Four horses and jockeys racing past the grandstand at Chepstow Racecourse.
Four horses and jockeys racing past the grandstand at Chepstow Racecourse.
How It All Started

A story looking back into racing history.

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The Story Behind Chepstow Racecourse

Chepstow Racecourse opened its gates in the early 1920's and has since blossomed into a bustling track that is home to the Welsh Grand National. From just a pretty park, this venue is now home to racing fixtures and music events throughout the year, as well as being available to hire for conferences and events.

A view of the home straight at Chepstow Racecourse.

From A Park …

When a group of ten South Wales worthies gathered together in the early 1920s and formed a company to purchase Chepstow's picturesque Piercefield Park, little did they know just how successful their plan to build a racecourse in its 370 undulating acres would be.

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A view of a full crowd in the grandstand at Chepstow Racecourse.

… To 20,000 racegoers

Those pioneering stalwarts, including such dignitaries as the Lords Tredegar, Glanely and Queenborough, waited patiently for 3 long years as 80 men toiled to hew the course from the green and pleasant parkland. But those labours reaped a rich harvest in the summer of 1926 when 20,000 racegoers turned up for the inaugural race meeting at Chepstow racecourse.

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