Just off the A38, 3 miles north of Junction 14 M5
Postcode (Sat Nav) – GL13 9JU
Fences per circuit – 10
Course length – 2 circuits
Total number of fences – 19
Course opened – 1946
Irrigation facilities – Yes
Course description – left handed
NEXT RACE MEETING
Saturday 25th April 2020 – First Race – 2 p.m.
This picturesque course was first used in 1946 and at the farthest point from the spectators the runners race in the shadows of Berkeley Castle.
With the exception of the 6th/15th fence all the course is viewable from the hill overlooking the first fence. It’s the only course in the West Midland Area where the runners race away from you and back towards you, rather than the normal viewing experience provided by most racecourses.
The paddock lay out has changed in recent years, with easy access from the horse boxes and onto the course with the start and the first fence in a chute directly in front of the main viewing area.
This fence is only taken once with the runners bearing left- handed to meet a line of four fences which are taken in quick succession, the last of which is an open ditch.
The runners bear right-handed after this obstacle and disappear from sight (In the days before Health and Safety the commentator used to be perched on a platform at the top of a tree. This was followed by a hydraulic platform and now the obligatory commentators wagon). Even he had difficulty seeing fence six after which the runners turn right handed and reappear back into view.
Fence seven is situated at the entrance into the home straight, after which the course bears turns slightly left-handed to meet the next three fences (eight, nine and ten) which are virtually in a straight line. They race towards the winning post and then take a fairly sharp left-handed bend before going out onto the second circuit.