line(free at most meetings including Paddy Power meeting on Sunday,not Saturday though)and certainly not free for the festival about £70 per day I think..But what breath-taking views.<br>My first visit ever to Cheltenham was to the festival and we had tatts seats for all 3 days,I was blown away when I first walked up from the Coral bar area.amazing..what a course..<br>Also have a soft spot for Aintree,great racing,good views,but IMO cannot match the superlative Cheltenham course.:biggrin: :biggrin:

    #95301
    jackane24
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    Just to correct all you guys that say the curragh is not in britain – England, scotland, wales, northern ireland and roi are all britain

    HOWEVER, only england, scotland, wales and northern ireland are in the UK

    Britain is a collective term for all 5 states

    Btw bluechariot, im going to the hennessey so shall see then

    Very happy to see that epsom has no votes – i went for the derby first time this year, and shall never ever go back unless as a member – maybe that will solve the ridiculous waiting times to get down the steps of the grandstand to collect money. Or maybe it will solve the problem of only being able to see 5furlongs of the feature event. My god, what a shocking course it is.

    Is anyone else agreed, that the derby is only at epsom out of tradition, as otherwise it would have been shifted to somewhere like ascot?? Maybe the hill also has something to do with it, so why not have it at cheltenham???

    Btw, with ascot – its really quite an unjustified piece of work – my dad did a photoshoot there a couple of months ago and spoke to the course manager – the capacity is not even gonna be increased by one – it’s only gonna have the parade ring in a different place so it is more accessible for grandstand members.

    #95302
    stevedvg
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    Britain is a collective term for all 5 states

    In that case, Great Britain must be smaller than Britain.

    GB is England, Scotland and Wales. The UK is "the United Kingdon of Great Britain & Northern Ireland".  

    The Rep of Ireland is in the British Isles, but not in Britain.

    (unless they’ve changed things in the 19 years since I left school)

    Steve

    #95303
    clivex
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    Some rubbish here…

    "ascot good as it was"…your kidding? that tunnel…awful grandstand…stupid coffindodgers in bowlers

    Cheletnham "not spectacular"…thats its only good point!

    For me, just voted sandown above goodwood. Both course lay things on very nicely for the punter but sandowns course is a bit fairer (to say the least)

    #95304
    jackane24
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    Well that’s what i always thought, but i was taught last week that ireland is in britain, but not the UK.

    Oh hang on – sorry, got a bit confused. Great Britain is England, Scotland and Wales. Britain and UK are collective terms for all 4 states.

    Anyway, back on topic!!!

    I watched the catterick race on channel 4, and the home straight is about 3 furlongs – that must be one of the worst courses in the uk.

    #95305
    davidbrady
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    Jackane<br>Ireland is not a part of Britain, Great Britain, or UK

    Stevedvg<br>The Curragh is actually in Co. Kildare which is slightly south west of Dublin.

    Just to clear up any geographical queries anyone may have had.

    #95306
    Zorro
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    Cheltenham has much in its favour. Sadly though there’s no proper racing. Only jumps.<br>Yes I meant Ascot, Purwell. Don’t know why they spent the 200 grand to change it, but it had better be good.

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