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England’s Oldest Racecourse

By Linda Tancs

Chester, England rightly takes its place in horse racing history, the first recorded race dating back to 1539 during the reign of King Henry VIII.  Known as the Roodee, the course is the oldest one still in use in England.  The 2013 season ends this Saturday with a series of class 3 and class 4 stakes with prizes ranging from £8,000 to £50,000.  Situated in the heart of Chester and easily accessible by road or rail, the course is signed from all the major routes into Chester on race days.


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