What, and where, is Happy Valley?

What, and where, is Happy Valley?  As far as horse racing is concerned, Happy Valley Racecourse is one of two popular facilities operated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the other being Sha Tin Racecourse. Originally built by the British military, on an area of previously uninhabitable wetland in the Wan Chai District, in the north of Hong Kong island, Happy Valley Racecourse staged its first fixtures in December 1846. The name ‘Happy Valley’ is euphemistic, probably derived from the presence of a cemetery and/or the high rate of malaria in early Hong Kong.

It would be fair to say that Happy Valley Racecourse has been superceded by the larger, more modern Sha Tin Racecourse, which was built by the Hong Kong Jockey Club in 1978. The latter hosts the four most prestigious horses races in the Hong Kong racing calendar, namely the Hong Kong Cup, Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Sprint and Hong Kong Vase – collectively known as ‘Hong Kong International Races’ – annually in December.

However, unlike Sha Tin Racecourse, Happy Valley Racecourse enjoys a central location, surrounded by a soaring city skyline. So-called ‘Happy Wednesday’ is particularly popular with Hong Kong residents and tourists alike. Floodlit horse racing, cheap admission, no dress code and live music combine to create a lively, exciting atmosphere and a social occasion as much as a horse racing experience.

Where, and what, is Garrison Savannah?

Where, and what, is Garrison Savannah?  Long before playing the best paying casino online was an option, readers of a certain age may well remember Garrison Savannah, a top-class steeplechaser trained by Jenny Pitman. In 1990, Garrison Savannah upstaged his better-fancied stable companion, Royal Athlete, by winning the Sun Alliance Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. However, in 1991 he looked, briefly, as if he might join the legendary Golden Miller as a winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National in the same season. He only just held on when beating The Fellow by a short head in the ‘Blue Riband’ event but, less than a month later, established what appeared to be an unassailable lead on the run to the final fence in the National. Sadly, for him, it wasn’t; he weakened from the Elbow and was headed by Seagram, who forged clear in the closing stages to win by 5 lengths.

Garrison Savannah, the horse, was named after Garrison Savannah, the racecourse, which is situated just east of Bridgetown, the capital city of Barbados, and is home to the Barbados Turf Club. Considered one of the finest parade grounds in the West Indies during colonial times, Garrison Savannah has been the home of horse racing on the tiny island since the middle of the nineteenth century. As such, it is one of the oldest racecourses in North or South America. The next time you’re stateside and playing the best online slots usa, consider what amazing sights and history is out there for lovers of betting and sport. The Sandy Lane Gold Cup, run over 1,800 metres, or approximately nine furlongs, on the first Saturday in March, is the most prestigious race of the year at Garrison Savannah.

Which defunct racecourse was nicknamed ‘The Frying Pan’?

Which defunct racecourse was nicknamed 'The Frying Pan'?  The defunct racecourse nicknamed ‘The Frying Pan’ was Alexandra Park which was, for 102 years, the closest course to central London. Unsurprising, the nickname was derived from the shape of the course which, due to space constraints, was laid out in the form of a figure ‘6’. The grandstand was situated at the top of the figure, opposite the winning post. Races over five furlongs started on a chute off the oval loop at the bottom at the bottom of the figure, but took place mainly on the straight course. Races over further started opposite the grandstand, proceeded along the straight course, around the loop – which had tight bends, akin to Chester – and back to the winning post, to create the additional distance.

Built by the Alexandra Park Company Limited, on 450 acres of the former Tottenham Wood Estate in Borough of Haringey, North London, Alexandra Park opened on June 30, 1868. Despite repeated criticism of the quality of the course and viewing facilities, Alexandra Park remained popular with racegoers – including the late John McCririck, who requested that his ashes be scattered at the furlong marker – for most of its life, until its final closure on September 8, 1970. Willie Carson, on the other hand, suggested Alexandra Park ‘wanted bombing’.

Which is the oldest racecourse in Australia?

Which is the oldest racecourse in Australia?  The oldest racecourse in Australia, still in operation, is Royal Randwick Racecourse, situated in the Eastern Suburbs region of Sydney, New South Wales, approximately four miles south-east of the city centre. Randwick, officially ‘Royal Randwick’ since 1992, began life as the ‘Sandy Course’ in the autumn of 1833 and staged annual races until 1838. By that stage, the racing surface had deteriorated dangerously and, faced with falling attendances, caused by increasingly unruly behaviour of patrons, the course closed.

Thereafter, Randwick was used only as a training establishment, until the Australian Jockey Club (AJC), which had been founded, as the Australian Race Committee (ARC), in 1840, moved its headquarters to the racecourse in 1860. Racing at Randwick resumed in May that year. In 2011, the AJC merged with the Sydney Turf Club (STC) to form the Australian Turf Club (ATC), which currently operates Royal Randwick Racecourse.

Since 2017, Royal Randwick Racecourse has been home to the most valuable race run in Australia,The Everest, staged annually during the Sydney Spring Carnival in October. A weight-for-age contest, run over 1,200 metres, or approximately 6 furlongs, The Everest offers total prize money of A$15 million, but commands an entry fee of A$600,000.

For the record, the first official horse race in Australia took place in Hyde Park, Sydney, in 2010. Meetings were staged, sporadically, until 1925, but at that stage Hyde Park was abandoned in favour of Bellevue Hill.and Camperdown.

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