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As befits a track that adjoins one of the biggest caravan parks on the British coast, Yarmouth plans its year around the tourist industry staging its Flat racing throughout the summer months (April to October) and both its afternoon and evening meetings are always well attended.
Left-handed and around 1m5f in circumference, this is a perfectly-flat course that favours the long-striding type as there is a near five-furlong run from the final bend to the finishing line with races up to a mile staged on a wide straight course. The ability to truly stay the distance is paramount but the effect of the draw has diminished in recent years as sprinters often come up the centre of the track nowadays.
Racing was first recorded in Yarmouth in 1715 but the current site, on the North Denes, has only been in use since 1920. It was originally based on the South Denes. Northern Racing are the majority shareholders in the track which is partly run by the local council.
The Listed John Musker Fillies’ Stakes is the main race of the relatively new Eastern Festival, which takes place over three days in September. The 1m2f contest has been won by some decent fillies down the years but it’s always worth taking note of anything that veteran trainer Clive Brittain runs. He saddled the 125/1 winner in 2012, his third success since 1999.
Generally speaking, Chris Wall’s older handicappers, particular his fillies, win plenty of prize money and Mark Johnston, John Gosden and Peter Chapple-Hyam find good opportunities for their juveniles.
The public entrance for Yarmouth racecourse is on Fremantle Road, a mile from the town centre. From Caister, take the A149 and from Norwich, the A147. The town’s Vauxhall station is an easy 15-minute walk.
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