Chester Races Today – Check Out All Races at Chester Today

This is the complete guide to Chester races today with key fixtures, events, cards, tips and results all available. In the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest racecourse still operating in the world today, The Roodee is actually within the city close to the border between England and Wales. Learn all about races at Chester today in more detail.

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Chester Racecourse Events & Fixtures

Dating back to the reign of King Henry VIII, Chester is also the smallest track in England. Officially starting in 1539 following England’s break with Rome and during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the Reformation Period, some sources say horse racing at Chester goes even further back to 1512.

Whichever date you go with, Chester Racecourse has been offering this great sport for around 500 years. It’s a historic setting and site for equine competition close to a natural border between England and Wales. Let’s learn more about this track.

Configuration of Chester Races Today

A full circuit of the course is only just over a mile (between 8 and 9 furlongs) round, and there are no chutes or straights on it, just an incredibly short run-in. Unlike other venues, Chester races today don’t suit galloping types as it’s a very tight, turning track where horses run left-handed.

Hard by a bend in the River Dee, Chester Racecourse has both that natural obstacle and a manmade one preventing expansion. A viaduct carrying a railway line that runs into the city centre towers above horses as they turn out of the home straight and on to the side of the track. It is Flat horse racing only on The Roodee with events on from May to September.

The Chester May Festival, where various trials from The Oaks and Epsom Derby take place, is the only major meeting at the course. Despite being completely flat due to its position on the floodplain of the River Dee, some racehorse trainers believe the turns of The Roodee help prepare their thoroughbreds for the rigours of Epsom Downs.

Chester May Festival

Without question the biggest races at Chester today, the Boodles May Festival takes place as its name suggests in May. Traditionally held in the first or second full week of the month on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, this meeting follows the end of the British jumps season and Punchestown Festival in Ireland.

It is also hot off the heels of major Newmarket races taking place during the Guineas Festival. With just days between them, trainers must target their horses either at the Rowley Mile or The Roodee. The three Chester races today with Group status happen during the May Festival, thus increasing the betting interest here.

Chester May Festival Day 1 – Chester Vase & Cheshire Oaks

Kicking off the May Festival is a card containing the Group 3 Chester Vase for three-year-old colts and geldings, plus a Listed event for fillies of that age in the Cheshire Oaks. See all of the opening day action with race information below:

Chester May Festival Day 1 Races Class of Race Type of Race Race Distance
Lily Agnes Stakes Class 2 2yo Flat Race 5f
0-95 Sprint Handicap Class 3 3yo Flat Handicap 5f
Cheshire Oaks Listed 3yo Flat Race 1m 3½f
Chester Vase Group 3 3yo Flat Race 1m 4½f
0-90 Sprint Handicap Class 3 3yo Flat Handicap 6f
3yo Maiden Stakes Class 3 3yo Flat Race 1m 2½f
0-85 Handicap Class 4 4yo+ Flat Handicap 7f

Chester May Festival Day 2 – Dee Stakes & Ormonde Stakes

On the middle day of the Boodles May Festival, older horses test their stamina on The Roodee in Group 3 Ormonde Stakes. It’s Ladies Day at Chester with a Listed contest for three-year-olds, the Dee Stakes, testing the credentials of the Classic generation. Here’s the card in full:

Chester May Festival Day 2 Races Class of Race Type of Race Race Distance
0-105 Sprint Handicap Class 2 4yo+ Flat Handicap 5f
0-100 Handicap Class 2 3yo Flat Handicap 7½f
Dee Stakes Listed 3yo Flat Race 1m 2½f
Ormonde Stakes Group 3 4yo+ Flat Race 1m 5½f
0-90 Handicap Class 3 4yo+ Flat Handicap 1m 2½f
Juvenile Maiden Stakes Class 2 2yo Flat Race 5f
0-85 Handicap Class 3 3yo Flat Handicap 1m 4½f

