- Built: 1887
- Track: Tapeta Track 2014
- Track Length: 1m
- Features: Floodlit
Located on the outskirts of Wolverhampton City Centre at Dunstall Park, Wolverhampton Racecourse was Britain’s first floodlit racetrack, and brings you the thrills of racing day and night. Wolverhampton hosts around 80 fixtures a year.
Wolverhampton has hosted horse race meetings since 1887. The racecourse moved to the current Dunstall Park venue at the end of the 1920’s, originally hosting both jump and Flat Racing on the turf.
In 1993 there was a complete overhaul of the track and a Fibresand surface was laid alongside the turf track. Floodlights were also added to allow for evening racing. History was made when the first ever British horserace took place under those floodlights in 1993.
In 2004 the Fibresand and turf tracks were replaced by the current Polytrack surface. The course is an oval of just over 1m in circumference with tight left-handed turns and a short run in. The course also has additional chutes for 6f and 7f races.
A new Tapeta surface was installed in August 2014. At the time, this was the first Tapeta racing surface in Europe and its introduction has been widely praised by trainers and jockeys who report it to be a safe and fair surface for horses. Such was the success at Wolverhampton that Tapeta was chosen for Newcastle’s new all-weather surface which opened in 2016.
Tapeta uses a selection of specifically blended fibres, waxes, PVC and sand to a depth of up to seven inches. The first Tapeta surface was pioneered by Michael Dickinson and his wife Joan Wakefield over fifteen years ago. Four other racecourses use Tapeta: Newcastle in the UK, Golden Gate Fields and Presque Isle Downs in the USA and Tapeta Park in Tasmania.
CONTACT THE COURSE
Clerk of the Course:
Tel: 01902 390066 – Mob: 07971 531162
Tel: 01902 390026
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