Leicester is a wide-open track that hosts Flat and National Hunt with the main buildings located in the corner, with the races running clockwise. It hosts a number of good races including the King Richard III Stakes in April each year and the Silver Fox Handicap Chase each December.
In a city dominated for so many years by the rugby side, and now the Premier League champions, the Racecourse often has to fight for local media attention.
During mid-week racing they operate a ‘One Enclosure’ policy so everyone has access to all areas including the Parade Ring & Winners Enclosure. When they operate premium dates, the Grandstand Badge allows access to all areas except the private hospitality suites, Owners & Trainers and the Premier Stand. For an extra £4 you can upgrade to a Premier Badge. This allows access into the Premier Stand giving you an extra bar & seating area, extra betting facilities, lawned area adjacent to the Winning Line, extra rails Bookmakers & the covered outside seating area.
You can also upgrade from Premier Badge to the Club Room, if it is available for £6. This gives you a lovely room with head on views over the course and access to the private terrace with the Owners & Trainers.
Our last visit – October 2015
My already packed day just got even better when I discovered that not only could I use the park and ride at the Racecourse for the Rugby World Cup game at the King Power Stadium but there was also a meeting on and I have a chance to indulge in a few races. The bright sunshine and heavy showers would make the conditions challenging but there was sure to be some winners to be had.
The first win? Bumping into Eddie the Shoe who gave me the tip of grabbing a hot pork pie early doors as they would sell out. Sound advice from one of the sagest of racing sages. All of the action takes place in one corner of the course meaning you don’t have to wander too far to get a beer, place a bet or wander down to the finishing post.
It always seems unfair when a horse owned by Her Majesty runs on provincial tracks – it’s like an international playing for a Sunday League side. The case in point was underlined by the winner in the first race, Light Music although it was at ridiculously short odds of 7/1 on! Permera, following my Jimmy Quinn tactic, gave me an e/w 16/1 second and boosted my betting pot for the two next races before I was heading off to the rugby. Nothing in the 2:40pm was offset by Agadoo at 11/2 in the 3:10pm meaning I ended my short afternoon £10 up including my admission, a pork pie and a beer.
Whats the track like?: Leicester is a wide-open track that hosts Flat and National Hunt with the main buildings located in the corner, with the races running clockwise.
Admission: During midweek meetings, tickets can be bought online in advance for £14, with an on-the-gate admission of £16. The racecourse also offers a unique offer in that should it rain for more than one hour from the start of the first race to the end of the last race the race goer will be entitled to enter the next fixture free of charge (not applicable for Ladies Day). Tickets for Gentlemens and Ladies Day start from £20 and £30 respectively but also include post racing entertainment (not quite sure what Gentlemens entertainment means in this context!).
Food and Drink: There’s a number of places to eat depending on how formal you want to be. The Nelson Suite offers some excellent food and panaramic view of the track. The Angus Beef Bar offers some superb locally sourced beef served Ina bun with some onions and there’s bars in the grandstand such as the Great Hall and the Winning Post.
Address: Leicester Racecourse, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 4AL
Directions: As you come off at Junction 21 of the M1/M69 head eastbound on Soar Valley Way (A563) towards Oadby and Wigston. Follow Soar Valley Way until you reach the A6 and at that point the Racecourse will be on your right hand side. The nearest station is Leicester which is around 2 miles away. When you exit the train station head southbound on the A6 (London Road) towards Oadby. You can either walk the 2 miles, get in a taxi from the taxi rank located inside the train station or catch a bus.
The most direct bus to the Racecourse is the Arriva Sapphire 31 and 31A. If you are coming from Leicester City Centre the stop you need to get off at is the Oadby Glebe Road bus stop which is across the road from the Racecourse. If you are coming from Oadby you need the Oadby Meadowcourt Road bus.
Hotels near-by: There’s no hotels close to the Racecourse but The Belmont hotel in De Montford Square offers bed, breakfast and two tickets for the races from £100.