Chester May Festival Day 3 – Chester Cup & Huxley Stakes

The big betting race of the Chester May Festival, meanwhile, is the Chester Cup – a big field staying Heritage Handicap for older horses. While other days at the meeting have a bigger focus on youth, it’s the elder generation who take centre stage in the Group 2 Huxley Stakes. Here’s the lowdown on the Friday card:

Chester May Festival Day 3 Races Class of Race Type of Race Race Distance
Earl Grosvenor Handicap (0-105) Class 2 4yo+ Flat Handicap 7½f
0-105 Handicap Class 2 4yo+ Flat Handicap 1m 2½f
Huxley Stakes Group 2 4yo+ Flat Race 1m 2½f
Chester Cup Heritage Handicap 4yo+ Flat Handicap 2m 2½f
3yo Maiden Stakes Class 2 3yo Flat Race 1m 4½f
0-80 Handicap Class 4 4yo+ Flat Handicap 1m 4½f
Chester Plate Consolation Race 4yo+ Flat Handicap 2m 2½f

Other Chester Races Today & Throughout the Year

Later on in the year, there are some contests with Listed status among races at Chester today. These are either sprints like the Queensferry Stakes run over the summer, or middle-to-long distance events such as the Stand Cup over an extended mile-and-a-half in September. These are the other notable Chester races:

Chester Racecourse Events Race Name Class of Race Type of Race Race Distance When
City Plate Listed Flat Race 7f July
Queensferry Stakes Listed Flat Race 6f July / August
Chester Stakes Listed Flat Race 1m 6½f September
Stand Cup Listed Flat Race 1m 4½f September

Chester Race Card Today

Want to see all of the Chester races today in one place? We can help with that. SportsLens doesn’t just put you in touch with the best horse racing betting sites but provide a free and complete Chester racecard today for every meeting at The Roodee. Each time the course has action on it, just check higher up and see what’s going on.

Any Chester races racecard worthy of the name contains key info to help you and other punters make betting decisions. We cover all events at every track on today’s racecards so you know what is on and when. These have more than just the Chester races today with runners and riders on them but latest betting odds from top bookmakers and who trains the horses, plus their silks so you know what colours to look out for.

We also have one eye on the future. Our Chester races race card lets you look ahead to tomorrow’s racecards as well. This is particularly handy for the May Festival when The Roodee hosts three consecutive days of action on the track. Check out the latest Chester race card today for all the details.

Chester Races Tips Today

Want to know what our tips for Chester races today are? SportsLens has horse racing from The Roodee and other tracks in UK and Ireland covered on a daily basis. Our experts tip plenty of winners at courses across the British Isles, so check out their Chester races tips today with plenty of angles covered depending on how you like to bet.

There are many different types of Chester betting tips on offer here. From daily NAPs and selections for every race to help with filling in a Tote Placepot, Chester races today tips can even stray into buying and selling horse racing spreads on Spreadex. Our tipsters all have great reputations within the industry. Look up their latest Chester races tips for today without delay.

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Chester Races Today Results

For Chester races results today, we can also help you. Once everything has been made official and the horses have weighed in, you can see who finished where thanks to our results service. We offer different things to punters here, which all may be of interest.

Looking back on results at Chester races today when they come in shows you which trainers and jockeys are in form. These are just one course on days when there are plenty of horse racing results to consider. We list more than just the Chester races winners today, then, with every British course included.

Where are our racecards go into the immediate future, the results service on SportsLens also considers the recent past. On top if Chester races today results, you can also look at what happened the day before. The fact is that yesterday’s racing results can inform tomorrow’s betting decisions indicating which stables and jockeys are in-form.

We know that you want results from Chester races today pronto, as quickly as possible. Ask and you shall receive. We provide a fast results service that gives punters the top level bare bones of what happened on the track, the winning horses and those placed at their starting prices (SPs). This lets you know in a speedy and easily digestible way just moments after they cross the line who is in the frame.

The Last Word

From the May Festival to minor race meetings, Chester races and horses today take part at a historic track. While not every thoroughbred finds The Roodee to their liking, there is still plenty to ponder before taking a punt. See all the latest cards, tips and results for Chester races today here on SportsLens.

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