Chepstow racecourse

Based just outside the town in Monmouthshire, near the southern end of the Wye Valley, the track is quite undulating. There is a straight mile on the Flat and the jumps course is nearly two miles round. The main event by far is the Welsh National at Christmas.

Opened in 1926, it is one of three racecourses in Wales, the others being at Bangor-on-Dee and at Ffos Las in Carmarthenshire, opened in 2009.

Address: Chepstow Racecourse, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 6BE
Tel: 012 916 222 60
Admission: Premier £17; Grandstand £12 (OAPs& students £5 discount). Accompanied U16s free.
Road: Leave M4 at Junction 22, A466 to track
Rail: Paddington to Chepstow, then 1 1/2m taxi or bus ride. Or, vi Bristol Parkway, then 15 min taxi ride
Car park: Free
Flat: Left-hand oval course with very steep gradients and a home straight of about 5f. Overall the undulations do not suit the front running type.
Jumps: Left-hand oval course with changing gradients and a run-in of 240yds. Eleven fairly stiff fences plus seven hurdles per circuit the front running types always do well.