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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 May, 2003, 14:25 GMT 15:25 UK
Top tracks: Chester
Chester racecourse
CHESTER'S BIG EVENTS
May meeting (featuring Chester Vase, Chester Cup and Ormonde Stakes)
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July meeting

Chester is the oldest course in the country with history records going back to the early 16th century.

Racing takes place on the Roodee which was once the site of a massive Roman Harbour.

As well as its history, the track is also one of Britain's most picturesque with views of the Roodee, the River Dee and the Welsh Hills and attracts race-goers from all over the North-West and beyond

The track is left-handed and just over a mile round but its main characteristic is the shortness of its run-in.

It is just 239 yards, which offers little scope for last-minute bursts.

There is a definite advantage to being drawn on the inside rail and it is not a track that favours long-striding horses.




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