Badges through the decades

Brief History


Records show a meeting took place at Parkwell in 1772.


Evidence of racing taking place at Oakgrove as early as 1836, and continued to be organised by the local hunt until 1900.


First evidence of racing in the vicinity of Chepstow.


The first meeting at the present day course at Piercefield Park takes place on 6th August 1926. This makes Chepstow the newest of the 59 racecourses in the country. The first race was won by Conca d'Oro in the Selling Plate.


The Welsh St Leger is run and won by Sledmere, trained by Alec Taylor.


A famous time in the history of the racecourse when Sir Gordon Richards rode 11 out of 12 winners. He went through the card on the first day and won the first 5 races on day two. By this stage he had won 12 consecutive races, having won the last at Nottingham just before the start of the Chepstow meeting. In the last at Chepstow he failed by a head and a neck to give Doug Smith's Lament 34lbs.





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The Welsh Grand National is run at Chepstow for the first time after the famous race, establshed at Cardiff in 1908, had been run at Newport in 1948 after the closure of Cardiff.


A sad day in the history of the racecourse when John Hughes, for so long the racing manager, dies.

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